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Gestede and Morris shortlisted

1 May 2014

Rudy Gestede and Josh Morris are both in with a chance of winning their respective league's player of the month awards for April.

Shortlisted for the Sky Bet Championship player of the month, Gestede was Rovers' star man last month, bagging six goals and claiming the odd assist along the way in helping Gary Bowyer's side remain unbeaten throughout April.

He started by laying on the opener for Jordan Rhodes against Ipswich before heading home Rovers' second in a 2-0 win.

The following Tuesday night he was back amongst the goals with a 25-yard thunderbolt to set Rovers on their way to a 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

The manager had challenged the likeable forward to reach double figures and he achieved that feat in sensational fashion with a hat-trick of headers as Birmingham City were swept aside at St. Andrew's.

Rovers' final game of April saw Gestede grab his sixth goal of a productive month, a pin-point header from Joshua King's centre that helped his side defeat Charlton 3-1.

Nicky Bailey (Millwall), Adam Bogdan (Bolton) and Jason Shackell (Burnley) have also been nominated.

Shortlisted for the Sky Bet League Two award is Josh Morris. On loan at Fleetwood Town, Morris has been a revelation for Graham Alexander's side, grabbing his first career goals in April.

The first came in a 2-1 win away at Cheltenham Town when a first-time shot from the 22-year-old saw the home side defeated.

Three days later he was back amongst the goals when his long-range effort, the only strike of the game, helped ten-man Fleetwood defeat Wycombe Wanderers 1-0.

It was certainly an Easter to remember for Morris, the victories ensuring Fleetwood of a place in the end of season play-offs.

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth), Pablo Mills (Bury) and Nick Pope (York City) have also been nominated.

The winners for each league will be announced on the morning of Friday May 2nd. The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Head of Communications John Nagle; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins.

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