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Cairney shortlisted for August award!

4 September 2014

Rovers midfielder Tom Cairney has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award for August.

Cairney, who scooped Rovers’ Player of the Year award last season, has started this season in equally impressive fashion.

He netted Rovers’ opening goal of the 2014-15 campaign with a stunning strike against Cardiff City and followed that up with an even better finish from 25 yards out against Norwich City with his first touch!  

Cairney has also contributed a couple of assists, with Grant Hanley heading home his corner against Bournemouth and Jordan Rhodes latching onto his through ball for the penalty at Wolves. 

The versatile 23-year-old, who has operated in a variety of different roles already this season, is up against Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio, Millwall defender Alan Dunne and Charlton Athletic striker Igor Vetokele.

The August nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award are:

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) –winger
The Forest fans fell in love immediately with their new signing as he rang in the new season with three assists and three goals – two in the 4-0 win over Reading. Brought a direct running style which had been missing at Forest.

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers)– midfielder
Switched between right and central midfield. His distribution and cool creativity impressed centrally, while the wing gave him more freedom to go forward. Scored two stunners from distance, including a sumptuous volley against Norwich City.

Alan Dunne (Millwall) –central defender
Switched from full-back by manager Ian Holloway at the end of last season. The club captain has revelled in the central role, reading play and organising teammates. Largely responsible for Millwall’s new-found solidity. 

Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic)– striker
Five goals in as many games for the livewire Angola striker who offers Charlton a threat in behind defences. His finishing power was exemplified by both a low 20-yarder and a mazy run for his two goals at Brighton & Hove Albion.

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 Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery. The winner will be announced tomorrow (Friday).

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