Blackpool's Arsenal loanee misses out on League One player of the month award to Hull City man and Northern Ireland teammate

Blackpool’s Dan Ballard has missed out on winning the EFL’s League One player of the month award.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 10:19 am

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The defender was nominated for the gong after some fine displays in April, helping the Seasiders keep three clean sheets on their way to securing their spot in the play-offs.

But the EFL’s judging panel opted to hand the award to Hull City’s Josh Magennis instead after the striker’s impressive goalscoring form.

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Magennis, Ballard’s Northern Ireland teammate, scored six times for the title winning Tigers last month, also picking up an assist.

Oxford United full-back Sam Long, who scored three of his side’s 18 goals in April, and Burton Albion’s Joe Powell, who also found the back of the net on three occasions last month, were also nominated for the award.

Grant McCann claimed the League One manager of the month award to complete a double for Hull.

He saw off competition from Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton, Leam Richardson of Wigan Athletic and AFC Wimbledon boss Mark Robinson.

Ballard helped Pool keep three clean sheets last month

Former Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer claimed the League Two version of the award after guiding Salford City to five wins and two draws from their eight games.

Salford sit ninth in the table, two points adrift of Forest Green ahead of Saturday’s final games of the season.

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