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READ | Semi picks up Championship March Player of the Month award

12 April 2019

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The winners of the Sky Bet EFL Player of the Month Awards for March are:

Sky Bet Championship: Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United)

Rotherham United midfielder Semi Ajayi has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for March.

Ajayi’s power and will to win were always suited to the transition from central defence to midfield.

Less predictable were five goals in five games, three courtesy of prodigious leaps and flying headers, two immaculately timed low shots.

Ajayi said: “It is a massive honour, and it is something I am really pleased to receive. I have to say though that the award is a team effort, I wouldn't be in the position to collect the award without my team mates.

“During the month we performed well in a number of games, picking up some vital points. It was a good all round team effort. I am also hugely grateful to the staff, who have been brilliant.

"It was a good month, and to be given the award ahead of some very stiff opposition is even more pleasing.

“The season is coming to a close now, but from a team perspective we are still fighting hard to keep this club in The Championship, and from a personal point of view this will also give me confidence going into the remaining games this season.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “When the situation is as desperate as it is for Rotherham at the moment, a point can make all the difference.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that if Rotherham manage to stay in the division, it will be down – in no small part – to Ajayi’s goals from midfield.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Semi Ajayi for a defender was in the goalscoring form of his life in March and his five goals in five games and excellent performances had given The Millers a fighting chance of staying in the division.”

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