Charlton Athletic’s Reeco Hackett-Fairchild has picked up the Checkatrade Player of the Round Award for his outstanding performance against Swansea City U21 in Round Two of the Checkatrade Trophy. Addicks supporter Terry Buckle won the opportunity to present the striker with his well-earned award.
The 19-year-old scored twice in just his second senior start, helping his side earn a 3-2 win against the Swans earlier this month.
Both goals were memorable as Hackett-Fairchild found himself with his back to goal – the first was a smart turn and shot, before his improvised hooked finish helped his side through to Round Three.
Hackett-Fairchild said: “Our performance as a team against Swansea U21 got us one step further in the Checkatrade Trophy. On a personal level, I was delighted to be able to score twice and help the boys book our place in Round Three.
“The Checkatrade Trophy has given me a fantastic opportunity to join the senior team and we’re looking forward to taking on last year’s finalists Oxford United on January 9th.”
Terry Buckle, the winning fan, said: “As a Charlton supporter, I didn’t just vote for Hackett-Fairchild out of loyalty! His performance and two goals made him a worthy winner of the Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round. I’d love us to keep progressing through this competition, each round gets us one step closer to a Wembley appearance.”
The Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round competition gives fans the opportunity to vote for the player they feel performed best during each stage of the competition. Hackett-Fairchild was joined on the shortlist by other standout performers from the Checkatrade Trophy:
- Nicky Ajose (Bury)
- Luke Gambin (Luton Town)
- Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United)
- Jack Sowerby (Fleetwood Town)
2017/18 Player of the Round winners
Matches taking place from the second round of this season’s Checkatrade Trophy are being broadcast to fans in the UK and overseas via the EFL’s live streaming platform, iFollow.
It means that fans at home and abroad will be able to watch their team live on screen no matter where they are based, with all ties up until the conclusion of the Quarter-Finals scheduled to be streamed online.
The Semi-Finals and Final will then be screened live on Sky Sports. For more details, visit www.efl.com/iFollow/subscribe.