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Sky Bet and EFL announce Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards

27 April 2018

EFL title sponsor Sky Bet are introducing a new Golden Boot trophy for the 2017/18 season to mark the top goalscorers of each of the EFL divisions.

There will also be an all-new Sky Bet EFL Golden Glove award for the goalkeeper who keeps the most clean sheets in the division.

The first award, the Sky Bet Championship Golden Glove, will be presented to the Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper John Ruddy on Saturday at Molineux, as his total of 23 clean sheets for the season is three ahead of his nearest rival, Aston Villa’s Sam Johnstone, with only two fixtures to play.

The race for the Sky Bet Championship Golden Boot is considerably tighter, with Derby County’s Matej Vydra currently topping the charts with 20 goals.

Hot on his heels are Bristol City’s Bobby Reid and Aston Villa’s Lewis Grabban, who both have 19.

The Derby hitman said: “It has been a good season for me. I hope I can score more goals with, hopefully, five more games to play as well. *

“I have never won a Golden Boot or anything like that before in my career. I have said before that it isn’t about my statistics – goals and assist – it is about the team winning. If I can score goals and the team wins matches, especially these important ones, it would be amazing for me.”

Grabban, who has a chance to pull level with Vydra and is highly likely to be involved in the Play-Offs too said: “I’m obviously pleased to have managed to score 19 goals so far this season and hopefully I can add some more before the end of the season.
“It’s been a good season for me on a personal level, scoring goals for Sunderland and I’ve really enjoyed my time at Aston Villa since joining in January.”

Reid, who only started playing as a striker in the summer, said: “I’ve really enjoyed it. I didn’t really feel any pressure from anyone. I’ve just got on with my job and I haven’t really looked back since scoring on the opening day of the season.

“Lee Johnson’s faith has been massive for me. Obviously, he was a player at the club when I made my debut, then he took me on loan to Oldham and gave me my first start in EFL football.

“He sat me down in the summer to discuss converting me into a striker and I wasn’t too sure. He put belief in me and told me I’d get goals; I did that in pre-season and took that into the league campaign.”

Marriott (26 goals) is currently four ahead of his nearest rival – Portsmouth’s Brett Pitman (22) - with two games remaining, and Kee (25) is currently three goals ahead of Cheltenham’s Mohamed Eisa (22).

Marriott is the top goalscorer throughout the three EFL divisions, but his goals have only been good enough to bring Peterborough to just outside the Play-Off positions.

On the other hand, Kee’s goals have taken Accrington to the verge of the Sky Bet League Two title, which they can secure with a point against Lincoln City on Saturday at the Wham Stadium.

In the event of a tie for either the most goals or clean sheets, two trophies will be awarded and the title will be shared.

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