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League Two

Player of the Month: Mitch Rose – Grimsby Town

4 May 2018

Grimsby Town midfielder Mitch Rose has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for April.

Assured in midfield, Rose converted penalties under suffocating pressure in three successive games to earn his side seven points.

Not any old penalties either; two came in the final 10 minutes against relegation rivals Chesterfield and Barnet.

Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley said: "Mitch has really stepped forward this month, delivering under pressure with his three penalties and his overall performances.

“He was certainly pivotal to our improved form in April and fully deserves this recognition."

Rose said: “I’m delighted, obviously it’s a huge accolade to have from an individual perspective and I’m just happy to be able to finish the season on a high.

“The new manager brought a real work ethic into the group.When we were first introduced to him at the game at Carlisle he said to us that from what he’d seen of our last three games, he felt we had the quality to survive in this division and from that Monday the intensity went up massively compared to what we were used to."

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Things were looking far from rosy for Grimsby at the start of the month and many wouldn’t have given them much chance of survival when they faced relegation rivals Chesterfield without a win in the previous 21 games.

“Mitch Rose’s 88th-minute penalty under the most intense pressure not only won them three crucial points, but put them on a run that allowed them to take seven points from the final three games, securing their Sky Bet League Two status in the process.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford said: “Rose displayed nerves of steel to net not one, but three penalties to drag his Grimsby side clear of the relegation zone in League Two.

“Those spot-kicks yielded seven crucial points to secure the Mariners’ EFL status and his strike against basement side Chesterfield ended a winless run that stretched back to early December.”

The judging panel for the Sky Bet Player of the Month comprises Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford.


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