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Sky Bet League One: February Player of the Month winner

Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for February.

8 March 2019

Four goals in six games for the Irishman who continues to treat League One to his skills.

Most impressive is his consistency, spreading the goals over five games, with the highlight a sumptuous free-kick at Bristol Rovers.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross said: “Aiden has been outstanding consistently for a long period of time now and this is the reward of that.

“Players recognise him as a match winner and there’s nothing wrong with that. I have got a lot of players who have different attributes and all contribute to us winning, but Aiden has got that x-factor to make us win games.

“There’s few players who are blessed with that ability and obviously working with him day in day out, I’ve understood just how good he is. He is an immensely talented footballer but you have got to have the attitude, desire and application to back that up and he’s certainly done that this season.”

McGeady said: “It’s good that your efforts are recognised for your good performances and efforts. The main thing is the team has been playing well, though. I was nominated a couple of months back and I think one of the lads from Lincoln got it. 

“Personal awards are always nice to have but the team has been doing well and the main objective isn’t that one of us ends us with the Player of the Month or Player of the Season award because we want to get the team promoted.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “McGeady’s four goals could easily have been five had he not encouraged Will Grigg to take the penalty which was to allow him to open his Sunderland account against Gillingham.

“He’s clearly a class act at this level and his all round play, as well as goals and assists set him apart in League One last month.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Four goals in six games for McGeady who continues to show that he is a class above in League One.

“He scored a great free-kick against Bristol Rovers to put him into double figures for the season on 10 goals and although he probably won’t be winning the Golden Boot his consistent performances mean that Sunderland are well placed for promotion straight back to the Sky Bet Championship at 5/6.

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