Blackpool’s Caleb Richards has picked up the third Checkatrade Player of the Round Award of the season for his outstanding performance against Middlesbrough U21s at Bloomfield Road last month.
Making his first competitive start in an unfamiliar right-back position, the 19-year-old showed his mature reading of the game to make two goal line clearances and produced a fine cross to set up Danny Philliskirk’s opening goal in the 4-1 win.
“We performed really well as a team and to be able to make such a contribution personally, on my first competitive start, made the victory even sweeter,” Richards said.
“The Checkatrade Trophy has given me a fantastic opportunity to join the senior team and I’m really happy that I’ve been able to help Blackpool progress through the competition and take one step closer to a Wembley final – which would be massive for this club.”
The Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round competition gives fans the opportunity to vote for the player they feel performed best during the second round of fixtures. Blackpool fans voted on mass for Richards, making sure he collected the second Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round trophy of the season.
Caleb was joined on the shortlist by other standout performers from the Checkatrade Trophy:
- Jack Byrne (Oldham Athletic)
- Jordan Graham (Fulham)
- Erico Sousa (Accrington Stanley)
- Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham)
Matches taking place from Round Two 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
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