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Wigan Athletic defender Chey Dunkley named March League One Player of the Month

Wigan Athletic defender Chey Dunkley is named the League One Player of the Month for March thanks to three goals and four successive clean sheets over the month.

Wigan Athletic defender Chey Dunkley has been named the League One Player of the Month for March.

The 26-year-old impressed at both ends of the pitch, providing three goals and contributing to four successive clean sheets to his side's promotion charge.

Paul Cook poses with his League One player of the month award for March 2018

"Chey has been brilliant all season for us and has formed a great direct partnership with Dan Burn in the centre of defence," Wigan manager Paul Cook told the EFL website.

"It's a massive squad effort, though, and Chey would be the first to acknowledge the contributions of his teammates towards this award."

Dunkley, meanwhile, said of his award: "Throughout the season, we've always tried to have a strong foundation, which gives us the best chance of winning games.

"We go into the game looking to keep clean sheets and hopefully we've got the quality up there to score a goal to take us over the line.

"I like to say I'm aggressive in the air and like to get my head on things. I wouldn't say I was always working on the offensive side of the game but I do fancy myself to get goals here and there and chip in from defense."

Dunkley won the March gong ahead of Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Alex Cairns, Peterborough United striker Jack Marriott and Portsmouth forward Brett Pitman.

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