BLACKBURN Rovers striker Rudy Gestede has been named the Championship player of the month.

Gestede, who scored six goals in six starts in April, saw off competition from Burnley captain and centre-back Jason Shackell, Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and Millwall midfielder Nicky Bailey to net the prize.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer said: “Rudy has been a fantastic signing for us.

“As a person, he is top class. He has played a massive part for the team with some very impressive performances. His goals have been the icing on the cake.

“He works hard to improve his game and he is only going to get better.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman, who was part of the judging panel, said: “Rudy has finished the season strongly and scored plenty of goals.

“Rudy’s form and a developing partnership with the prolific Jordan Rhodes have put smiles back on the faces of the Rovers fans.”

Young Rovers midfielder Josh Morris, who is on loan at play-off bound Fleetwood Town, has been named the League Two player of the month.

Goodman said:  “Morris has had a fantastic month for Fleetwood as the team went unbeaten in April.

“Josh’s winning goals against Cheltenham and Wycombe secured a play-off spot that gives Fleetwood a real chance of progressing to the next level.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been named as the Championship manager of the month.