Even though I have done it on a few occasions this season, I never really like highlighting individuals in what has been an exceptional team effort this season.

And when I say team effort, I mean everyone involved with the club: The owner, the chairman, the board of directors, the staff, the playing squad and, last but not least, the fans.

It’s the team work what has helped us achieve promotion to the Championship, as well as inevitably lifting the League One trophy at home to Barnsley this Sunday.

The teamwork was again there to see during the 4-0 win at Blackpool, especially in the second half. However, having said that, I do want to pick out the performance of one player who turned that game on it’s head.

That player is Chris McCann, who has been a real unsung hero over the course of the campaign.

He may not have as much flare as Yanic Wildschut, the touch of Michael Jacobs or the goal-scoring prowess of Will Grigg, but he does have his very own qualities.

Versatility is one of them. The man is a central midfielder by trade, but he has deputised at left-back in a back four and left wing-back in a back five this term.

Don’t get me wrong, he has filled in the defence extremely well, but in my opinion he is much more threatening in an attacking midfield role because he never takes a backwards step.

The 29-year old isn’t blessed with pace but he times his runs beyond the striker to perfection. He also has a powerful driving run to his name and a sweet left foot too.

You only have to look back to the game at Blackpool. When Caldwell moved him into midfield, the Tangerines’ defence couldn’t cope.

He pressed well in midfield, scored the opening goal and played a part in the other three claiming two direct assists.

He’s a brilliant player at this level and for me his experience will be key for us in the Championship next year.

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  1. McCann had magical boots on Saturday. When he wears those, he can win games all on his own! Could’ve had a hat-trick in the previous game, too. He seems to embark upon these devastating 20-minute rampages…