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Charlton boss Nathan Jones asked about Alfie May’s absence from League One Player of the Season shortlist – with Derby, Peterborough and Portsmouth players all nominated

Nathan Jones admitted he was surprised to learn that Alfie May was omitted from the shortlist for League One’s Player of the Season award. 

But Jones insisted the Charlton forward’s absence from the top three took nothing away from his debut campaign at The Valley.

The 30-year-old was named in the League One Team of the Season, but Peterborough’s Harrison Burrows, Derby’s Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Portsmouth’s Marlon Pack were selected for the main award.

Posh skipper Burrows claimed the award for his performances at left-back under Darren Ferguson.

The 22-year-old has picked up 13 assists and scored six goals for Peterborough in 43 League One outings.

May, who joined Charlton in the summer from Cheltenham, is the current top League One goalscorer, with 23 goals so far.

Jones said: “There are three [players] in the top four [teams in the league].

“Portsmouth are top of the league and doing well, so Marlon Pack is key for them.

“Mendez-Lang is a good forward – Harrison Burrows’ assists. 

“They’re worthy ones. Wwe’re disappointed because we have the leading goalscorer in the team and he’s played in the team who hasn’t been at the top.

“It does surprise me. A lot of people get mentioned for the EFL awards that are surprising and some that you are surprised that don’t get in, surprise you as well.

“That’s opinions. Alfie has had a wonderful season – nothing detracts from the season he’s had or the way he’s respected at Charlton.

“It’s one of those things.”

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