Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month.
Four goals and three assists in six games offer evidence that Preston manager Alex Neil was appropriate to hand a more innovative role to start this season to Johnson. The reversal of place has given his passes more impact as imagination is lent by him to the North End attack.
Johnson said:”On an individual level I am pleased to receive the award, but without the boys this would not have been attainable, so credit to them as well.
“I have been very pleased with the beginning of the year, however there’s still a very long way to proceed; hopefully I can continue to keep this form up and continue to assist the team. I like to play that place higher up the pitch, so where I can contribute with assists and goals.”
Swansea manager Steve Cooper has been appointed the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for August.
The stars of last season’s team and without Oli McBurnie and Daniel James, new to senior management, Cooper’s achievement in Swansea unbeaten to 16 points out of a possible 18 and the top of the Championship is nothing short of extraordinary.
Cooper said:”This award isn’t about someone – it’s a manifestation of the hard work and effort put not only by the players but also the training staff and everyone connected to the club.
“In the small amount of time I have been here, it’s clear to me that each and every person working for this club is indeed excited and driven to assist Swansea City advancement.
“Results-wise it has been a good start for people, and I’m delighted for everyone none more than the fans because they have been amazing.
“We are just six games in so we aren’t getting removed. The challenge for everybody now is to stay focused and continue working hard to make sure our good beginning is more than that.”
Manager: Paul Lambert
Ipswich manager Paul Lambert was appointed the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for August.
Turning a losing mentality around is not simple. Ipswich won five games a year, yet they managed four successes within an abysmal August relegation and picked up 14 points. Lambert’s beliefs in his players is now grabbing.
Lambert said:”It is great to receive the award but it’s a collective for everybody involved. From the time that I came here, the service behind me by the staff I brought into the men and women who I’ve inherited was fantastic. The players are performing every week and when they do this, you receive the plaudits.”
Player: Marcus Maddison, Peterborough
Peterborough midfielder Marcus Maddison has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for August.
August brought three goals and six assists to its mercurial midfielder. As the month went to the point where he had been unplayable at a character against Sunderland and MK Dons, of whom he scored free kicks against both maddison enhanced.
Maddison said:”it’s an award I haven’t won previously, so I am really happy that I have been given this award.
“It does mean a lot. I’ve had a great beginning to the season, I have belief in my team-mates, the manager has been brilliant with me and now I would say I am not really at full fitness yet, and so to win the award off the rear of this, is great. Hopefully I can carry on my form and the team could carry that form ahead.”
Manager: Exeter, Matt Taylor
Exeter manager Matt Taylor has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for August.
Three times in August his negative plundered a goal in the last five minutes. That turned an ordinary beginning to an outstanding individual with 14 points from six games.Taylor has his players fit and hungry to mount a promotion challenge.
Taylor said:”It’s been a good month, but that’s down to the players. I have got and when a manager is awarded the manager of this month then it’s because the consequences are there – and that’s down to the players.
“You need to keep on playing well, you need to keep on picking up things. Where the accent had been on the chances to come within the upcoming few months, we had a meeting, and we’ve got to get the most out of them.
“The lads appear to be enjoying their football and their own coaching. Game is strange, and it changes so quickly, although they’re working hard. A little luck here and there, that we have had so far this season, however, the performances will need to continue building and I will keep asking for more out of that group”
Player: James Hanson
Grimsby striker James Hanson was named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for August.
Strikers only need to be adored and at Blundell Park, Hanson was made the focal point of this Grimsby assault – handed the source of crosses where he thrives. Five goals and 2 assists in August contained a towering header at Walsall.
Hanson stated:”When you come to a new club you always try and hit the floor running, and happily I have done that so far. I have managed to have 5 goals and three assists and, even furthermore, the group has begun quite well so I’m happy.
“I am thrilled to get it, and it just shows how well we’re doing as a team also, and the gaffer was at the nominees for its Supervisor of the Month award. So it only shows that we are on the perfect track, and we have started the way we wanted to start.”
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