January Manager & Player of the Month winners

The winners of the Sky Bet EFL Manager and Player of the Month Awards for January are as follows:

MANAGER OF THE MONTH

Sky Bet Championship: Xisco Munoz (Watford)

Watford manager Xisco Munoz has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for March.

March was transferring month for Munoz’s males. They started it embroiled in a three-way struggle for the second computerized promotion spot and ended it in type, six points away from Swansea and Brentford after an ideal 5 wins and a 12-2 goal differential.

Munoz said: “We get pleasure from our work and give our most. That is vital for the group, the players, the workers and the membership. The award is for everybody who helps the team.

“Relationships are so vital on the coaching ground. If we’re collectively we’ve extra energy. It is wonderful if you really feel everybody has the identical goal and identical goal.”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “What a great run of outcomes for Watford in March. 5 straight wins and 12 goals has propelled Xisco Munoz’s team into second place, with a six point cushion from third positioned Swansea within the computerized promotion locations.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “The Hornets will most likely look back at March as a pivotal month as they set themselves other than the chasing pack of their hunt for computerized promotion.

“After they wanted to back up a really respectable February, Munoz guided his males to 5 very good wins on the bounce, placing Watford in prime place for an immediate return to the Premier League on the first time of asking.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “The Hornets are actually 1/10 from 4/5 on the start of the month to gain promotion straight back to the Premier League on the first time of asking.

“Watford have been one of many favourites for promotion earlier than the season began at 2/1 however after an detached start led to managerial change, Munoz was appointed earlier than the turn of the year and has greater than steadied the ship.

“At odds of 1/33, and eight points clear, Norwich look to have the title sewn up, however solely Munoz’s Watford at 14/1 might realistically have any kind of chance of catching them now.”

Sky Bet League One: Steve Evans (Gillingham)

Gillingham manager Steve Evans has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for March.

His high-energy side didn’t give their opponents a moment’s relaxation in March, urgent, harrying and enjoying their approach into the play-off locations. The three-0 win at Lincoln was the spotlight of a haul of 17 points and 16 goals from eight video games.

Evans said: “The award is in recognition of the players really as a result of they’ve delivered the performances, and some fantastic outcomes alongside the way in which.

“It was a interval we knew, if we had any hope of getting across the play-offs, we needed to get some outcomes. We’re a good side now, full of excellent players. March was robust, quite a lot of lengthy journeys and late nights, however well worthwhile.

“The players, and workers, are giving the whole lot to the trigger. The boys have been fantastic.”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “The stress was actually on Steve Evan’s Gillingham when dealing with numerous video games in a March however his males responded brilliantly with 17 points gained from their eight fixtures, an excellent return.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Factors at this stage of the season are price their weight in gold, and Gillingham got here out of March with a really respectable haul because of their frenetic, swash-buckling efforts over the course of the month.

“Steve Evans has his players combating for each ball, and this mentality led to a mightily spectacular 17 points from eight video games.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Throughout a busy month in League One Steve Evans guided Gillingham to 5 wins, two attracts and one defeat as his side rose from fifteenth place as much as sixth throughout March and at odds of 66/1 have an outside chance of being promoted this season.

“League One is so aggressive, however there isn’t a doubting Evans’ managerial skill at this level and he’s beginning to get the best out of his summer season signings like Vadaine Oliver who netted eight goals for him in eight video games this month.

“Evans side recorded credible outcomes that included a win against a extremely rated Lincoln side and additionally they took points off league-leaders Hull. On this type Gills followers may be optimistic of a great end to the season and have greater than seen off any lingering doubts about relegation.”

Sky Bet League Two: Ian Evatt (Bolton Wanderers)

 

Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for March.

Remarkably, his side matched its February file in March – 5 wins, one draw and a 9-3 goal differential from six unbeaten video games. That constant type included crucial wins over promotion rivals Cambridge and Forest Inexperienced.

Evatt said: “I’m lucky sufficient to be the entrance for all of it but it surely’s the hard work from everyone that will get you these awards.

“The players, the remainder of my workers, the administration team and everybody across the membership, that is for us all. However I’m positive we’ll swap the three I’ve received already for the big one on the end of the season – that’s the principle goal!”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Managers are at all times pushing their teams for consistency of their quest for success and Ian Evatt’s Bolton look to have discovered that with one other good month of outcomes.

“Sixteen points from their six video games places them inside touching distance of computerized promotion locations.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Bolton’s latest run of type has been the very mannequin of consistency, so it’s little surprise that Ian Evatt scoops this award for the second month operating.

“His troops prolonged their unbeaten run till the end of the calendar month, and most spectacular of all have been their wins over table-toppers Cambridge and a Forest Inexperienced side proper alongside them in what’s proving  to be an almighty scrap between loads of golf equipment for these top three computerized promotion locations.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Bolton Manager Ian Evatt wins his second award on the bounce and his third total this season after an unbelievable turnaround in type since November that noticed his Bolton side go from nineteenth place to fourth within the table and just outside of the automated promotion locations on goal distinction.

“The Trotters received 5 and drew the opposite as they embarked on one more unbeaten month in March and we noticed their odds to gain promotion tumble once more from 13/8 on the start of the month into as short as 1/16 after they defeated Forest Inexperienced a week in the past.

“Sky Bet have Evatt’s side rated because the best within the division now and totally expect them to go on and obtain promotion back to League One on the first time of asking. They’re into 12/1 for the title from 33/1 on the start of March.”

 

PLAYER OF THE MONTH 

Sky Bet Championship: Alex Mowatt (Barnsley)

Barnsley midfielder Alex Mowatt has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for March. 

The captain’s left foot has been a wand of for Barnsley throughout their very good springtime run. An unstoppable free-kick at QPR was the spotlight, however 5 different goals got here from his deliveries into the field at lifeless balls and in open play.

Barnsley manager Valérien Ismaël said: “A big congratulations to Alex, it’s a great reward for him and additionally for the team.

“Alex is a big persona on the membership and this recognition shows his consistency at this excessive level.

“He brings big performances, it’s the proper selection and he totally deserves to be Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month.”

Mowatt said: “The amount of video games we’ve received March and the truth that I used to be regularly contributing and scoring goals all assist, but it surely’s actually a team award and a reward for our latest efforts.

“To get this award enjoying as a midfielder is respectable, however I wish to kick on and hold scoring and creating possibilities proper up till the end of the season. 

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Barnsley’s run in 2021 has been one of many tales of the season, and key to the Tykes’ success has been their talismanic midfielder.

“Mowatt continues to impress week in week out and is lastly fulfilling the potential that everybody noticed in him in these early days at Leeds Utd.

“It takes braveness to re-build a career if you’ve needed to take a step back and Mowatt has displayed that amongst his many different qualities, the stand out of which is that wand of a left foot.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Barnsley Captain Alex Mowatt was in excellent type as soon as once more throughout March as he impressed his side to 5 wins and a draw to carry the Tykes to fifth within the table and firmly in Play-Off rivalry and as short as 1/5 to finish within the top six.

“This can be a far cry from last season as Barnsley solely just survived relegation by the pores and skin of their tooth and have been anticipated to be combating the drop once more this time round having been a 4/1 shot to go down earlier than a ball was kicked.

“The membership is clearly entering into the proper course although each on and off the pitch now and the South Yorkshire outfit are 9/2 to be promoted this season having been 12/1 on the start of the season.”

 

Sky Bet League One: Vadaine Oliver (Gillingham)

 

Gillingham striker Vadaine Oliver has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for March.

March introduced a breath-taking eight goals in as many video games for a forward who maintained his physicality by way of a frightening schedule. His angled drive against Ipswich, very good anticipation at Swindon and a towering header against Wigan have been the highlights.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans said: “The big man has been glorious all season. There was a interval of 4 or 5 weeks the place he’s a bit bit unplayable. When he’s at his best folks can’t deal with him.

“Vadaine lives and breathes it; I like the big fella, I like what he’s about and if a player deserved recognition in our team for being so skilled, so humble, and so gifted at occasions, then it’s Vadaine Oliver.”

Oliver said: “It’s been a great run for myself and the team. On a private observe I’m buzzing to win the award. 

“My favorite goal needs to be my second against Ipswich, reducing in from the side and making use of the finish. 

“I hadn’t scored for some time and as a striker that will get to you a bit however I sprung on a chance at Portsmouth, and from there I just constructed confidence.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “In actuality, Steve Evans and Gillingham shouldn’t be anyplace close to a Play-Off push given their sources compared to others, however the goals of Vadaine Oliver have gone an extended technique to giving them a chance of a top six finish.

“To common a goal per sport throughout a calendar month is spectacular in itself, however particularly throughout a interval which noticed Gillingham play eight video games in solely 29 days.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Gills striker Vadaine Oliver was in great goal scoring type throughout March because the forward notched eight goals in as many video games to take his tally to 14 for the season and put him in joint seventh place within the scorer charts.

“The Gills haven’t lost any league sport during which Vadaine has scored in thus far this season and with eight league video games left and the Kent-based membership nonetheless chasing a Play-Off spot, Vadaine’s goals will likely be crucial for Steve Evans side to beat odds of 25/1 to do so.”

 

Sky Bet League Two: Matt Jay (Exeter City)

Exeter City midfielder Matt Jay has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for March. 

5 goals and an assist for the central midfielder who has turn out to be the fulcrum of Exeter’s attacking play together with his imaginative and prescient and vitality. He scored an exciting hat-trick breaking forward against Orient and a surprising free-kick at Scunthorpe.

Exeter City manager Matt Taylor said: “I’m delighted for MJ – it’s deserved recognition for the month, however let’s be trustworthy, he wants recognition for your complete season.

“He’s up there in that group of players vying for Player of the Season and rightly so, his goal return has been fantastic – proper place, proper time, all motion in attack, an actual membership man and a great individual to work with on a each day foundation.

“I truly suppose there’s nonetheless extra to come from MJ – he’s nonetheless studying about how he can have an effect on the sport when it’s not at all times a clear sport and there’s no house for him to play in.

“You solely have to have a look at how Tranmere man marked him out of the sport, and you don’t usually see players get man-marked at our level, and that’s a sign of respect in direction of what MJ’s executed this season.”

Jay said: “Yeah, I’m completely delighted. I felt like I had fairly a great month in March and it’s good to be recognised, so I’m very, more than happy.

“It’s been going really well this season, however we’ve solely acquired a couple of video games left so hopefully we are able to push on as a team and myself, however yeah I’ve had a reasonably good season thus far and I’m trying forward to finishing it sturdy.

“The hattrick was most likely one of many best moments of my career, up there with this award, so it might sit properly subsequent to the match ball at home. Everybody deserves the award, however positively makes it sweeter if you’re up against such great competition.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “It wasn’t a great month for Exeter as they lost 3 of their 7 video games in March, nonetheless Matt Jay continued to shine and his 5 goal haul from midfield have been nothing short of excellent.

“Exeter are by no means out of the struggle for promotion and while they’ve Matt Jay on this type, you’d be silly to rule them out.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Matt Jay had solely scored fourteen goals for Exeter previous to this season however has discovered the net eighteen occasions thus far this, together with one other 5 goals throughout March to assist spear-head the Grecians push for promotion.

“Exeter are invariably one of many favourites for promotion and this season was no completely different with the Devon membership chalked up at 11/4 to lastly get out of League Two earlier than a ball was kicked.

“They’re nonetheless that value now after a few bad ends in the last couple of weeks having been as short as 11/10 on the start of the month however Jay has nonetheless been in good scoring and type and with a bit extra luck the Grecians will soon be back within the Play-Off

“Jay is 66/1 to win the top scorer award however Mullin appears to be like to have that sewn up now – the Cambridge striker is ten away from nearest challenger Vaughan and twelve away from Jay in third.”

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