Barnsley’s Alex Mowatt was named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for March.
The captain’s left foot was a magic wand for Barnsley on their superb spring run. An unstoppable free kick at QPR was the highlight, but five more goals came from his deliveries into dead ball area and open play.
Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael said: “Well done to Alex, it’s a great reward for him and also for the team.
“Alex is a great club personality and this recognition shows his consistency at this high level.
“He’s a great performer, he’s the right choice and he fully deserves to be the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month.”
Mowatt said: “The number of games we won in March and the fact that I regularly contribute and score goals all helps, but it’s definitely a team prize and a reward for our recent efforts.
“Getting this award as a midfielder is decent, but I want to kick in and keep scoring and creating chances until the end of the season.”
Watford manager Xisco Munoz has been named manager of the Sky Bet Championship for March.
March was a moving month for the people of Munoz. They started in a three-way fight for second place in automatic promotion and ended it in style, six points ahead of Swansea and Brentford after five perfect wins, scoring 12 goals and conceding just two.
Munoz said: “We appreciate our work and give our maximum. It is important for the squad, the players, the staff and the club. The prize is for everyone who helps the team.
“Relationships are so important on the training ground. If we’re together we have more power. It’s amazing to feel that everyone has the same purpose and the same goal.”
Sky Sports EFL specialist Don Goodman said: “The Hornets will likely view March as a pivotal month as they step out of the chasing pack in their quest for automatic promotion.
“When they needed to save a very decent February, Munoz guided his men to five superb rebound wins, putting Watford in first place for an instant return to the Premier League on first request.”
Sky Bet League One
Player: Vadaine Oliver, Gillingham
Gillingham forward Vadaine Oliver was named Sky Bet League One Player of the Month in March.
Mars has scored eight breathtaking goals in as many games for a forward who has maintained his physiognomy through an intimidating schedule. His inclined training against Ipswich, superb anticipation at Swindon and an imposing header against Wigan were the highlights.
Gillingham manager Steve Evans said: “The big man has been excellent all season. There’s been a four or five week period where he’s a little unplayable. When he’s at his best, people don’t. can not cope with it.
“Vadaine saw it and breathed it; I love the big guy, I love what he does and if a player deserved to be recognized in our team for being so professional, so humble and so gifted at times, then that is is him. “
Oliver said: “It was a great race for me and for the team. On a personal note, I am looking forward to winning the award.
“My favorite goal has to be my second against Ipswich, cutting to the side and applying the finish.
“I hadn’t scored in a while and as a forward it hits you a bit, but I jumped on an opportunity at Portsmouth, and from there I just gained the confidence.”
Director: Steve Evans, Gillingham
Gillingham manager Steve Evans has been named Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for March.
His energetic side didn’t give his opponents a moment’s rest in March, pressing, harassing and pushing their way into the play-offs. The 3-0 victory at Lincoln was the culmination of a harvest of 17 points and 16 goals in eight games.
Evans said: “The award is recognition from the players really because they have delivered fantastic performance and results along the way.
“It was a time we knew, if we had any hope of getting around the dams we had to get results. We’re a decent team now, full of good players. March was tough, lots of long trips and late. at night, but totally worth it.
“The players and staff are giving their all. The boys have been fantastic.”
Sky Sports EFL expert Don Goodman said: “The points at this point in the season are worth their weight in gold, and Gillingham came out of March with a very decent draw thanks to their frantic efforts and of cyclical looping during the month.
“Steve Evans has his players fighting for every ball, and that mentality has led to an impressive 17 points in eight games.”
Sky Bet League Two
Player: Matt Jay, Exeter
Exeter City midfielder Matt Jay has been named Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for March.
Five goals and an assist for the central midfielder who has become the linchpin of Exeter’s attacking play with his vision and energy. He had an exciting hat-trick against Orient and a superb free kick at Scunthorpe.
Exeter City manager Matt Taylor said: “I’m delighted for MJ – it’s a deserved recognition for the month, but let’s be honest, he needs recognition for the whole season.
“He’s up there in that squad of players vying for player of the season and rightly so, his goal return has been fantastic – in the right place, at the right time, all the action on offense, a real club man and a great person to work with on a daily basis. “
Jay said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. I felt like I had a good month in March and it’s nice to be recognized so I’m very, very happy.”
“It’s been going really well this season, but we only have a few games left so hopefully we can continue as a team and myself, but I’ve had a pretty good season so far and have looking forward to finishing it strongly.
“The hat-trick was probably one of the best moments of my career, up there with that award, so he can sit right next to the match ball at home. Everyone deserves the award, but it does. certainly makes it sweeter when you’re up against so much competition. “
Director: Ian Evatt, Bolton
Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt was named Sky Bet League Two manager of the month in March.
Remarkably, his team tied their February record in March – five wins and one draw in six games. This consistent form included crucial wins over promotion rivals Cambridge and Forest Green.
Evatt said: “I’m lucky to be at the forefront of all of this, but it’s everyone’s hard work that gets you these rewards.
“The players, the rest of my staff, the management team and everyone around the club is for all of us. But I’m sure we’ll trade the three I’ve already won for the big one at the end of the season – that’s the main goal! “
Sky Sports EFL specialist Don Goodman said: “Bolton’s recent form has been the very model of consistency, so it’s no wonder that Ian Evatt wins this award for the second month in a row.
“His troops extended their unbeaten run until the end of the calendar month, and most impressive of all was their victories over Cambridge and a Forest Green team right next to them in what turns out to be an all-out. powerful blow between many clubs for these three main places of automatic promotion. “