Reading striker Lucas Joao has been named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for February.
Injured for five months then slowly regaining form and fitness, Joao exploded into life in February, kicking off Reading’s season with five goals and one assist, which included a fine solo run and a vital win at Preston.
Reading manager Paul Ince said: “Lucas is a goalscorer. In any team, if you want to be successful you need a goalscorer.
“Unfortunately he’s scoring his goals for a team on the wrong side of the table at the moment, but he’s an integral part of what we do here.
“He’s a very laid-back guy, but I love him. And most importantly, he knows where the net.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “The moment of Lucas Joao’s return from injury has come just in time for Reading and his fans as he underlined his potential to be the one who saves them. of the dreaded fall.
“It wasn’t the easiest period for his club, but Joao scored three crucial goals in the space of three days to help his side pick up six points from Preston and Birmingham City and put the pressure back on the others. bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.”
Huddersfield Town head coach Carlos Corberán has been named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for February.
Four wins, four clean sheets and 14 points from six unbeaten matches kept Huddersfield’s promotion push going, but it was calm assurance that guided them through games, including the 2-1 win over leaders Fulham , which really showed the influence of Corberán.
Corberan said: “As the head coach of Huddersfield Town, I am very proud to receive this award as it means the team showed positive momentum in results and performance in February.
“Sometimes these awards come with the coaches because they are the ones who are the most visible, but for me this award is one for the collective.
“The main players are the players, but there is a great group of staff who work so hard to help the players play as well as they can. I am very happy to work with all of these people and with this group of players.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “I’ve been among many to wait for Huddersfield to start sliding down the table, but after the February results and seeing them first-hand beat at rightly Fulham at Craven Cottage, I wait no more.
“Carlos Corberan has done a magnificent job and, as we sit here today, guided his side to a 16-game unbeaten streak in the Championship…this award is well deserved.”
Sky Bet Ligue 1
Player: Alfie May, Cheltenham
Cheltenham Town striker Alfie May has been named Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for February.
May scored eight goals in six games, added one assist to end an incredible month. His four goals at Wycombe featured a tricky looping finish, a close-range header, impeccable control and an instant lob, and finally a calmly hit equalizer to make it 5-5.
Cheltenham manager Michael Duff said: “He’s had a fantastic month. Everything he hits has been scored. His all-round game, not just his goals, has been a big part of our success over the past few years. and it’s that one of our players gets a bit of individual recognition for a rich vein of form.”
May said: “I’ve had a good month and I think overall the club have results that people would look at and think we wouldn’t pick up. To score eight goals in six games was nice. wanted more but I’m delighted.
“I’m really enjoying this season. The gaffer gives you that confidence and belief. I came back in pre-season and I really wanted to work hard this year. I really started, so hopefully I can score more goals for the rest We know we’re still in a relegation battle and we want to stay in this league, so it’s important that we get there game by game.
“Scoring four goals at Wycombe is up there with some of my best days in football. It was a crazy game to play – I don’t think you’ll play in another game like this. It was butt end and when they’re 5-3 you just think it’s not going to be our day.”
Sky Sports’ EFL specialist Don Goodman said: “League One has always showcased exceptional talent, but few players have ever shone so brightly in a calendar month.
“Quite simply, Alfie May owned the month of February. Not only did he produce a remarkable four-goal display against Wycombe, which included some wonderful finishing, but he also added four more during the month, taking his tally to a phenomenal eight out of six. Games.”
Coach: Paul Warne, Rotherham
Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has been named Sky Bet League One’s Coach of the Month for February.
With a busy schedule to contend with, Warne rotated his side and guided the League One leaders to 19 points from a possible 21, winning lousy in difficult times but still scoring 13 and conceding just one goal in seven. matches.
Warne said: “I’m grateful on behalf of the club to take him on, but I don’t walk on the pitch, keep them fit in the gym and train them as much as Rich does. [Richie Barker] and Hammy [Matt Hamshaw].
“I appreciate that it’s my name above the door but it doesn’t feel like an honor to me, it’s a trophy for everyone at the club and it has to mean we’re doing something right – which is good.
“In the same way when Smudge [Michael Smith] got his player of the month i also wasn’t cartwheeling for him because i think it’s a team game and smudge can only score if the guys give him the ball and we can’t win matches only if the goalkeepers stay clean of the sheets.
“In February, the club received the Coach of the Month award, but my goalkeeper would have been as fitting as me to award it.”
Sky Sports’ EFL specialist Don Goodman said: “After a dominant February, Warne’s side are top of Sky Bet League One with a third League One promotion firmly in their hands. .
“A run of six wins and one draw was made all the more impressive as three of those seven opponents are also in the hunt for promotion to the Championship.”
Sky Bet League Two
Player: Davis Keillor-Dunn, Oldham
Oldham Athletic striker Davis Keillor-Dunn has been named Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for February.
A pivot of Oldham’s recent revival, the 24-year-old was brought forward from midfield and responded by scoring five goals in as many games. He added the close-range poacher’s instincts to his innate ability to time his runs into the box.
Oldham manager John Sheridan said: “Davis has been very good since I arrived and it shows in the goals he scored for us last month. He’s a talented player with a lot to offer. in terms of the future.
“For the players, it’s always a boost to get such appreciation, but with the type of person he is on and off the pitch, I know he’ll want the focus to be on the game. team and making sure we do the job that we’ve all worked hard to accomplish which is to keep this team in the division.”
Keillor-Dunn said: “These awards are always nice to win, especially when chosen by a jury.
“I’ve been very lucky to win a few different individual games over the past two seasons at Oldham, but this one matters the most because the team had a really good month of February and I’m just happy to have been able to play my part over this period.
“We need to make sure we have a good end to the season now to help the club get back up the table and repay the fans who have been brilliant since the gaffer’s return, so it just gives me the motivation to keep giving it my all. that I have from now until the end of the season.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “The hardest thing in football is widely recognized as getting the ball in the back of the net and it certainly helps to have someone in your starting XI. starting who can do it consistently!Step forward Davis Keillor-Dunn of Oldham.
“Although more accustomed to playing deeper, he has shown a real sense of goal recently and especially in the month of February, when he scored five goals in as many games.”
Coach: Matt Taylor, Exeter
Exeter City manager Matt Taylor has been named Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for February.
Exeter’s drive and determination under Taylor saw them beat both Swindon and Harrogate despite falling behind in the final 10 minutes. They also scored a stoppage-time winner against Orient. It all added up to 13 points in five games without a loss.
Taylor said: “I’m proud of the team’s performance in February, our form was solid, unbeaten and winning four in a row, but some games could have gone either way and were often very close, involving late goals. and dramatic scenes for players and fans.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “February started with Exeter accepting they may have to settle for a play-off place but ended with them in upheaval for an automatic promotion berth and a chance to avoid more Wembley heartbreak.
“Four wins and a draw from five games in February will see them attack March with renewed confidence.”