The Football League have announced the nominees for the Player and Manager of the Month awards for April.
Andy Awford (Portsmouth)
No side picked up more points than relegation-threatened Pompey in April, winning four and drawing once. The former defender at the club has brought miracles to Fratton Park, bringing the club steadily to mid-table from what seemed a hopeless position in the relegation mud, so Awford is maybe the favourite for the award. Only table neighbours Bury scored more goals than Pompey in April and no-one had a better goal-difference.
Phil Brown (Southend United)
Rochdale have booked their tickets to the League One next season, but were hammered 3-0 at home by Phil Brown’s Southend side. The Shrimpers have enjoyed a very decent month, with a W3 D1 L1 record, taking sixth most points in the past month. Only York City and Northampton shipped less goals than United over the past 30 days.
Paul Cook (Chesterfield)
The Spireites enjoyed an unbeaten month whilst securing promotion, and they still are narrow favourites to win the Sky Bet League 2 title as they cruise on the top of the table. Only Portsmouth clinched more points than Chesterfield this month, so Cook is an obvious choice for such a nomination. Notice that the club only scored seven goals in their past five games, so the manager has clearly done some defending work on the training ground.
Chris Wilder (Northampton Town)
Wilder signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Cobblers back in January, and they’ve spent the past month picking up exactly two points a game on average. The former Oxford United manager have instilled confidence and teamwork in the side and the recent points won have made a decent bid for a renewed Sky Bet League 2 contract. Mind Wycombe, with a better goal difference than Northampton, face relegated Torquay in the next and final game, so Town are basically in need of at least a point against Oxford to survive.
Danny Hollands (Portsmouth)
The 28-year-old midfielder has been operating for his side from a holding midfielder role, scoring three goals since his arrival on 27th March. The Charlton loanee has been one of the main reasons for Pompey’s recent success, and the co-operation with manager Awford has been exquisite. Sadly for Portsmouth, none of them have permanent deals at Fratton Park.
Pablo Mills (Bury)
The Shakers pulled eleven points out of their six games in Aprils, and the veteran centre-back has contributed to them not being to shaky at the back. The attackers have struggled to get past the quick and strong defender, and that has earned him a Player of the Month nomination well-deservedly.
Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town)
Morris have delivered tireless displays on the highest level around from his midfield position. Both of his goals this season were scored over the past month, as both Cheltenham and Wycombe came out short when facing the 22-year-old Blackburn loanee. These were his first-ever goals on senior level.
Nick Pope (York City)
Pope has managed thirteen clean sheets in fifteen games for York, so it’s safe to say that he’s a main reason behind the Minstermen’s eleven points in April despite scoring only four goals. The goalkeeper is only 22 years old and Charlton Athletic’s property, so he might be a frequent figure in the transfer rumour headlines when the transfer window opens.
The winners will be announced on Friday 2nd May.