Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic has been named player of the month for the Sky Bet championship in October.
With four goals in August, six in September, eight in October, a hat-trick against West Brom, a brace against QPR and Nottingham Forest, Mitrovic is simply forcing the league defenders into submission with his power in the air and strength to Earth.
Mitrovic said: “I have a lot of quality around me in this team, a lot of creative players who give me a lot of chances, so I have to thank them for helping me score as many goals as I did in October.
“Thanks also to the coach for the trust he has given me and to the fans for their support. It is a great prize to win, but the most pleasant thing was that we have also won many games.”
Sky Sports EFL expert Don Goodman said, “Can it be stopped? If it can, we have yet to see it happen.
“Mitrovic added eight goals to his already impressive October tally and the Fulham forward shows little sign of slowing down.
“With the league goal record firmly in his sights, don’t be surprised if he claims another Player of the Month award or two before the season ends.”
Bournemouth manager Scott Parker has been named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for October.
Parker has taken his team to 15 perfect points in five games, with 10 goals scored and four goalless goals while dominating the league. The one goal they conceded also resulted in a comeback win over Sheffield United.
Parker said: “I have to give full credit for this award to my staff and players for their efforts throughout October and the season as a whole.
“Securing a 100% winning record in one month and designing just one league goal is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the hard work and mentality of all club members.
“We are also extremely grateful for the support given to us by our supporters, who have followed us in large numbers at home and away this season.”
Don Goodman, Sky Sports EFL expert, said: “Scott Parker is claiming this honor for the second month in a row and the October winner could not have been anyone else.
“Bournemouth have been near perfect over the course of the month, conceding just one goal in a five-game streak that has brought the Cherries to 15 pivotal points as they fight for promotion to the top flight.”
Sky Bet League One
Player: Michael Smith, Rotherham
Rotherham United forward Michael Smith has been named Sky Bet League One player of the month for October.
Enjoying one of his most prolific seasons, Smith has scored five goals and assisted two more in five games, using his physicality in the box to keep defenders at bay. His brash heel goal against Sunderland underlined his current confidence.
Rotherham manager Paul Warne said: “He is fantastic for Smudge. He has scored a lot of goals, but as always, his overall game was crucial to our success.
“It’s weird because I don’t think any player in particular should get personal recognition as it’s a team effort, and that’s really an award for the group as much as it is for Smudge.
“I think he is one of many of our players who are really in great shape at the moment and who can continue for a long time.
“Smudge does a lot of work to keep fit and a lot of behind-the-scenes extras that people don’t see. He’s more than deserving of player of the month, and I think he’s scored every goal he has, maybe pushed him further. the limit for this award.
“In my opinion, he hasn’t played any better this month than the others he has since he signed for us, but it’s nice to see his efforts recognized externally.”
Smith said: “I am obviously happy to receive the award, but I think it is not only recognizing my efforts, but also the team in what has been a great race for us.
Don Goodman, Sky Sports EFL expert, said: “The Rotherhams are having a good run to the top of Sky Bet League One and much of their recent form has been affected by their striker’s performance.
“Michael Smith’s physique is having the season of his life and October was at his best, scoring five goals in as many games for the Millers.”
Coach: Ryan Lowe, Plymouth
Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has been named Sky Bet League One manager of the month for October.
Lowe stressed to his players the importance of turning Devon into a stronghold this season. Three out of three perfect wins at Home Park were part of a 14-point tally from six unbeaten games that took Argyle to the top of League One.
Lowe said: I am delighted to win the award, but it is not only a recognition for me, it also reflects the work done by my staff behind the scenes, the players, our fans and everyone who has been involved in the club during season. .
“Of course, I am always proud to collect any honor, but there is still a lot of season to play and we will continue to work hard and down to earth.”
Don Goodman, Sky Sports EFL expert, said: “Ryan Lowe had a clear vision for Plymouth Argyle and, as the pace picks up, his long-term plan is really starting to materialize at Home Park.
“The rise of the Pilgrims has been remarkable and with a monthly score of 14 points below their belt, the Plymouth fanbase can be excused for their whispers about promoting the championship.”
Sky Bet League Two
Player: Dom Telford, Newport
Newport County forward Dom Telford was named Sky Bet League Two player of the month for October.
It was a transitional month for Newport on the bench, but one to die for on the pitch for Telford. He contributed to the assist and eight goals, including a smart swivel shot and brilliant solo run against Carlisle, as well as a hat-trick against Stevenage.
Newport County Manager James Rowberry said, “I can’t take any credit for myself [the form], this is Wayne’s credit [Hatswell, assistant manager and caretaker after Michael Flynn’s departure] and the guys who were here before me. He has scored a few since taking the field against Bristol Rovers and Stevenage.
“First of all he’s a great, great guy. He’s 24, he comes every day with a smile on his face – I see him and he makes me smile and he makes me laugh! He’s a great guy and the guys love him.
“He works every day, he always wants to improve, he always asks questions, he asks me questions. He is busy and he deserves it. I know that Dom will continue and that journey and will continue to want to improve more and more.”
Sky Sports EFL expert Don Goodman said: “Telford couldn’t stop scoring in October, putting together a superb eight-goal streak in six games, including an irresistible hat-trick at home to Stevenage.
“The strikes contributed to an unbeaten month for Newport, which could prove vital when looking back on the May season.”
Coach: Darrell Clarke, Port Vale
Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke has been named Sky Bet League Two manager of the month for October.
It’s been a stellar month for his swashbuckling team, who have scored at least three goals in five of their six games. This made 17 in total to add to their October 13 points. Clarke’s tactic of trying to overcome the opposition seems to be working.
Clarke said: “I am really pleased to win the award for the second month in a row, once again it is all thanks to a great collective effort from everyone involved in the club, my players and the staff behind the scenes. to the owners and fans “.
Sky Sports EFL expert Don Goodman said, “Port Vale is in full swing at the moment, with Darrell Clarke more than deserved streak as manager of the month.
“Vale’s games are rarely boring due to Clarke’s offensive philosophy and although it involves obvious risks, he is currently paying dividends with 13 points accumulated in October.”