Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for February.The fulcrum of Forest’s stellar February with goals in five successive games - including two free-kicks and a stunning curling effort against Wigan Athletic - allied to defensive diligence, consistency and a new maturity as he assumed the captaincy.
Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman said: “He deserves it. The reason he got this is because he brought into the team philosophy, he got behind the team and made sure he played for the team.
“That’s why I made him the captain and it was an easy decision because he has been leading by example. He’s tactically very aware and he understands the game.”
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Henri Lansbury’s performances have brought a sense of enjoyment back to Forest fans, and he seems to have really taken to playing under Dougie Freedman.
“He added goals to his game in February and he is finally fulfilling the promise that he showed as a youngster at Arsenal.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Lansbury has proved inspirational since Freedman took over at Forest.
“He scored in five consecutive league games and set a real captain’s example as Forest charged up the table.”
The judging panel for the Sky Bet Player of the Month comprises Sky Sports Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Head of Communications John Nagle; League Managers Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.