The January nominations for the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month Award are:
Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United)
Tall and athletic, the 24-year-old centre-half was outstanding against Blackburn, and his pace and distribution were central to a defence which conceded just two goals in the month.
Tom Eaves (Gillingham)
Strong on the ground, powerful in the air, Eaves employed his physicality to good effect in January, leading the Gillingham line as they won all four games and holding off defenders to finish clinically for his four goals.
Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers)
As Blackburn have surged into form recently, so has Graham with four goals in five games owing much to his poacher’s instinct. Has also impressed in his link-up play with Bradley Dack for whom he set up two goals during January.
John-Joe O’Toole (Northampton Town)
A niggling groin injury caused him to miss 24 games this season. Northampton won two of them. With him, they have won seven of 13. Arriving late in the box, he scored a goal in four successive games, including a lovely glancing header at Blackburn.
The winner will be announced on Friday 9th February.
The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL Trader Mikey Mumford.