Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month, whilst AFC Wimbledon striker Joe Pigott has been awarded the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for April.
Manager of the Month
Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for April.
It would have been easy for him to allow his players to free-wheel towards the play-offs, but Bowyer still had eyes on automatic promotion. He drove his team on to win five of their six April games and almost achieve their goal.
George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “Lee Bowyer pulled out all the stops in April to earn as many points as possible in an attempt to secure an automatic promotion place.
“They did all they could, recording five wins out of six while scoring 13 goals and conceding only three in a month which included a fine win against league-leaders Luton Town. This momentum will stand them in good stead in the Play-Offs.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “It’s testament to Lee’s managerial abilities that he’s managed to reach the Play-Offs for a second consecutive season, bringing good times to the Valley in very difficult circumstances when that seemed impossible not that long ago.
“He is the fastest Charlton manager to reach 100 points since the inception of three points for a win in 1981. The shame is that they didn’t start their incredible run just a few games earlier, as they’ve only just missed out on the automatic places. I’m sure Lee will galvanise his troops and hope to improve on last season’s Play-Off efforts.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic won five from six in April and go into the Play-Offs as the form team in the division.
“They have been rated well all season and are currently 4/1 to win the Play-Offs - the same price they were at the start of the season for promotion.”
Player of the Month
AFC Wimbledon striker Joe Pigott has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for April.
Pigott’s immense contribution led to Wimbledon climbing out of the relegation zone for the first time since the autumn.
He led the line with passion and scored five of his side’s six goals in the month.
AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes said: “Joe’s contribution during the past month has been fantastic, he’s led the line superbly well, and the way he has blended with James Hanson has been really pleasing.
“His all-round game is coming on superbly. When you have a hard-working team, it starts from the front. Everybody can see the two forwards and if they are working hard it’s an incentive for everybody else.
“Joe and James have done great for us up front, but Joe has been the one who has got the goals so I can understand why he has got the accolade.”
Pigott said: “It’s an amazing achievement to get this award, but it’s testament to how well that we’ve done as a team recently. I’m just happy to contribute as we try to pull off a Great Escape, but we need to get over the line on Saturday.
“I think the form I’ve shown since January is something I want to produce more of in the future. I’ve always known that I can score goals, but it’s about doing the rest of the bits and pieces that are vital to the team.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “When you’re struggling at the bottom of the league, you’re looking for a hero, someone in the changing room who is going to step up and be counted.
“In April, Joe Pigott answered that call for AFC Wimbledon, winning five points for his team with his goals and putting them in with a fighting chance of survival going into the final weekend. What an incredible effort that would be should they succeed.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Wimbledon looked down and out at the end of March but thanks to an unbeaten run and five goals in six games in April from Joe Pigott, The Dons have climbed out of the relegation places and now remarkably look like staying up.
“They still have a fight on their hands on the final day, but are now the most unlikely team to be relegated at 7/1.
“Amazingly, they were as short as 1/16 a couple of months ago for the drop.”