The Sky Bet League One Manager and Player of the Month winners are as follows:
Manager of the Month: Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United
Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for October.
His side continued their free-scoring ways with 13 goals in five games, but it was Ferguson’s ability to marry that with improved defensive solidity that was crucial to remaining unbeaten in the month.
Ferguson said: “We had a really good month, going through it unbeaten and obviously we scored a lot of goals.
“I have read about the Manager of the Month curse and we haven’t started November particularly well, but we know that there is plenty of improvement within the group.
“We are currently third and obviously during the month we went top, but it is a long season. I look at the points total rather than the position at this stage and after the last couple of games we are behind the eight ball when it comes to points per game that we wanted.”
Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “It was a tough call this month, with Gareth Ainsworth, Karl Robinson and Glyn Hodges all posting very good results in October. However, Darren Ferguson at the Posh just had that extra edge, not only by securing 11 points from their five games but also scoring an impressive 13 goals in the process.
“Darren’s attacking style has made Peterborough one of the teams to really respect and they are enjoying the consistency any promotion contender needs to have.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Now in his third spell at the club, and having celebrated his 400th game in charge during October, Ferguson has a fantastic attacking side and I expect they will be challenging for his third promotion at the club this season.
“You can get a good picture of Posh’s season so far by looking at the goals for and goals against column: they’ve scored a league high of 39 goals, but have also conceded more than any side in the top 14, so it’s a definite case of you score three and we’ll score four at the moment!”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough side went unbeaten in October, winning three games and drawing the other two.
“Posh were 8/1 at the start of the month for the title, but coming out of October, Sky Bet had brought them into 9/2 second favourites behind Ipswich.”
Player of the Month: Ian Henderson, Rochdale
Rochdale striker Ian Henderson has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for October.
Having recently scored his 100th EFL goal for Dale, Henderson has made a quick start on his second century. His five in three starts included close-range finishes, a header and an impudent lob for his second goal against Accrington.
Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy said: “The award is testament to Ian that, at the age of 34, he is still improving his game and still fine-tuning his craft.
“One of the major beliefs of this group of players is that the team is much stronger than one individual and Ian has displayed that in its perfect form.
“It’s great to see someone who has put so much into the team getting the chances at the end of that, and, as we know, there is nobody better in the division at finishing those chances.”
Henderson said: “It is an honour and privilege to receive this recognition and award.
“Undoubtedly this has come about from the support, hard work and performances from the team at Rochdale.
"Special thanks have to go to the players, Brian Barry-Murphy, the coaching staff and the fans. It is greatly appreciated.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “One of the best finishers in the entire EFL, Henderson has been Rochdale’s top scorer in every season since 2014 and broken the 10 goal barrier in each of the last six years.
“After a nomadic career, he has found a place he’s truly loved in Rochdale and his five goals in October were a typical mix of clinical goal-getting.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Ian Henderson goals in October helped ease Rochdale away from the relegation places.
“He’s now got eight for the season and is 20/1 to finish the season as League One top scorer.”