The Sky Bet League Two Manager and Player of the Month winners are as follows:
Manager of the Month: Graham Alexander, Salford City
Salford City manager Graham Alexander has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for October.
The adjustment to life as a Sky Bet EFL club has been gradual for Salford. Through it all, Alexander has maintained a consistency of approach that began to reap proper rewards in October with 10 points gained from five games.
Alexander said: “It’s a great credit to everyone involved at Salford City. The award is off the back of results for the first team, and the players and staff involved in that are the ones that deserve the award. The team have performed excellently well over the last month."
Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “After a historical promotion from the National League, Graham Alexander has really helped Salford adapt to the rigours of a League Two campaign.
“After a little bit of ‘feet finding’ in the early part of the season, 10 points from a possible 15 in October has seen them move into mid table for the first time and within a couple of wins off the Play-Off positions.
“The managerial experience from Graham really has helped Salford settle into the league but it also suggests that he will want to continue the good form and push his troops even harder.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “In their first season in the EFL, Graham Alexander picks up Salford City’s first ever EFL award, thanks to three wins in five games.
“Alexander’s experience at this level and above – he has three previous Manager of the Month trophies from his time at Fleetwood and Scunthorpe United – has been the driving force behind their brilliant start to life in the EFL.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Graham Alexander’s Ammies were the form side in Sky Bet League Two during October, helping them climb from 18th into the top half of the table.
“Salford were one of the favourites for promotion at the start of the season (9/4) and are now only three points off the Play-Off places and six points off the top three.
“They are 5/1 to be promoted this season and 2/1 to make the Play-Offs.”
Player of ther MonthL Eoin Doyle, Swindon Town
Swindon Town striker Eoin Doyle has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for October.
It made no difference to Doyle that he was unable to play against parent club Bradford. The four appearances he did make brought six goals, including a hat-trick at Crawley. The Irishman showcased all his talents - tight control, deft finishes, clever movement and calmness.
Doyle said: “It feels great. It’s been an enjoyable season so far. It feels good to play in a team with a lot of flair, a lot of talent. It’s pretty beneficial to me.
“I don’t think it’s me to be honest with you. None of my goals have been spectacular, I think most of them have been inside the box! It’s just the talent that’s in the team around me. It’s a very good forward, attacking team and great for any striker.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Doyle is enjoying his best goalscoring spell in football for a long time, and has got off to a flyer at Swindon - currently going at a goal a game in Sky Bet League Two, an extraordinary record.
“He last won this award way back in September 2014 while at Chesterfield, and it’s the mark of Doyle’s mentality that despite some lean spells, he’s turned his fortunes around and is producing the goods again over five years later.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Eoin Doyle was once again in outstanding form in October and is way out in front of the top scorer charts with 14 goals, seven clear of Mansfield’s Danny Rose.
“Before the season, Doyle was available at 16/1 to finish as Sky Bet League Two’s top marksman, but after making an excellent start to the season he is now odds on with Sky Bet at 4/5.”