The winners of the Sky Bet League Two Manager and Player of the Month for December are:
Manager: Matt Taylor (Exeter City)
Exeter City manager Matt Taylor has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for December.
As impressive as the attacking intent of Taylor’s team is their ability to rescue points from unpromising positions.
They did it again in December, recovering from 3-0 down to draw with Walsall and collecting 11 points from five unbeaten games.
Taylor said: “It’s always pleasing to win this award because it’s a sign that the team is doing well, it’s as simple as that.
“All credit must go to that group of players and the staff I’ve got around me, especially over such a period where sacrifices have got to be made.
“Christmas and New Year’s a fantastic time, but if you’re a footballer, it’s all about being professional.
“We picked up a pleasing amount of points from that run and the win on Saturday topped that off.”
Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “A very impressive December helped propel Matt and his team to within touching distance of the top of Sky Bet League Two.
“Exeter are putting the other teams around them under great pressure and keeping their title challenge going with their consistency and results. Matt has really got his lads firing at this important time of the season.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Another successful month for Exeter, as they extended their lengthy unbeaten run despite the Christmas fixture pile-up.
“Matt Taylor’s attacking style has caught the eye all season, but it’s his side’s resilience and commitment to the cause that is giving his team a wonderful platform for automatic promotion.
“From 3-0 down at home to Walsall, City somehow found a way to battle back and earn a point – and it’s that kind of attitude that is making Exeter genuine promotion contenders.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Matt Taylor’s Exeter side carried on their excellent form this season with an unbeaten month boasting a great record in December.
“The Grecians sit second in the table and are 8/15 to be promoted this season having been 15/8 at the start of the month and 9/2 at the start of the season.
“They are currently second favourites at 100/30 for the League Two crown having been as big as 8/1 at the start of the month and 20/1 at the start of the season.”
Player: Eoin Doyle (Swindon Town/Bradford City)
Bradford City striker Eoin Doyle has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for December.
Five goals in as many games means it’s a record three Sky Bet Player of the Month awards in a row for Doyle, as he continues his astonishing season.
Recalled to his parent club Bradford City as the top goalscorer in Europe, Swindon’s promotion hopes will rest firmly on their ability to replace the “Ginger Pele’s” goals in the coming months.
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Superlatives fail to do proper justice to the season Eoin Doyle is having. To win two player of the Month awards in a row was impressive, but three on the bounce is something seriously special.
“Doyle’s unbelievable form continued during December, with five goals in four games before the New Year.
“Perhaps the only surprise came when he didn’t bag during Swindon’s 2-0 defeat to Port Vale, bringing an end to his sublime 11-game scoring run.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “What more can you say about Doyle. His astonishing season continues – this third award in a row is as fully deserved as the previous two.
“Five more goals in as many games helped Swindon back to the top of the table and took his total for the season to 23 goals - 12 clear of his old team-mate and second in the charts Jerry Yates.
“Sky Bet are 1/25 that he finishes the season as top scorer having been a 2/5 shot at the start of the month. You could have had 16/1 when betting first opened in July.”