The winners of the Sky Bet Championship Manager and Player of the Month Awards for February are as follows:
Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month: Slaven Bilic (West Bromwich Albion)
West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for February.
February was when Bilic’s side separated themselves from the chasing pack by garnering 16 points from seven games and scoring 13 goals in the process - due reward for the Croat’s patience with his players during two inconsistent months.
Bilic said: “It was very important for us of course. We had a bit of a dip and it was important that we came back to show resilience, passion, physicality and more important than that, our quality.
“Now we want to stay on that wave which is not easy because the hardest thing is consistency, especially when you need consistency not to be average but to be at the top of the table which we need if we want to win the Championship.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “The Baggies’ quest for promotion is at full speed ahead as we approach the business end of the campaign and that is thanks to a fabulous February.
“After a couple of wayward results towards the end of January, Slaven Bilic steadied his ship once more in February, picking up five victories to consolidate West Brom’s position in the all-important automatic promotion spots. A superb run, right when it was needed the most.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Going into the month Slaven Bilic’s West Brom side sat in second place in the table, two points behind Leeds United and a 7/2 shot to win the title.
“After another solid of run of form in February, The Baggies ended the month as league leaders and 15/8 to win the title, and 1/16 to be promoted.”
Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month: Scott Hogan (Birmingham City)
Birmingham City striker Scott Hogan has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for February.
Crossing the second city, even on loan, is never easy, but Hogan won over the Blues faithful in emphatic style. His predatory instincts gave Birmingham a cutting edge in front of goal with six goals and an assist in seven games.
Birmingham head coach Pep Clotet said: “Scott has come in and made a significant impact. We are delighted with what he has contributed to the team.
“From seeing him during his Brentford days, we were always aware of Scott’s qualities and ability to score goals. When he came we spoke about him focusing on his love for the game, enjoying himself and doing what he does best.
“It was all about the present and what Scott could do, not the past.
“Scott has been a complementary partner to Lukas Jutkiewicz and has fitted in very well. He is enjoying himself and this award is very well deserved.”
Hogan said: “It's brilliant to receive this award, I'm very grateful.
"It's been a really good month coming from where I've come from this season and I'm thankful for all the lads and staff here to allow me to play my football again and be happy. Really I'd like to thank them all a lot.
"I have always backed myself to do well and I've done it before at this level.
"It's nice to have it happening again and be able to remind people I am a goalscorer. Hopefully there will be more to come too.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Sometimes, a move is what’s needed to spark a talented player back into life.
“The fact that this was a move to a bitter rival just added an extra bit of spice and pressure!
“Scott Hogan’s Birmingham career began in earnest with a goal on debut, and he hasn’t looked back since. All told, Hogan bagged six during February, picking up some utterly valuable points for his new side.
“It is borderline sacrilege for Birmingham fans to fall in love with a player under contract with Aston Villa, but they may have to make an exception in this case.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “It can never be easy going on loan to your main rivals and doing well but that’s exactly what Scott Hogan has done.
“The on-loan Birmingham striker scored six goals in seven games in a Blues team that has not been firing on all cylinders and have currently not won for five games in the league.
“The aim for Birmingham will be to just stay in the division this season and they’ll need Hogan’s goals from now until the end of the season to be absolutely sure.”