The Sky Bet League One Manager and Player of the Month winners for February are as follows:
Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month: Mark Robins (Coventry City)
Coventry City manager Mark Robins has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for February.
Extending an unbeaten streak into a third month is not easy for the manager of any team, but try doing it when you play your homes games in another city. Robins’ players trust him implicitly and collected 16 points from six matches.
Robins said: “We are delighted to accept this award, which is really for all of the players and staff.
“This award is a product of the team performance, and the hard work from everyone
“We are taking each game at a time, concentrating on ourselves and looking forward to an exciting end to the season for everyone involved.”
Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “Mark Robins has really thrown the gauntlet down with some very convincing wins in February, coupled with an unbeaten run stretching back to December.
“It’s given them a five-point cushion from third-place Portsmouth and a great chance of winning the Sky Bet League One title.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Now unbeaten since December, Coventry City are playing like a Championship team-in-waiting, making February’s Manager of the Month something of a no-brainer.
“The Sky Blues have been exceptional in recent times, it’s all the more impressive given he’s lost some of his best players since promotion to this division and in effect, every game is an away game.
“This is truly testament to the job Mark Robins is doing with his players in an otherwise bizarre and difficult situation for the club.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Coventry were in sixth place going into the month and 5/2 for the title but after an excellent run of form, Mark Robins’ side went unbeaten during February as they finished the month five points clear at the top of Sky Bet League One.
“Coventry have had their fair share of troubles in recent times and were largely unfancied before the season started - they were a double figure price to be promoted before a ball was kicked - but Mark Robins has really steadied the ship in his time there and, as the current odds of 1/6 for promotion imply, the Sky Blues should be playing Championship football next season.”
Sky Bet League One Player of the Month: Matty Taylor (Oxford United)
Oxford United striker Matty Taylor has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for February.
Seven goals in as many games, plus an assist for the prolific forward whose positional instincts were on full display as he notched a last-minute equalise at Burton as well as a smartly taken late winner on the swivel against Southend.
Oxford United manager Karl Robinson said: “It’s fully deserved. He has been sharp and positive and when the ball is in the box you know his movement is so good that he creates opportunities for himself.
“February was a good month for all of us and now we have to keep the momentum going through March and right through until the end of the season.”
Taylor said: “It has been an amazing month for us. I managed to score a few goals but really it’s for the team because everyone has played a part.
“Simon Eastwood made some amazing saves, the defence kept clean sheets, the midfield were brilliant and it may have been me sticking the ball away but that’s only possible if everyone around me is playing well.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “All credit to Matty Taylor, ultimately it’s a numbers game and seven goals in seven games is just about as impressive as it gets.
He’s had to put the disappointment of not being part of Bristol City’s plans behind him and drop down a division for regular first-team football.
“However, what a decision that has proved to be and Oxford Utd can consider themselves lucky to have him.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Matty Taylor’s goals have helped to fire Oxford back into automatic promotion contention after recovering from a gruelling run in the FA Cup.
“Sky Bet League One is still really tight but The U’s are 7/4 to be promoted back into the second of tier of English football for the first time in over twenty years.
“Taylor currently has 13 goals in the league, but is a 100/1 shot to finish the season as top scorer, as Peterborough’s Ivan Toney looks to have the top scorer award in the bag with 24 goals.”