The April nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are:
Lee Bowyer (Birmingham City)
Has skilfully given Birmingham an attacking threat while not sacrificing their defensive solidity. Playing to the strengths of his players made the difference as they amassed 14 points from six unbeaten games, conceding just two goals.
Xisco Munoz (Watford)
While their automatic promotion rivals slipped up, Munoz and Watford held their collective nerve with three 1-0 wins, including one at leaders Norwich, in a haul of 13 points from six games to seal an instant Premier League return.
Mark Robins (Coventry City)
April began with Coventry hovering perilously close to the relegation places. Robins inspired four wins from seven games, including a crucial 1-0 win at rivals Rotherham and assured his club Championship football next season.
Jonathan Woodgate (Bournemouth)
The lessons he learned in a difficult baptism at Middlesbrough have been quickly put into practice in Dorset. Showing swagger and steel, Bournemouth moved into the top six with six wins from seven games and an 18-6 goal differential.
The April nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award are:
Arnaut Danjuma (Bournemouth) – striker
A second straight nomination for the flamboyant forward who either scored or assisted 10 of Bournemouth’s 18 goals in April. The movement, pace, balance, all were on show in his five goals, which included a superb strike at Norwich.
Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) – central defender
The beating heart of a side which went through April unbeaten and moved clear of relegation trouble. Solid in the tackle and robust in the air as just two goals were conceded in seven games, he also headed a late winner at Rotherham.
Darrell Dike (Barnsley) – striker
The young American achieved his aim of firing Barnsley into the play-offs, leading the line with gusto, making runs and displaying an uncanny knack for scoring crucial goals. His four in six games included the winner at Huddersfield.
Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers) – striker
Six goals, including a flying header against Sheff Weds, two assists and delightfully skilful link-up play as Rangers purred going forward throughout April. All of it belied the fact that this Dykes’ first season at Championship level.