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Best awarded player of the month

Leon Best holds up his award
Best has already surpassed his goal tally of last season

Coventry City striker Leon Best has been named the Championship player of the month for September.

Best netted five times in as many matches to take his tally for the current campaign to six.

The 23-year-old also featured as a second-half substitute for the Republic of Ireland in their 1-0 victory over South Africa in Limerick.

Last season Best only managed to find the back of the net four times in 35 appearances for the Sky Blues.

He won the award ahead of Leicester's Matty Fryatt, Newcastle's Kevin Nolan and Scunthorpe's Grant McCann.

Brighton striker Nicky Forster took the League One award after scoring five goals in four league games during September - beating off the challenge of Norwich's Grant Holt, Southend's Lee Barnard and Stockport's Carl Baker.

Another winner on the south coast was Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman, who fired his side to the top of League Two with five goals in five league games, and added a sixth in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Pitman was chosen ahead of Notts County's Ben Davies, Rochdale's Chris Dagnall and Rotherham's Adam Le Fondre.

Meanwhile, Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton picked up his second successive manager of the month award in the Championship.

The other contenders were Blackpool's Ian Holloway, Queens Park Rangers' Jim Magilton and West Brom's Roberto Di Matteo.

In League One, Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope was honoured ahead of Colchester's Aidy Boothroyd, Leeds' Simon Grayson and Oldham's Dave Penney.

And in League Two, Rochdale manager Keith Hill took the award ahead of Accrington's John Coleman, Bournemouth's Eddie Howe and Shrewsbury's Paul Simpson.



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