O'Neill and Ba land awards
Martin O'Neill has been named Premier League Manager of the Month, while Newcastle's Demba Ba has scooped the player gong.
Last Updated: 06/01/12 6:28pm
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has been named Premier League Manager of the Month for December, while Newcastle's Demba Ba has scooped the player gong.
After taking over the Black Cats at the beginning of December, O'Neill led them to two wins and a draw in his first four games.
Sunderland began the month with a last-gasp win over Blackburn at the Stadium of Light, with Sebastian Larsson's 90th-minute free-kick sealing all three points in the Ulsterman's first home match.
A 1-0 loss away to high-flying Tottenham followed, but the Black Cats bounced back with a thrilling 3-2 win away to Premier League new boys Queens Park Rangers, with Wes Brown scoring the late winner.
The Boxing Day fixture at the Stadium of Light saw the points shared as Everton came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw.
It is the eighth time that the tactician has won the award over his career.
Meanwhile, Newcastle striker Ba has been named Player of the Month after scoring five goals in six Premier League games during December.
Ba's first season at Newcastle has already been a huge success, with the Senegalese frontman producing a series of impressive performances.
In early December, despite Newcastle's form dipping for a few matches, he scored doubles in the games against Norwich and West Brom.
Newcastle recorded their first win of December away to Bolton, with Ba scoring the second goal in a 2-0 victory for Alan Pardew's men.
It is Ba's first Barclays Player of the Month Award, and the Senegal international has now scored an impressive 15 goals in just 19 Premier League games for Newcastle since his summer move from West Ham.
Both decisions were made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.