Hull's Steve Bruce and Abel Hernandez land January's Sky Bet Championship awards
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 05/02/16 8:52am
Hull manager Steve Bruce and forward Abel Hernandez have landed January's Sky Bet Championship awards.
Bruce has been named Manager of the Month after guiding the Tigers to the top of the Championship standings and Hernandez is Player of the Month, having scored six goals in four games.
Hull won all four of their Championship fixtures in January, to go a point clear of Middlesbrough at the summit.
And, having received his award, Bruce said: "It's a big pat on the back and congratulations to all my staff, who helped me tirelessly.
"Of course it's the manager who gets a nice trophy but it's also for the lads who work behind the scenes, the ones who are ready to take training now.
"I'd rather be picking it up in March or April than February, but there you are.
"A goalscorer is so crucial to any team, but Abel's the first to know that the team behind him have provided the chances.
"His hat-trick in the last home fixture (a 6-0 win over Charlton) was superb and long may that continue."
It was also a clean sweep for Barnsley in League One as manager Lee Johnson and striker Sam Winnall took the honours.
The Tykes are powering up the table under Manager of the Month Johnson and are now in 12th, following a superb month in which they won all five of their matches, with a 13-2 goal differential.
Johnson said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have picked up this award.
"We have picked up some fantastic results against some very good teams both home and away, and credit must go to the staff and players who have really worked hard over the past couple of months, and also to the supporters for sticking by us."
Player of the Month Winnall has led the charge, scoring seven goals, including a perfect hat-trick (right foot, left foot, header) against Rochdale.
Johnson added: "Sam has spearheaded us during our great run throughout January and scored lots of important goals.
"His hard work has really paid off, he can score different types of goals, and the fans really do love him here. Long may it continue."
Like Hull and Barnsley, it was a wonderful start to 2016 for Northampton and they dominated the League Two awards with boss Chris Wilder and winger Ricky Holmes claiming the spoils.
The Cobblers have shrugged aside off-the-pitch concerns this season and have gone two points clear at the top, with two games in hand on second-placed Plymouth, after reeling off four wins from four in January.
Holmes recently returned from injury and has been one of the stars of the show, scoring twice, including a superb winner at Dagenham & Redbridge, and providing a pair of assists.
Wilder said: "Winning the award is nice because it shows we have had a good month, but it is really an award for the whole club.
"It is the players who go out there and perform, and the staff who provide fantastic support to help them.
"It is great to win this award, but we know we still have an awful lot of hard work ahead of us this season to achieve what we want to.
"Ricky missed a large part of the first part of the season through injury but since getting back fit he has been in superb form.
"This is an award that repays the hours of hard work he put in to get himself fit and back playing.
"It has been a huge bonus for us to have Ricky back fit and available for selection."