Burnley's Sean Dyche up for Championship manager of the month
Last Updated: 10/03/16 7:20am
Sean Dyche is among the nominations for February’s Championship Manager of the Month award after leading Burnley to the top of the table.
Dyche will go head-to-head with Preston's Simon Grayson, Chris Hughton of Brighton and Lee Johnson, who enjoyed a superb first month as Bristol City manager.
The Clarets surged to the top of the Championship, with Dyche leading his side to six unbeaten games in February, including a 1-0 win over then-leaders Hull at the start of the month.
It was also a great February for Simon Grayson's Preston, who secured their third winning month in a row.
Grayson's side closed the gap on the play-off places after winning four and drawing one of their six games.
Brighton endured a difficult turn of the year, going seven games without a win across December and early January.
But, Chris Hughton has turned things around to remain within touching distance of the top two, as his side took 13 points from six games, scoring 15 goals in the process - seven more than any other Championship team during the period.
Lee Johnson was the League One Manager of the Month in January with Barnsley, and he now finds himself up for the Championship award a month later.
Appointed at Bristol City in the first week of the month, Johnson led the Robins to four wins from five games to steer the club away from the relegation zone.
Bristol City's defence has been key to their turnaround, and centre-back Aden Flint is among the nominations for the Player of the Month award.
He is joined by Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney and Brighton striker Tomer Hemed.
Defender Flint has played a key role as Bristol City enjoyed a successful February.
Flint helped his team secure three clean sheets, also scoring three times at the other end, including a double in a 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Ipswich.
Ipswich goalkeeper Bialkowski may have been beaten twice by Flint, but a produced a number of fantastic saves across the month. He made a series of stops against QPR, following-up with two excellent saves against Bristol City.
He ended the month with an excellent fingertip save onto the bar against Hull, before turning-out a match-winning performance in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield.
Fulham lost just two of their six games in February, as they opened up a gap from the bottom three.
Much of that was down to Tom Cairney, who found the net four times, including excellent volleys against Charlton and Leeds. The midfielder also provided a goal and an assist as Fulham beat London rivals QPR.
The final nominee is Brighton's Tomer Hemed. The Israel international was key as Brighton kept the pressure on the teams in the automatic promotion places.
Hemed scored five goals, assisting another three, as Brighton enjoyed a successful month in front of goal. He took his season tally to 11 goals, the pick of the bunch being a brilliantly-executed header in a 3-0 win over Brentford.