Bristol City pair Lee Johnson and Aden Flint scoop Sky Bet Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards
Last Updated: 05/10/17 5:48pm
Bristol City have scooped both prizes for the Sky Bet Championship's Manager and Player of the Month awards for September, with Lee Johnson named top boss and the players' prize going to Aden Flint.
Johnson's side took over as leading scorers in the Championship with 13 goals in six unbeaten games, which yielded 14 points. Even more impressive was that their September fixture list included visits to Reading, Wolves, Norwich and Ipswich.
Johnson said: "It was a very difficult September on paper but the boys have worked fantastically well. I accept the award on behalf of everybody, staff and players and, actually, fans as well because they've been part of our good form in September."
Defender Flint scooped the Player prize for September. Transfer bids and speculation delayed his first start of the season, but he made up for lost time at both ends in September. Commanding at the heart of the City defence, his three goals earned points against Reading, Wolves and Bolton.
Flint said: "It's been a good month for me but it's been a great month for the club in general. With everything going on in the summer, 'what's happening?', 'where are you going to go?' 'am I staying?' and not being in the team and such, I just got my head down, worked and tried not to let it bother me."
Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for September, while Portsmouth striker Brett Pitman won Player of the Month.
Only a late Blackburn equaliser denied Hurst's Shrewsbury side a magical seven wins from seven games in the month. His superbly drilled team sit on top of Sky Bet League One.
Hurst said: "It's a proud moment, the first award I've had as a Football League manager, but ultimately it's the players' efforts, in particular, along with the staff in the background that contributes to me as the manager getting this award."
And Notts County manager Kevin Nolan picked up the Sky Bet League Two award, with Barnet's Shaquile Coulthirst picking up the Player gong.
Nolan's side were almost unstoppable in September, winning six successive games to jump to the top of Sky Bet League Two and collecting 18 points from a possible 21.
Nolan said: "This is an extremely proud achievement for me, my staff and my players, who have all made a massive contribution. There's no way I could do this job without Richard Thomas, Mark Crossley and everyone who has supported me behind the scenes. They all thoroughly deserve this recognition."