Awards for Pressley & Bamford

Coventry City's Steven Pressley has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for October, with Milton Keynes Dons striker Patrick Bamford landing the player award.

Last Updated: 09/11/13 at 11:51 Post Comment

Steven Pressley: Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for October

Steven Pressley: Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for October

Pressley guided his team through another stellar month, collecting 13 points from a possible 15.

Former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel and said: "Coventry City's fine form under Steven Pressley continues.

"Their unbeaten month included Pressley's men inflicting a first defeat on leaders Leyton Orient, and a draw against Wolves.

"Despite the points deduction they are now pushing hard for a play-off place."

Sky Sports' Football League pundit Don Goodman said: "Steven's Coventry excelled in October - with four wins and a draw.

"The 3-1 win over Leyton Orient - ending the O's 14-game unbeaten run - marked out his Coventry side's potential."

Online bookmaker Sky Bet make the Sky Blues a 25/1 shot to win all four league matches in November.

Bamford picks up the player award after scoring four goals in the month, including a brace at Gillingham. Another goal at Leyton Orient followed before netting the late winner in a 3-2 win against Rotherham United.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson said: "Patrick Bamford has worked tremendously hard this season, both on and off the pitch, to improve as an all-round player.

"I think we are seeing the fruits of his labour. Patrick is a talented footballer and a joy to work with.

"He is a natural goalscorer who complements the style of football we play.

"Last month Patrick scored some excellent goals, and I think he fully deserves this award."

Goodman said: "Patrick is only 20 and has huge potential as a striker.

"That's why he has become Karl Robinson's first choice centre-forward.

"Four goals in October, capped off by a fantastic winner against Rotherham, made him the standout candidate for the Sky Bet Player of the Month award."

The League sponsors are offering 4/1 for Bamford to net 20 league goals this season.

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