Derek and Sonny Forecast
DEREK Adams and Sonny Bradley have been nominated for EFL awards in recognition of Argyle's very fine September.The onset of autumn did not prevent the top of the Sky Bet League Two tree from staying green, with the Pilgrims picking up four wins and a draw from their five games in the month.
Derek is nominated for Manager of the Month, for steering Argyle to the top of the league - and ending September five points clear. Argyle beat Cabridge and Cheltenham at home, won games at Exeter and Leyton Orient, and drew at home to Hartlepool.
Derek's competition for the management award comes from John Coleman of Accrington, Steve Davis of Crewe, and Paul Hurst of Grimsby. All three teams currently sit just outside the play-off places, having started poorly, but notched double figure points tallies in September.
Sonny began the month by scoring a late winning goal in Argyle's 1-0 Cheltenham, and has performed superbly throughout September - and indeed for the entire season so far. The defence, with Sonny at the heart, conceded just two goals during September, keeping three clean sheets.
One of the players to score against Argyle, former Pilgrim Nathan Thomas, may be Sonny's main rival for the prize. Hartlepool had a mixed month, winning one, losing one, and drawing three, but Thomas scored all five of their goals during September.
The other players on the short-list are Jon Stead of Notts County and Gary Roberts of Portsmouth. Stead scored five times during a month that County finished with three straight wins, while Roberts got three and assisted for two as Pompey pushed in the promotion places.
The judging panel for the awards comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley; Sky Sports’ EFL League expert Don Goodman; EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon; and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery. The winners will be announced on Friday.