Championship player of the month for October named
Dwight Gayle was up against Ali Al-Habsi, Lewis Dunk and Sone Aluko for the title of official Championship Player of the month for October.
The Newcastle striker had already won the PFA Player of the month award for October, which is voted for by fans.
That PFA award saw Dwight Gayle pick up over 75% of the votes, registering 9,042 compared to second placed Gary Hooper’s 846 votes. The full result being:
9,042 Dwight Gayle (Newcastle) and his nearest challenger 846 Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) then: 751 Sam Baldock (Brighton), 669 Peter Whittingham (Cardiff), 399 Massimo Luongo (QPR), 285 Paul Gallagher (Preston).
The official Championship Player of the month award though, is chosen by a panel.
Friday morning has seen the result revealed and Gayle has lost out this time to Fulham’s Sone Aluko.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:
“I am very happy for Sone getting this award as he has worked hard for the team over the past months, so it is a good reward for him.
We have seen an improvement to our results of late, so it is also a reflection on the whole team, and I want that hard work to continue so that many of my players will be eligible for this award in future months.”
“Personally it’s a great feeling to be recognised with this award. It’s a nice feeling to be publically rewarded for your efforts.
“Ultimately I think it’s a team award. I wouldn’t get this award if the team weren’t winning and it’s a credit to my teammates and all the staff who have provided me with a platform to play well on.
“The results have gone our way recently and because of this I’ve been able to show my best form”
Sky Sports’ pundit Don Goodman:
“It’s great to see Sone doing so well under Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham after he was so unlucky with injuries at Hull.
“He’s clearly a very talented lad and has been a joy to watch in October, taking the game to the opposition, cutting through opposing defences, laying on chance after chance for teammates and scoring goals to boot!”
In happier news, Friday morning brought confirmation that Rafa Benitez had predictably won the Manager’s award for October, with five wins out of five.
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