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Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman and MK Dons' Alex Gilbey win EFL montly awards after Gillingham's Steve Evans and Connor Ogilvie are nominated

Gillingham boss Steve Evans and player Connor Ogilvie have missed out on winning the EFL League 1 monthly awards.

Evans shrugged off missing out on the December manager-of-the-month accolade, saying “I hope I am nominated for the next one!”

Gills boss Steve Evans missed out on the award for manger-of-the-month Picture: Ady Kerry
Gills boss Steve Evans missed out on the award for manger-of-the-month Picture: Ady Kerry

The Gills were unbeaten during December, winning three games and drawing two.

Accrington Stanley’s John Coleman did likewise and he received the award, a 4-1 win over Portsmouth helping to tip the balance.

Lincoln manager Michael Appleton and Oxford United’s Karl Robinson were also nominated.

Evans was also full of praise for former Tottenham defender Ogilvie, who has improved considerably at left-back, after returning there from centre-half.

Connor Ogilvie challenges with Rochdale's Kwadwo Baah Picture: Ady Kerry
Connor Ogilvie challenges with Rochdale's Kwadwo Baah Picture: Ady Kerry

Evans said: “The fact that you get nominated tells you that you are winning football matches.

“As a manager, your team has to be winning games to get a nomination, and secondly as a player you normally have to be in a team that has done well and you have been a big part of it and Connor has been.

“His overall performances were fantastic but we live in the world that not many left-backs get player of the month.

“He has played really well. He has improved remarkably and we have given him that confidence to improve. He is a fantastic professional and you can see his Tottenham upbringing coming all the way through.”

League 1 player-of-the-month Alex Gilbey in action against the Gills Picture: Ady Kerry
League 1 player-of-the-month Alex Gilbey in action against the Gills Picture: Ady Kerry

MK Dons’ midfielder Alex Gilbey got the player award after scoring three goals last month, including a 20-yard curler against Doncaster and another fine effort against Portsmouth.

It was his effort against the Gills that caught the eye of judge Sky Sports' EFL pundit Don Goodman, saying: “His goal against Gillingham, flooded with individual brilliance, was worthy of any league in

the world, and there seems to be plenty more to come from the talented midfielder.”

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