PFA Fans' Player of the Month Countdown: League One
It has certainly been an interesting end to the month for Preston’s Joe Garner, the two-goal hero of North End’s midweek win at Port Vale.
Garner was involved in an altercation with Vale midfielder Anthony Griffith but escaped any action, with Neil Kilkenny mistakenly sent off instead, and he went on to score two crucial goals, taking his tally to seven in five games.
His current excellent run has helped see North End climb up to third in the table, and manager Simon Grayson says: “He's playing with unbelievable confidence and it's not just his goals, but his all-round game. He is a handful for any defender at this moment in time and he is getting his just rewards."
However, one unwanted ‘reward’ which came Garner’s way was a three-match ban handed out by the Football Association as they overturned Kilkenny’s initial red card.
Another striker in a rich vein of form is Leigh Griffiths whose 12th goal of the campaign helped Wolves to a 2-0 win over Tranmere, elevating the club back to the top of League One.
Despite his consistent form this season, Griffiths was overlooked by Scotland boss Gordon Strachan in his selection for the latest national squad – much to the disappointment of the player who Tweeted accordingly.
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett can understand his man’s frustration and says: “The best thing he can do is go out and get another batch of goals and keep knocking on the door.
“If he does well and we do well and get up to the Championship then I think that will look after any Scotland situation. He is young enough to be able to come through and prove himself again.”
Tranmere’s Ryan Lowe enjoyed a goal-den weekend as his hat-trick inspired a 5-1 win at Coventry’s temporary Sixfields home, prompting manager Ronnie Moore to liken him to goalscoring legend John Aldridge.
"Ryan Lowe has shown what a player he is. The chip for his hat-trick goal was sensational. He’s definitely an Aldridge type. If he gets four chances he will score three and he will hit the target with the other,” said Moore.
Earlier in the month, Coventry were also frustrated by another hat-trick hero in the shape of Bradford’s Nahki Wells who is one of the front runners in the goalscoring stakes in League One.
But whilst it was his three goals which earned a comeback point against the Sky Blues, he refused to take all the credit himself. "I'm not the one who deserves all the plaudits," said the Bermuda international after the game. "Big James Hanson did well, the entire team did well really to get us back in the match.”
Some of the usual suspects – the likes of previous fans’ players of the month David Mooney (Orient) and Callum Wilson (Coventry) – are also in the mix for this month’s PFA award, but the ultimate choice is yours. There are only two days left for you to register your vote.
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