Wednesday 06 February 2013
Reading have completed a clean sweep of the January awards after striker Adam Le Fondre won the Barclays Player of the Month award and Brian McDermott received the manager's accolade.
"I want to keep this scoring run going until the end of the season and hopefully we can stay up"
Adam Le Fondre
Le Fondre was rewarded for boosting his side's Barclays Premier League survival prospects by scoring five goals last month to help his side climb out of the bottom three and he is the first Reading player to win the award.
The Stockport-born striker came off the bench to score his side's 89th-minute equaliser in their 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion on 14 January and the following week scored both goals as a substitute to help the Royals complete another comeback win against Newcastle United at St James' Park.
The 26-year-old, who helped the Berkshire club earn promotion from the Championship last term after signing from Rotherham United in August 2011, rounded off the month by producing another last-gasp brace as Reading salvaged another point in a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on 30 January.
"It's fantastic to win the award," said Le Fondre, who has taken his Barclays Premier League goals tally to 10 for the season. "I'm buzzing for myself and the rest of the team. I want to keep this scoring run going right through until the end of the season and hopefully we can stay up."
McDermott, whose team lay five points from safety and just three above the foot of the division on New Year’s Day following a 3-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, guided his side to seven points from a possible 12 during January as Reading developed a reputation for dramatic fightbacks and late goals. He emulates Steve Coppell, who won the award when in charge at Reading for November 2006.
"It's fantastic to win it, the team and staff at the club have done a fantastic job in the last month," said McDermott. "The bigger picture is that we've got a lot more points on the board now and we've given ourselves a real chance of league survival."
Reading are now two points clear of the relegation zone with 23 points from 25 matches and travel to Stoke City on Saturday.
December (read here)
Manager: Martin O'Neill (Sunderland)
Player: Demba Ba (Newcastle United)
November (read here)
Manager: Steve Clarke (West Bromwich Albion)
Player: Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
October (read here)
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
Player: Juan Mata (Chelsea)
September (read here)
Manager: David Moyes (Everton)
Player: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)