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Friday 07 February 2014

Pellegrini and Johnson secure Barclays monthly awards

January gongs go to the Manchester City manager and the Sunderland winger

  • Manuel Pellegrini has claimed successive Barclays monthly awards

  • Adam Johnson has won the Barclays Player of the Month for the first time

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson have been rewarded for impressive performances at the start of the year by winning the Barclays monthly awards for January.

Pellegrini has guided his side to four victories out of four Barclays Premier League matches and he becomes the first person to collect back-to-back Barclays Manager of the Month Awards since Chelsea's Carlo Ancelotti in 2011.

Three of City's matches in January were away from home, against Swansea City, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur while they beat Cardiff City at home. Man City continued their free-scoring form by netting 14 times in the process.

Man City's 12 points enabled them to maintain their title challenge and they ended the month top of the table, one point ahead of Arsenal after 23 matches.

Manchester City's January results

1 Jan Swansea 2-3 Man City
12 Jan Newcastle United 0-2 Man City
18 Jan Man City 4-2 Cardiff City
29 Jan Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Man City

Adam Johnson has won his first Barclays Player of the Month award for his role in helping Sunderland move out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Johnson scored five goals in three matches as the Black Cats, under the guidance of Gus Poyet, picked up seven points to lift them off the bottom of the table.

The 26-year-old winger scored a hat-trick in the victory over Fulham then hit the equaliser against Southampton before hitting the winner as Sunderland beat Stoke City. Johnson's eye-catching form continued into February when he scored the second goal in the derby victory over Newcastle United last Saturday.


Johnson's goals in JANUARY
Match Johnson goals
Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa -
Fulham 1-4 Sunderland 3
Sunderland 2-2 Southampton 1
Sunderland 1-0 Stoke City 1

Previous award winners this season

Luis Suarez (Liverpool); Manager: Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)

Tim Krul; Manager: Alan Pardew (both Newcastle United)

Sergio Aguero (Man City); Manager: Mauricio Pochettino (Southampton)

Aaron Ramsey; Manager: Arsene Wenger (both Arsenal)

Daniel Sturridge; Manager: Brendan Rodgers (both Liverpool)

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Key Points

  • Man City's Manuel Pellegrini and Sunderland's Adam Johnson win Barclays Manager and Player awards for January
  • Johnson scored five goals in three Barclays Premier League matches for the Black Cats
  • Pellegrini claims successive awards as Man City win all of their January matches