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Friday 02 May 2014

Wickham and Pulis claim Barclays awards for April

Crystal Palace manager and Sunderland striker rewarded for performances last month

Connor Wickham and Tony Pulis are winning the Barclays awards for the first time

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis and Sunderland striker Connor Wickham have won Barclays monthly awards for April, the first time they have claimed the accolades.

Pulis has been named Barclays Manager of the Month for April after leading Crystal Palace to four wins out of five Barclays Premier League matches during the month. Palace beat Cardiff City 3-0, Aston Villa 1-0, Everton 3-2 and West Ham United 1-0 to take 12 points from a possible 15 and climb away from the relegation zone to 11th.

Wickham has picked up the Barclays Player of the Month award for April after scoring five times to lift Sunderland's chances of staying in the Barclays Premier League. Wickham's goals, including doubles in the 4-0 win against Cardiff City and 2-2 draw at Manchester City, helped the Black Cats climb out of the bottom three. The player, who was recalled from a loan at Sheffield Wednesday to help his club, also scored in the 2-1 victory against Chelsea.

As well as it being his first such award, Pulis also becomes the first Crystal Palace manager to win the accolade. Wickham's award is the second for a Sunderland player this season, after Adam Johnson claimed the January prize.

Wickham's goals in April
Matches
Goals
Man City 2-2 Sunderland
2
Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland
1
Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff
2
Total
5

Crystal Palace's April results

5 Apr Cardiff City 0-3 Crystal Palace
12 Apr Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
16 Apr Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace
19 Apr West Ham United 0-1 Crystal Palace
27 Apr Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City

Previous award winners this season

March
Players:
Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez (both Liverpool); Manager: Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool)

February
Player: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool); Manager: Sam Allardyce (West Ham United)

January
Player:
Adam Johnson (Sunderland); Manager: Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)

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

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

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

September
Player:
Aaron Ramsey; Manager: Arsene Wenger (both Arsenal)

August
Player:
Daniel Sturridge; Manager: Brendan Rodgers (both Liverpool)

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