Milton Keynes Dons striker Patrick Bamford has been named the Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month for October.
Bamford helped himself to four goals in the month, including a brace at Gillingham. Another goal at Leyton Orient followed before netting the late winner in a 3-2 win against Rotherham United.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson said: “Patrick Bamford has worked tremendously hard this season, both on and off the pitch, to improve as an all-round player. I think we are seeing the fruits of his labour. Patrick is a talented footballer and a joy to work with.
“He is a natural goal scorer who complements the style of football we play. Last month Patrick scored some excellent goals, and I think he fully deserves this award.”
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Patrick is only 20 and has huge potential as a striker. That’s why he has become Karl Robinson’s first choice centre-forward.
“Four goals in October, capped off by a fantastic winner against Rotherham, made him the standout candidate for the Sky Bet Player of the Month award.”
Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins said: “The on-loan Chelsea striker has been in great form this season. His four goals have kept MK Dons in the title hunt. The Dons will rely on his goals while he is around to have any chance of reaching the Championship.”
The Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award went to Burnley striker Danny Ings.In Sky Bet League 2, Hartlepool United striker Luke James was named Sky Bet Player of the Month.
The Player of the Month judging panel comprises Sky Sports Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Head of Communications John Nagle; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins.
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