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CRAW­LEY striker Izale McLeod has been named League One Player of the Month, af­ter hit­ting four goals in Fe­bru­ary to aid Craw­ley’s sur­vival bid.

The 30-year-old scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 massacre of Barns­ley on Valen­tine’s Day and held off Jamie Mur­phy (Sh­effield United), Bradley Dack (Gilling­ham) and Aden Flint (Bris­tol City).

And Craw­ley boss Dean Saun­ders said: “He’s a good fin­isher, as his hat-trick against Barns­ley showed, and he is a will­ing fron­trun­ner. This award is re­ward for his hard work.”

Pre­ston boss Simon Grayson was the di­vi­sion’s top manager for lead­ing the Deep­dale out­fit to a max­i­mum 15 points from five games with­out con­ced­ing.

Nor­wich boss Alex Neil took the Cham­pi­onship gong for guiding the Ca­naries back into ti­tle con­tention with a run of five straight wins, in­clud­ing three clean sheets.

Not­ting­ham For­est mid­fielder Henri Lans­bury was top player. The 24-year-old scored in five suc­ces­sive games as For­est’s re­vival un­der new boss Dougie Freed­man gath­ered pace.

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