AL­BION CLEAN UP IN AU­GUST AWARDS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joshua Peck

TOP of the league and un­beaten, it’s no sur­prise that Brighton swept up at the first set of monthly awards.

Man­ager Chris Hughton has been handed the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship man­ager of the month for Au­gust, with in-form for­ward Kazenga LuaLua tak­ing home the player award.

Hughton led the Seag­ulls to four wins from their open­ing five games, lead­ing the Cham­pi­onship by three points. That is partly thanks to LuaLua’s three goals, in­clud­ing vi­tal strikes against Not­ting­ham For­est and Black­burn Rovers.

Hughton said: “It speaks vol­umes for what the play­ers have achieved af­ter a good pre-sea­son and we were for­tu­nate that we didn’t have any in­juries.

“We’ve changed a few things from last year where we’ve looked to play two up front, which gives us more op­por­tu­ni­ties to get the ball in that fi­nal third.

“Kaz thor­oughly de­serves the award, he’s had a won­der­ful start. There were re­ally good signs of it dur­ing pre-sea­son and he came back in good shape.”

Wal­sall were the early pace­set­ters in League One, top­ping the ta­ble af­ter five matches, and boss Dean Smith is re­warded for the Sad­dlers’ un­beaten start.

Coven­try also made an im­pres­sive start, with for­ward Adam Armstrong net­ting five times.

The 18-year-old, on loan from New­cas­tle, has been named as League One’s player of the month, with his strike from 35 yards against Mill­wall sure to live long in the mem­ory.

And while Armstrong has scored five, Ley­ton Ori­ent’s Dean Cox has set up four, while find­ing the net twice as he won Au­gust’s player award in League Two.

It was an O’s dou­ble in fact, as five wins from five saw Ian Hen­don named top boss.

Hen­don said: “We are five games into a 46-game sea­son. It is my job to try and main­tain that good start over the course of the cam­paign.”

TOP BOSS: Chris Hughton

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