GI­ANT ADEN CAN HIT THE HEIGHTS – LEE

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Tom Black­ett

BRIS­TOL City’s tow­er­ing de­fender Aden Flint has con­tin­ued his in­cred­i­ble progress by win­ning the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship Player of the Month award – and boss Lee John­son is tip­ping him for the top.

The 26-year-old de­fender has risen from Non-League to the se­cond tier of English foot­ball via Al­fre­ton Town, Swin­don Town and now the Robins.

Flint helped City to three clean sheets and headed home three cor­ners in Fe­bru­ary wins over Ip­swich Town and Not­ting­ham For­est that helped to get new man­ager John­son’s reign off to a storm­ing start.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed work­ing with Aden since I ar­rived at the club and I’m de­lighted he’s won this award, it’s fully de­served,” said John­son. “Aden has the po­ten­tial to play as high as he wants.”

The 6ft 5ins for­mer Eng­land C in­ter­na­tional is de­lighted to have cap­tured the cov­eted prize.

“It’s been a great month for the team and I’m sure the goals I man­aged to score will have played a part in the award,” he said.

“Thanks to the staff and the rest of the lads for play­ing their part. We’re now look­ing for­ward to se­cur­ing enough points to main- tain our Cham­pi­onship sta­tus.”

Burn­ley man­ager Sean Dy­che has claimed the man­ager prize af­ter guid­ing the Clarets to the top of the ta­ble.

While their ri­vals stut­tered, he guided his team through six un­beaten games – in­clud­ing a 1-0 win over then-lead­ers Hull – to the sum­mit.

Promis­ing Mill­wall goal­keeper Jor­dan Archer, 22, has scooped the League One player ac­co­lade.

The re­li­able last line in a Mill­wall de­fence which con­ceded just three goals in five games, Archer even had the pres­ence of mind to spec­tac­u­larly head over a Mark Beev­ers back­pass against Peter­bor­ough.

Wi­gan man­ager Gary Cald­well has won the man­ager prize. Fe­bru­ary saw the Lat­ics break into the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places with ten points from 12, scor­ing seven and con­ced­ing one.

In League Two,York City striker Bradley Few­ster, 20, took the hon­ours. The Mid­dles­brough loa­nee net­ted five goals in as many games.

Northamp­ton Town man­ager Chris Wilder made it suc­ces­sive awards in Fe­bru­ary.The ta­ble-top­ping Cob­blers took 16 points from a pos­si­ble 18.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

WIN­NER: Aden Flint in ac­tion for Bris­tol City and, in­set, with his prize

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