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Alfie Bags Award

7 February 2014

Le Fondre Player of the Month

Reading striker Adam Le Fondre has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for January.

Two predatory hat-tricks in successive home games underpinned 7-1 and 5-1 wins against Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool respectively. 

The victories owed everything to his instinctive positioning, sharpness and coolness in front of goal.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins said: "He's done really well, scoring two hat-tricks and for me the important thing is the partnership he's got with Pavel Pogrebnyak. They are working so hard for the team. We're always talking about Alfie being a goalscorer, but for me he's added the other side to his game in a really positive manner, so well done to him.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Back-to-back hat-tricks at home against Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool capped off a brilliant month for Reading’s predatory striker.
“The Royals will need to keep Le Fondre firing on all cylinders to maintain their push for a Play-Off spot.”

Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins said: “Le Fondre has been putting teams to the sword at the Madejski Stadium this month. With 13 goals so far this season he will be looking to break the magical 20-goal barrier and fire his side into the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs.”

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.

Sky Bet are Title Sponsor of The Football League. The sponsorship includes a Revenue Share deal with all 72 member clubs. 

The Revenue Share generates money, paid to every club, based on the revenue generated by their fans who sign up and bet with Sky Bet.

Through this ongoing arrangement, Sky Bet are able to add another income stream to every club in The Sky Bet Football League.

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