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GreenScene Players of the Month for October

2 November 2010 4,340 views No Comment Written by Ronan

Here at Greenscene.me, we have decided to reward the Irish players that have had a particularly impressive month. The following are the winners for October 2010.

GOALKEEPER


Keiren Westwood – Coventry City – A very successful October for the five time Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper. He had three clean sheets in five games – two of which came away from home in the nPower Championship. His performances between the posts have helped Coventry move up into a playoff position, and they currently sit in fourth place with 24 points from 14 games.

Honourable Mention: David Forde – Millwall. Although they had a mixed month, Forde helped the Lions keep it more respectable with clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Derby.

DEFENDER


Ian Harte – Reading – Has popped up again in the Weekend Review after another fantastic free kick for the nPower Championship side. Has yet to really win over the Reading supporters, but his goals will surely help the team climb the league table. Was an honourable mention last month, and has moved up to take this month’s award with some fine displays on the left of defence for Reading.

Honourable Mention: Richard Keogh – Coventry City. One of the reasons Keiren Westwood is getting so many clean sheets is Keogh’s dependable form at the back for Coventry.

MIDFIELDER


Liam Lawrence – Portsmouth – Sitting at the top of the Trapattoni Index after a wonderful October, Lawrence is looking very much a cut above the nPower Championship. Scored three goals from midfield during the month, and has been the catalyst for Portsmouth’s resurgence. Don’t bet against them making the playoffs come season end after Lawrence completes his move in January.

Honourable Mention: Wes Hoolahan. An inconsistent performer at times, and has led to manager Paul Lambert sometimes leaving him out of the side, but started and ended October wonderfully with a goal against Bristol City and another against Cardiff.

FORWARD


Shane Long – Reading – Outside Scotland, Irish strikers have not been on form in the month of October. However, Shane Long has been putting in some fine displays at Reading, where he can be counted on to give 100% every match. As well as making the scoresheet against Burnley in the league, Long was on hand to score against Russia when he came on as a substitute at the Aviva Stadium. When Kevin Doyle was injured, Long proved a fine replacement against Slovakia and put in an excellent shift in the green jersey. Like Doyle, there’s more to him than scoring goals.

Honourable Mention: Adam Rooney – Inverness. Scored another two goals last month to bring his Scottish Premier League total for 2010-11 up to 5 (with 2 more in the League Cup), and helped his side take a point off leaders Rangers.
LEAGUE ONE PLAYER OF THE MONTH


Darren Potter – Sheffield Wednesday – Started the month with a goal against Notts County, and helped Wednesday to a five game unbeaten streak, which only came to an end thanks to Rob Elliot’s clean sheet on Saturday. Sheffield Wednesday are in contention for a playoff position this season, which would see them return to the Championship following their relegation last season. Potter is still only 25, and will be looking to return to the heights he once was it – playing in the UEFA Cup for Liverpool and lining out for the Ireland senior football team.

Honourable Mention: Joe Gamble – Hartlepool. Ever-present in midfield for Hartlepool this season, Gamble had a wonderful October, scoring a goal against Bristol Rovers. He was taken off with Hartlepool 2 up, and his absence let Rovers back into the game to draw 2-2.

LEAGUE TWO PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Mark Byrne – Barnet – A loanee from Nottingham Forest for the 2010-11 season, Mark Byrne has helped change the team around since their 7-0 away loss to Crewe in the third game of the season. Although Barnet are still in bottom place, their two wins in October is showing that the club is more than capable of staying up. Byrne scored the only goal in the side’s 1-0 victory over Macclesfield, but his goal away to Stockport could not help the club get anything from the match. Byrne is just 21, and this season’s relegation battle will no doubt help him when he returns to Forest next year.

Honourable Mention: James Collins – Burton Albion. Unlucky not to win the nPower League Two Player of the Month award, but only joined Burton from Aston Villa on an emergency loan on the 15th of the month. Has already made a name for himself up front, playing in three games and scoring in two.

Related posts:

  1. Greenscene.me Players of the Month for September
  2. Weekend Review: 23-24 October
  3. Weekend Review: 2nd October
  4. Weekend Review 16th-17th October
  5. Spotlight: Keiren Westwood

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