SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Double award boost for Owls

Sheffield Wednesday defender Miguel Llera
Sheffield Wednesday defender Miguel Llera
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WEDNESDAY’S Dave Jones and Miguel Llera were today named as League One manager and player of the month, writes Paul Thompson.

It follows the Owls’ surge to within one win of promotion after four victories and a draw in April, aided by four goals from centre half Llera.

Jones also won the March award as his team kept up their challenge for second place.

Awards panel chairman Alan Curbishley said; “April proved to be another impressive month for Dave Jones, who has made a real impact since joining Wednesday.

“Last Saturday’s win against Brentford has given them a real chance of securing automatic promotion this weekend.”

Emma Collins, head of sponsorship at npower, said: “Dave continued his unbeaten run with another fine month of results in April.

“On behalf of npower, I’d like to congratulate Dave and the team, and wish them the best of luck for their final game of the season.”

Owls chief Jones said: “Miguel has been outstanding throughout the month.

“He’s played a key role at the back and has scored four valuable goals.”

League panel member Peter Beagrie said: “Llera’s form has pushed Wednesday ahead of Sheffield United and to within three points of automatic promotion. A colossus at the back, Llera has also got himself forward to provide vital assists and goals during April.”

Emma Collins said: “Miguel ‘s goals against Huddersfield Town and Brentford could prove pivotal at the end of the season.

In the npower Championship, West Ham and former Barnsley striker Ricardo Vaz Te picked up the Player of the Month award.

The League Two winner is Southend midfielder Bilel Mohsni.

Millwall ‘s Kenny Jackett is the Championship’s Manager of the Month, and Shrewsbury’s Graham Turner has won the League Two award.

The judging panel also includes Football League chief operating officer Andy Williamson, BBC Sport’s Mark Clemmit and League Managers Association deputy chief executive Olaf Dixon.

Read tomorrow’s Star for more details on Wednesday’s judgement day.