Peterborough United have won two of the Sky Bet League One awards for August . . . and could land a third to complete the clean sweep.
Steve Evans was today (September 7) named manager of the month and Jason Cummings was voted player of the month after Posh’s record-breaking start to the season.
Evans guided the team to five wins out of five - the club’s best ever start to a Football League season - while striker Cummings hit six goals and supplied three assists.
And award number three could be heading to the ABAX Stadium as well with Siriki Dembele nominated for goal of the month.
He’s on a shortlist of three with his superb solo strike against Luton Town. The other contenders are Gillingham’s Luke O’Neill with a stunning free-kick against Burton Albion and Barnsley’s Dimitri Cavare with a thunderous drive against Scunthorpe United.
Voting for goal of the month closes on Monday (September 10). Fans can vote by visiting skysports.com
Evans beat off the challenge of Portsmouth’s Kenny Jackett, Sunderland’s Jack Ross and Walsall’s Dean Yeates to win his award while on the player of the month list of nominees with Cummings were Dimitri Cavare (Barnsley), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) and Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).
Evans said: “The boys have worked incredibly hard. It is a new group and they have been terrific. They have gone about their business properly, and they have been backed with some terrific staff, hence that’s why this award is in recognition to the staff and all the players, because they have been nothing short of outstanding.
“What we are trying to do now is just have a consistent approach, a real focus to work hard every day, and being able to get back on the bike when we fall off and we will fall off, but we have to make sure we fall off less than the others.”
Former Ipswich Town manager George Burley chaired the judging panel and said: “Peterborough have had a fantastic month under Steve’s guidance. He has taken the team to the top of League One and they are already looking like the side to beat.”
AFter receiving his award Cummings said: “Any of the boys could have won this, so I will dedicate this to the boys as well. We have been unbelievable so far. It is early doors so we don’t want to get too carried away, but hopefully it will continue. It is the best start I have had so far and I am just enjoying my football at the moment.
“I am playing in my favourite formation, my favourite position, which is two up front and it is just like playing with your best mates. The boys are all down to earth, they are good lads and got good banter. We have just started so well and I hope it continues.
“For a striker I am getting chances every game. Fair play to all the boys who have been different class, I couldn’t have won this without them. They set it up for me, they’ve won me a few penalties, and made my life easy. I just tap it in at the end of the day and get all the headlines!”
Evans added: “When Jason came to us he wasn’t in the best condition but he has worked incredibly hard to get fit. He is a fantastic kid. He brings a real laughter to your dressing room most days. He brings a real unity to your dressing room, and he’s ably assisted by some wonderful players.”