Port Vale boss shortlisted but faces tough competition for League Two award


Port Vale’s John Askey has been shortlisted for the League Two manager of the month award.

Askey is nominated after the Vale remained unbeaten throughout February.

Vale earned three wins and three draws to move into contention for the play-off places and earn Askey a place on the four-man list. Also in the reckoning is Cambridge’s Mark Bonner, whose side won four, drew one and lost one, Cheltenham’s Michael Duff, whose side won six and lost one, and Swindon’s Richie Wellens, whose team won three and drew one.

In announcing the Sky Bet League Two shortlist, the EFL say

John Askey (Port Vale)

Slow and steady has been Vale’s progress under Askey’s astute management this season. Their consistency in February – three wins, three draws and 12 goals from six games – finally lifted his side into the play-off positions.

Mark Bonner (Cambridge United)

Bonner took over a side that had lost its previous two home games 4-0 and promptly instilled such discipline and determination that they won his first four games in temporary charge, part of a 13-point haul from six matches.

Michael Duff (Cheltenham Town)

Six wins from seven games propelled Duff’s side into the automatic promotion picture. As vital as conceding no more than a single goal in any game was their ability to score crucial late winners against Leyton Orient and Northampton.

Cheltenham boss Michael Duff (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Richie Wellens (Swindon Town)

With two games postponed, Swindon played three February games less than some of their rivals, yet such is the form that Wellens has inspired that they held onto the leadership of League Two with 10 points from four unbeaten games.

The winner will be announced on Friday.

The Vale return to action on Saturday when they are at home to Crawley. Vale are just one point and one place outside the play-off spots and on an eight-game unbeaten run.

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