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Championship Player Of The Month Award For DJ

13 September 2019

First Team News

Championship Player Of The Month Award For DJ

13 September 2019

Daniel Johnson has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for August.

The North End midfielder impressed throughout the month as he hit the ground running in the opening stages of the season with four goals and three assists from five Championship starts.

Johnson came out on top for the first player of the month award of the campaign, with Charlton Athletic striker Lyle Taylor, Swansea City's Mike van der Hoorn and Brentford forward Ollie Watkins all shortlisted for the accolade.

Speaking after picking up the award, Johnson said:

"On a personal level I am happy to get the award, but without the boys this wouldn’t have been achievable, so credit to them as well.

“I have been really pleased with the start of the season, but there is still a long way to go; hopefully I can keep this form up and continue to help the team. I like to play in that position higher up the pitch, where I can contribute with assists and goals.”

Manager Alex Neil has often praised his midfielder in the media, and was delighted to see Johnson's performances recognised by winning the award.

“The biggest thing DJ has done, is that he has pretty much affected every game we have played in. That is the best trait you can have as a player – score goals, make assists and had massive contributions for us, so it is richly deserved.

“A lot of the time, a lot of the so-called bigger clubs get a lot of praise and a lot of credit and it is really nice that whoever has made the decision has voted our way and voted DJ’s way, because it recognises how well he has started the season.

As well as praise for Johnson, the gaffer felt it was also reflective of his team's start to the campaign.

“DJ will be the first to tell you that his performances and the way he has affected games has been stimulated by his team-mates as well, but equally, if it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have started as well as we have done.

"It all folds into each other; we are a proper team, a proper unit and the lads are delighted for DJ, as am I and it is nice he is getting his recognition.”

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