Port Vale striker Tom Pope has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for October.
Port Vale manager Neil Aspin said: “It is an award that Tom fully deserves. He has been excellent not only in his play but also in his work rate. He shows everything that I want in a player with his desire and commitment.”
Pope added: “It’s always good to win these awards but it’s a team game. Football’s about what you win as a team, you can have as many Player of the Month trophies as you want at home, but never have a promotion so it’s great personally, but I’d swap it for a league winners’ medal.
“I just think the whole team improved and supported me a lot better in October. They got the ball out wide and put plenty of crosses in and that’s what I thrive off. I think the team’s performances over the last month have improved and we’ve been able to get a few more chances for me to put away.”
Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman said: “Pope’s turnaround in form over the last month has been the catalyst for an upsurge in Port Vale’s results, showing how important he is to the team. Pope already has legendary status at the Midlands club, having enjoyed a successful four-year period at the club before a move to Bury and showing this sort of form will only improve his bond with the Valiant faithful.”