City forward amongst the nominees for monthly gongExeter City forward Tom Nichols has been shortlisted for the Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month for November 2014.
The 21-year-old striker netted five goals in the Grecians’ four league fixtures over the course of the month, taking his tally up to seven for the season and already surpassing his total for last year.
Having netted from the bench against Morecambe at the end of October, Tom began November by coolly slotting in an equaliser from the spot against league-leading Luton Town after Christian Ribeiro was chopped down at St James Park.
A fortnight later, Nichols won and scored a penalty away at Newport County AFC, and followed up a week later with two well-taken finishes against Shrewsbury Town as City came from two goals behind to win in stoppage-time. He finished the month by lashing a crucial goal in the Grecians’ 3-2 win at Accrington Stanley.
Tom is one of four players that are in contention for the monthly award. The other three in the running are as follows:
Nathan Doyle (Luton Town)
The deep-lying central midfielder took the pressure off others with a series of authoritative displays. Doyle provided the perfect shield for Luton’s back four with his ability to read play, break up opposing attacks and set team-mates free.
Aaron O’Connor (Newport County AFC)
Free of the injuries which limited him to four games last season, O’Connor produced the individual performance of the month with a stunning hat-trick in the 3-1 win at high-flying Bury. His cool finishing supplemented a high work-rate.
David Worrall (Southend United)
Three goals and two assists from the all-action wide man whose licence to roam and cut in from the right energised his side to a perfect month. The pick of Worrall’s goals was an individual run and low finish for the winner against Hartlepool United.
The winner will be announced on Friday 5th December 2014.
The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman, Football League Head of Communications John Nagle, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.
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