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HUGHTON AND KNOCKAERT WIN SKYBET AWARDS

6 May 2016

Albion had a clean sweep at this month's awards.


Chris Hughton and Anthony Knockaert have won the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month and Player of the Month Awards for April.



Hughton won the managerial award after leading Albion to five wins in six games throughout the month, which leaves the Seagulls only one win away from claiming automatic promotion.
 
Knockaert made it an award double for the club after a string of impressive performances since his arrival from Standard Liege in January. He also found the net in the 5-0 and 4-0 wins over Fulham and Queens Park Rangers respectively.
 
Hughton paid tribute to his players and staff after receiving the award, before praising Knockaert for his impact since joining the club.
 
He said, “I’m picking this up on behalf of a group of lads that have not only excelled over this month, but over the season. It’s an incredibly good group that has contributed and we just hope that we can take that form right the way through to the end of the season.
 
“He’s (Knockaert) made an impact from day one; he has brought experience of playing at the top end of this division, but what you want from a wide player is someone that can contribute goals and assists as well.
 
“It’s also the mark of a good wide player when you can contribute to the work ethic of the team and he’s done that.”

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Knockaert was delighted to pick up the award and says spirits are high ahead of Saturday’s crucial game at Middlesbrough.
 
He added, “I feel very happy and it’s the first one as well for me, so it’s a privilege to win this trophy. It shows how hard I work for the team, but I couldn’t have done this without my team-mates so I have to say thank you to them too because they've helped me so much.
 
“It’s all about the team spirit and I have settled in very quickly here. Life is just incredible for me here and I love playing for Brighton.
 
“We are feeling very confident and calm and we know what we need to do to get promoted. It’s going to be like a final for us and we’re going to give everything we can to try to win this game.”


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