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James Tavernier nominated for award

5 February 2014

Rotherham United full-back James Tavernier is nominated for the Player of the Month award...

Versatile full-back James Tavernier has been nominated for the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for January.

The on-loan Newcastle United defender has been in sparkling form for the Millers, playing in all five games during last month.

Adept at playing in either full-back position, Tavernier has also been a major threat going forward scoring in the 3-0 away victory at Shrewsbury Town, whilst also playing a part in the other two goals.

See below for a full list of nominations:

Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) - striker
Five goals in as many January games for the young forward on his return to the club. His sharpness around the box brought him a hat-trick in the 4-3 win over against Notts County which included a superb swerving 25-yarder.

Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient) - central defender 
Commanding in the air and strong in the tackle, the club captain was forced to cover at right-back. He adapted smoothly and proved a threat in the air from set pieces with goals in the wins over Shrewsbury Town and Carlisle United.

James Tavernier (Rotherham United) – full-back
The on-loan defender proved his versatility at both right-back and left-back. Nimble and solid defensively, he breaks forward quickly at every opportunity. He set up two goals in the 3-0 win at Shrewsbury Town, scoring the other himself.

Marcello Trotta (Brentford) - striker
Has shown remarkable character after his final-day penalty miss last season. With three goals (including a penalty) and two assists, he was equally impressive for his all-round contribution as well as closing down from the front.


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 Head of Football Paul Wiggins.

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