Commanding centre-half Krystian Pearce has been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for September.
The former Torquay centre-half has been in outstanding form since signing for us in the summer and is part of a four-man shortlist for the award. The winner will be announced this Friday.
The contenders are (wording from the judging panel):
Matt Crooks (Accrington Stanley) – midfielder
Converted from a forward without a league goal to a deep-lying midfielder and a cult hero who scores, with two stroked long-range efforts against Crawley Town and Yeovil Town. His ability to nick the ball away in a tackle has been equally impressive.
Michael Gash (Barnet) – striker
September was the month in which he rediscovered the goalscoring prowess of his non-league days. Four in five games were the result of good positioning allied to the physical presence he brings as leader of the attacking line.
Michael Harriman (Wycombe Wanderers) – full-back
Began September on the right wing and ended it at right-back. Not that it stopped him driving forward and whipping in dangerous crosses. As well as solid defensive work, his three goals included a 25-yard winner against Cambridge United.
Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) – central defender
Since he was signed from non-league Torquay, the 25-year-old has quickly become the mainstay of a defence which conceded just two goals in five games. Immense against Plymouth Argyle and Stevenage, organising the back line and mopping up superbly.
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.