Southampton duo win monthly awards

Koeman picks up top award

Ronald Koeman and Graziano Pelle have won the Barclays Manager and Player of the Month Rewards, respectively.

Manager Koeman was the unanimous winner amongst the Barclays panel having achieved a 100% win record in September. Results included narrow wins over QPR and Swansea, as well a 4-0 drubbing of a struggling Newcastle side and a famous away victory at the Emirates in the Capital One Cup.

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Koeman saw off competition from Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and unbeaten Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to win the award, as voted for by the Barclays panel, consisting of media and administration experts, as well as ex-players.

Meanwhile, Koeman's star striker Graziano Pelle was involved in a much closer vote which saw him beat Leicester's Leonardo Ulloa by a single vote to win the Player of the Month award. Pelle scored three goals and grabbed one assist in his three September games, including an outstanding over head kick to win the game against QPR.

The Saints signed Pelle at the beginning of the season for £8m from Dutch side Feyenoord, and the Italian striker has scored an outstanding 60 goals in his last 74 club appearances, making him one of the most clinical strikers in Europe over the last two years.

The 29-year-old has hit the ground running at Southampton with five goals already this season, and fought off competition from fellow teammate Morgan Schneiderlin, West Ham scoring Machine Diafra Sakho and Man United saviour Angel Di Maria to claim the award.

Diego Costa

Shockingly, August Player of the Month Diego Costa wasn't even nominated for the award, despite having scored four goals in September, and has since taken his tally to nine for the season.

Koeman and Pelle will be pleased with the rewards, but both will be hoping their side can bounce back from a 1-0 defeat last time out against former boss Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side at home to Sunderland this weekend.

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