The first Skybet League 2 Player of the Month nominations are in. We’re only five matches in but already the League 2 table already has a somewhat regular look about it. Chesterfield, Oxford, Fleetwood and Southend were fancied to do well this season and all four find themselves towards the high reaches.It’s no surprise to see players from those for in this months list. The winner will be announced on Sky Sports News on Friday.
Regarded as a penalty-saving specialist by former manager Paul Sturrock, Southend’s Bentley couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the season. He became the first goalkeeper to begin the campaign with three clean sheets. Although Southend may have lost to pre-season favourites Chesterfield, he made an excellent penalty save as well as producing a number of brilliant stops to deny the Spireites from scoring any more. At just 20 years old, many have tipped Bentley for big things in English football, so watch his space.
POTM chances: 6/10
After rejecting a contract at Notts County last year, Hughes dropped down to League 2 and signed for promotion candidates Fleetwood Town. So far the former Bristol Rovers and Lincoln City man has proved to be one of the FL’s signings of the summer. With 3 goals in 5 games from midfielder and some all-round excellent performances. Having scored 14 league goals from midfield in 2011/12, Hughes was one of the Magpies’ best players, but a more average campaign in 2012/13 left many fans less disappointed than they might have been if he had left a year earlier. Still, he is an excellent acquisition for Fleetwood and County chairman Ray Trew may have wished he’d put more money on table to re-sign Hughes.
POTM chances: 7/10
Having made his name for Havant and Waterlooville in that famous FA Cup run that saw a draw against Liverpool, Alfie Potter has never really looked back. His nomination predominantly comes from one of the FL performances of the season so far at League 2 record breaking Fratton Park on the first day. Potter, who played a part in all four goals, began with a surging run and pull back to set up the first. His second involvement, an excellent first time finish bulged the back of the Pompey home end’s net. Thirdly, a Robben-esque turn and shot in the bottom corner wouldn’t have looked out of place at The Allianz. As if his performance wasn’t complete enough, Potter worked his magic by once again sprinting a long the right and side, finding an excellent pass that set up the fourth. What a day for him.
POTM chances: 5/10
If you didn’t know who Gary Roberts was at the start of the season, you probably do now. Having gone what can only be described as, viral, after pulling down Russell Penn’s shorts during the Cheltenham match, much attention has been on the former Swindon player. But the attention has been largely down to some excellent performances, and rightly so. A wonderful, curling free-kick against Southend was one of the moments of the League 2 season so far whilst he showed his dribbling skills in a weaving run and fine finish against Cheltenham. Roberts, who helped guide Huddersfield to League 1 promotion in 2012, was hailed as a top signing by Paul Cook. He is also a multiple Player of the Season winner with The Terriers.
POTM chances: 9/10