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Exeter City youngster wins League Two Player of the Month

Exeter City forward Ollie Watkins has won the League Two Player of the Month award for January.

Watkins, aged 21, broke onto the professional scene last season with nine goals in 22 games and has blossomed this term as his club pursue promotion. Watkins has already amassed a huge 32 appearances for Exeter in the 2016/17 campaign and bagged an impressive 11 goals.

Last month, the youngster found the net twice in five appearances as Paul Tisdale’s side took 15 points from 15 in January. The Exeter boss was up for the Manager of the Month award but lost out to Darren Ferguson of Doncaster Rovers.

Watkins was delighted to win the award,

“I haven’t actually got a Sky Bet award. I won a different one last year (The Football League Young Player of the Month award), so this is another one ticked off the list and I hope I can get many more.”

The forward was humble in victory and felt teammate David Wheeler was a more deserved winner,

“I am happy to pick up the award, but I think David Wheeler should have won it,” added Ollie. “He has been magnificent for us and I do think he has been a little bit robbed. I think December was my better month when I got the hat-trick at Newport.

“I probably deserved to get it that month, but that is the way it falls and Dave is not a player that it will let effect him and hopefully he is just going to keep going and scoring.”

A fantastic opening month to the year has seen Exeter City rise to fourth in League Two and are now just four points adrift of the automatic spots. The Devon side travel to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, where Watkins will again be hoping to have a major say on proceedings.

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