Berbatov wins fans award
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov has been named Fans' Player of the Month for March.
Ahead of Spurs Uefa Cup clash with Sevilla striker Dimitar Berbatov has been named Fans' Player of the Month for March by givemefootball.com readers.
The Bulgarian has grown in stature as the season has gone on, and is now a firm favourite with the White Hart Lane faithful.
Berbatov was the two-goal hero of the victory over Braga in the last round, and during the month he was also on target against Chelsea and West Ham. The games continue to come thick and fast, but Berbatov is showing no signs of flagging in his first season in the Premiership.
"It is hard to keep going with games coming so quickly but the team support each other," Berbatov said after Sunday's win over Reading. "We've a good spirit, the gaffer tells us the team is the important thing."
Martin Jol's Spurs moved up to sixth place in the Premiership - and into the frame for qualifying for next season's Uefa Cup, with their win over the Royals.
"With the busy schedule we have it was important to win against Reading," added Berbatov.
"We had many opportunities to score more and in the end were perhaps lucky to get three points. We may have to practice our shooting in training this week."
Berbatov insists it is the team ethic at Spurs that has helped him quickly come to terms with the rigours of the Premiership, while other big-name imports have struggled to instantly adapt.
"The team treats me so well and makes chances to help me relax and do my job," he said.
"My record in the Uefa Cup is good too and hopefully I can continue that because we want to go all the way to the final.
"It will be difficult in Spain on Thursday because Sevilla are a good team and play very good technical football. But if we can take our chances then a goal or two out there will be very good for us. That will be difficult but I am an optimist and hope we can do that.
"We will see what we do on Thursday and then see what Chelsea brings. If we win in Spain then our self-esteem is going to be up but we can't talk about Chelsea until we have played Sevilla."
It's been a big week for Preston striker David Nugent who can add the Fans' Player of the Month award in the Championship to the debut goal he scored for England against Andorra last week.
In so doing, the much sought-after Nugent became the first Preston player - since Sir Tom Finney - to score for England in 49 years.
Finney was delighted for Nugent and said: "It was only a tap in but nevertheless he scored and that was very important on his debut.
"It gives me a bit of a thrill to see a Preston player wearing an England shirt - the club itself will be very proud.
"I think David was well worth his chance. He has done a good job for Preston and been quite a good goalscorer.
"I like his pace and control on the ball. He is very, very quick. I think he went into it in the right frame of mind and was not afraid of the status and expectations - he has done very, very well."
TV pundit Mark Lawrenson, who started his career at Preston, echoed Finney's views and recalled: "Three years ago to the night, Nugent was playing for Bury against Boston, which just shows how far he has come.
"People have said he only got into the side because of injuries to others, but that's football. That's how most people get into a side and the key is to grab the chance when you get it. I was on the same flight back from Barcelona with Preston boss Paul Simpson and the chairman, and they were both delighted."
Finney fears Preston may not be able to hang on to their star striker, and adds: "Let's hope we can get automatic promotion rather than having to go through the play-offs again because we've not got a good record in them.
"I think we can get to the Premiership, although we would have to spend some money if we got there. It might also be difficult to keep hold of Nugent because other clubs are bound to come in with offers."
In League One, Josh Gowling's performance for Bournemouth have boosted the Cherries' hopes of survival, and he is the fan's choice for Player of the Month, as is Stockport's Ashley Williams in League Two.
|March Winners At-A-Glance|
|Premiership||Dimitar Berbatov ||Tottenham |
|League One||Joshua Gowling||Bournemouth|
|League Two||Ashley Williams||Stockport|