Doncaster Rovers: Grant McCann and John Marquis win EFL awards for September

John Marquis with his League One player of the month award
John Marquis with his League One player of the month award

Doncaster Rovers have received a double award for their excellent form during September with boss Grant McCann and striker John Marquis honoured.

McCann has been named League One manager of the month by the EFL with Marquis collecting the player of the month prize.

Grant McCann with his League One manager of the month award

Grant McCann with his League One manager of the month award

Rovers won four and drew one of their five league games in September.

McCann was selected as winner ahead of Charlton Athletic’s Lee Bowyer, John Coleman of Accrington Stanley and Kenny Jackett of Portsmouth.

Judging panel chair George Burley said: “Grant has led Doncaster Rovers to third place in Sky Bet League 1 with a changed system which produced 13 points scoring 12 goals in the process.

“A great run of results in a very productive month whilst playing attractive football.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Grant McCann revealed this week that he tells his players not to ask for the ball from a teammate unless they already know what they’re going to do with it.

“It’s through drumming ideas like this into his players which has allowed them to play with real purpose this season, and as his young squad continue to gain experience with each other, an exciting season is a strong possibility for Donny.’’

Marquis netted six goals in five games during September, with his achievements earning him the nod for the award over Portsmouth’s Jamal Lowe, Barnsley striker Kieffer Moore and Blackpool’s Jay Spearing.

Goodman said: “Marquis’ fantastic month culminated in two goals, his 49th and 50th for Doncaster, scored on his 100th appearance.

“A goals to game ratio of 1:2 for a modern striker, who also contributes so much to build up play, is an exceptional record and Doncaster’s fortunes this season will go hand in hand with Marquis’.”