BARNSLEY head coach Michael Duff has been named League One Manager of the Month for the second month in a row.
Having claimed the November prize, the Reds boss has been recognised for his side taking ten points from a possible 12 in December.
Duff told the Chronicle: “It was nine or ten weeks we went unbeaten in the league and there were strong performances within that. We probably had a bit of luck along the way but I don’t remember any smash and grabs.
“I think the results were fully justified.
“There is a coupon-buster pretty much every week in this league, it’s not like a Premier League when you can predict the results.
“So to go on a run like that with a young, new team is pleasing.”
Duff was quick to point out that the award is also for his staff and players.
“I am the face that gets put in front of everybody – unfortunately for everybody. But I couldn’t do it on my own, it’s too big an operation.
“Loads of hours go into analysis, I can’t watch every minute of every game.
“We have physios and sports scientists then a support network of the kitmen and chefs.
“It’s for all of them not just me.”
The only game Barnsley did not win in December was a 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley on Boxing Day in which they conceded a controversial penalty.
“It’s just recognition for a good month. We won three out of four and should have won four out of four. We did more than enough at Accrington but the referee’s decisions went against us.”
In January, Barnsley have lost 3-0 both at home to Bolton Wanderers in the league then at Derby County in the FA Cup on Sunday.
“The curse has well and truly struck now with two 3-0s so it feels a bit weird to pick up an award. But it’s recognition for a good December.”
Striker James Norwood has been nominated for the fan-voted PFA Player of the Month award, after netting in the final two games of 2023.