Jason Scotland reckons a diet of Spanish food is the secret behind the recent goal-scoring form which has seen him win the Championship Powerade Player of the Month Award for February.

The Swansea City striker plundered five goals in six games in February as Roberto Martinez's side took Fulham to an FA Cup replay and lost just one league game.

The Trinidad & Tobago international is thriving under the influence of his Spanish manager - both on and off the pitch.

And it seems a regular dose of Spanish cuisine such as paella and tapas is inspiring Scotland to hit the back of the net as Swansea close in on the Play-Offs.

Scotland said: "We have an international squad with a big Spanish and Italian influence.

"The manager insists on players from at least three different nationalities sitting at the same table for meals before and after games.

"It helps with team bonding and spirit. We all speak the same language most of the time and everybody gets on really well.

"Maybe this is why we are being successful on the pitch.

"We've been out for a few Spanish meals together. The food was decent as well. It could be this that is helping me score all the goals!

"I'm delighted to get this award. It's an individual award, which is always nice, but the fact is I wouldn't be getting the goals if it wasn't for the hard shifts being put in by the other lads in the team."

Scotland, who scored his 50th goal for the club in the 1-0 win over Plymouth, believes cutting back on his international duties has also helped him perform to a higher level on the domestic stage.

He added: "Both parties have reached a compromise and this has helped.

It's a sensible solution that means I only travel for the games that I will play in and have more meaning than some others. It suits everyone and appears to be working well."

Chris Kamara, chairman of the Powerade Player of the Month Awards panel, said: "Jason Scotland has enjoyed a wonderful start to 2009, netting 11 goals since the turn of the year.

All those who doubted his ability to find the net regularly in the Championship have certainly been proved wrong."

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