Preston North End manager Alan Irvine has won the Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Month Award for April.

The Scot led his side into the Play-Offs after overseeing wins in the season's final four games.

The Lilywhites squeezed into sixth place ahead Cardiff City on goals scored.

The month started with a draw and a defeat before wins over Doncaster Rovers, Cardiff City, high-flying Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers earned Preston a shot at promotion.

Irvine said: "We started the season strongly and we have ended the season strongly and I am delighted about that.

"As everybody knows we worked really hard during pre-season and that gave us the platform to have a good start.

"It's also given us the foundation to really call upon ourselves when perhaps other teams are getting tired."

Irvine admits it is the ideal time of the season to be collecting a gong.

He said: "It's probably the best time of all to get it because it recognises the fact that we've managed to get ourselves from outside of the Play-Offs positions into them.

"It's always nice to get these kinds of awards because it means the team is doing well. We've been close to getting that award on a handful of occasions."

Although the award is a personal one, Irvine says credit must go to the whole club.

He said: "It's called the Manager of the Month award but really it is down to a lot of hard work from an awful lot of people, there's no way it should be attributed to one person.

"It has been very much a team effort, from the management staff to the players. It is great recognition of what everybody has done."

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