Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne has been named npower Championship Player of the Month for October.

Clyne made a successful return from injury last month, helping Palace to clean sheets in each of his four league appearances.

Palace boss Dougie Freedman said: "I am delighted that Nathaniel has won this award for October.

"He suffered the disappointment of a pre-season injury but typically worked hard to get back to full fitness. He came back into the side at Watford and has been part of some excellent defensive displays in the league."

Sky Sports' Football League expert Peter Beagrie sits on the npower Player of the Month judging panel.

He said: "Another product of Crystal Palace's prolific academy, Clyne was a pivotal part of his side's miserly defence during October.

"Four clean sheets in the league helped the Eagles soar into the Championship Play-Off spots."

npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins said: "Crystal Palace had a superb record during October and Nathaniel played a big part in their success.

"His energy and desire to get forward also made him a real attacking threat as Palace strengthened their grip on a Play-Off spot.

"I'd like to congratulate Nathaniel on behalf of npower, and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season."

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports Football League expert Peter Beagrie, Football League Head of Communications John Nagle, BBC Sport's Mark Clemmit and npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins.