Nottingham Forest winger Garath McCleary has been named npower Championship Player of the Month for March.

McCleary scored six goals in seven games, including four in his side's eye-catching 7-3 away win over Leeds United.

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill said: "I'm delighted for Garath. He had a fantastic month and hopefully that will carry on for the remainder of the season.

"He's a fantastic lad and thoroughly deserves the award."

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

He said: "Garath McCleary helped his Forest side put some daylight between themselves and the drop zone.

The lightning quick wideman hit six goals including a four goal haul in an incredible 7-3 away win at Elland Road."

npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins said: "Garath showed some of his best form during March, helping his side pick up vital points to further escape the relegation zone.

"His four goal haul at Elland Road will live long in the memory of Forest fans, particularly given the quality of each of his strikes.

"On behalf of npower, I'd like to congratulate Garath, 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.

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