League leaders Blackpool got the reward that their great start to the season deserved today as Ian Holloway and Thomas Ince picked up the npower Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards for August.

Under Holloway's guidance, The Seasiders bounced back from their Play-Off final disappointment and won their first three npower Championship fixtures, scoring 10 goals in the process. With four goals and four assists in the month, exciting young striker Thomas Ince has clearly played a critical role in their great start and is a deserving winner.

npower Sponsorship Manager Emma Collins said: "We're delighted to present both Ian and Thomas with their awards as recognition for Blackpool's impressive start to the season.

"Their sensational start is all the more impressive given they had the heartbreak of a Play-Off Final defeat in May, so to come back so strongly shows great resolve both as individuals and as a team."

Speaking on Holloway's fine start, panel member Alan Curbishley commented: "It's been a fantastic start to the season for Blackpool following their play-off disappointment in May. Scoring 10 goals in just 3 games whilst recording a 100% record certainly bodes well for Holloway's side for the season ahead."

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