Reading striker Adam Le Fondre has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for January.

Two predatory hat-tricks in successive home games underpinned 7-1 and 5-1 wins against Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool respectively.

The victories owed everything to his instinctive positioning and coolness in front of goal.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins said: "He's done really well, scoring two hat-tricks and for me the important thing is the partnership he's got with Pavel Pogrebnyak. They are working so hard for the team.

"We're always talking about Alfie being a goalscorer, but for me he's added the other side to his game in a really positive manner, so well done to him."

Sky Sports' Football League pundit Don Goodman said: "Back-to-back hat-tricks at home against Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool capped off a brilliant month for Reading's predatory striker.

"The Royals will need to keep Le Fondre firing on all cylinders to maintain their push for a Play-Off spot."

Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins said: "Le Fondre has been putting teams to the sword at the Madejski Stadium this month.

"With 13 goals so far this season he will be looking to break the magical 20-goal barrier and fire his side into the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs."

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