The Manager's of the Month may have already been named but now it's the turn of the players and just as it is every month the panel faced a difficult task of whittling each division's star performers down to just four, before naming the final Powerade Players of the Month.

First up it's the Championship where two midfielders and two strikers go head to head.

Joe Ledley is the first nominee after capping an excellent month with two goals. The Cardiff City midfielder helped his side to wins over Nottingham Forest and Coventry City as well as progressing in the FA Cup. The Welshman scored in the third round win over Reading, to set up a tie with Arsenal, before firing the Bluebirds to within seconds of a win over Birmingham City , only for Lee Bowyer to equalise in injury time.

Jason Scotland is another playing hitting form in Wales, as the Swansea City striker ended January with five goals in five games. He started with both goals in the 2-0 win over Burnley before netting against Reading, Portsmouth and Preston North End and he'll be hoping to make it a double after boss Roberto Martinez took the Managers award.

Brian Stock has been inspirational for Doncaster Rovers, since their promotion to the Championship in May. As well as anchoring the midfield, the Welshman has also chipped in with some vital goals, his two strikes in January taking his tally to six for the season. Rovers are now unbeaten in their last four league games and out of the bottom three.

DJ Campbell is makes up the quartet and he appears to be enjoying his loan spell with Blackpool. The Leicester City striker only signed on midway through the month but made an immediate impact, scoring three goals in his first four games for the club. His first goal came in the2-1 defeat against Coventry and since then he's scored against his former club Birmingham and the only goal in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

In League 1 another two midfielders take on two strikers to take the award.

Matt Oakley's form and experience has been key to Leicester's excellent run, with the midfielder also chipping in with five goals. He scored one of those goals in January, in the 3-0 win over Leyton Orient. He also helped his side to an impressive 16 points last month, which took the Foxes 10 points clear at the top.

Aaron Wilbraham will provide stiff competition, after scoring seven goals during January, including a hat-trick during Milton Keynes Dons' 5-3 win at Cheltenham Town. He also bagged a brace in the 3-2 defeat against Carlisle United as well as the winner at Stockport County and the equaliser against Colchester United.

Scunthorpe United's Gary Hooper scored four goals last month but more importantly helped his side take 15 points from a possible 18 to keep up their promotion push. The striker scored one apiece in the 2-1 win at Yeovil Town, the 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic and both goals in the 2-1 win at Millwall.

Mark Yeates is the final nominee and the Colchester midfielder will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his Manager Paul Lambert who was named Coca-Cola Manager of the Month after the side won three and drew two of their five matches. As well as being instrumental from the middle of the park Yeates also chipped in with two goals against Cheltenham and Northampton Town.

Three strikers are up for the award in League 2 along with Darlington midfielder Rob Purdie, who himself has scored twice, from the penalty spot. He netted a 90th minute winner against Bournemouth as well as the first goal in the 5-1 drubbing of Luton Town, to take his tally to five for the season.

Bury striker Andy Morrell is also nominated after rediscovering his scoring form. After failing to score in 20 games he made it three in three with goals against Aldershot Town, Bradford City and Luton, helping the Shakers to nine points.

Simeon Jackson is another man in a rich vein of form, scoring three goals to help Gillingham to four wins out of five. As well as league goals against Port Vale and Lincoln City, Jackson also gave Aston Villa some nervy moments in the FA Cup, equalising for the League 2 side before James Milner scored the winner.

Lincoln striker Dany N'Guessen is the final contender, scoring four goals in five games for the Imps. He netted against Brentford, Rochdale, Gillingham and Bournemouth, the only disappointment being that Lincoln only won one of the our games, with the other three ending in draws.


Joe Ledley - Midfielder - Cardiff City
Jason Scotland - Striker - Swansea City
Brian Stock - Midfielder - Doncaster Rovers
DJ Campbell - Striker - Blackpool (on loan from Leicester City)

League 1

Matt Oakley - Midfielder - Leicester City
Aaron Wilbraham - Striker - MK Dons
Gary Hooper - Striker - Scunthorpe United
Mark Yeates - Midfielder -Colchester United

League 2

Andy Morrell - Striker -Bury
Simeon Jackson - Striker - Gillingham
Dany N'Guessan - Striker - Lincoln City
Rob Purdie - Midfielder -Darlington

The winners will be announced on Sky Sports Big League Weekend 2, on Monday, from 6pm.