The winners of the final Powerade Player of the Month award of the season have been announced, with a defender, a striker and a midfielder taking the accolades.

In the Coca-Cola Championship the award went to Sheffield United defender Kyle Naughton who was instrumental in Sheffield United's fine form throughout April, helping his side record four wins and two draws from their seven league fixtures.

The wing-back played a major role in a solid Blades defence that conceded just two goals in the last seven games of the season. This fantastic defensive record helped them gain 14 points during the month and secure their place in the Coca-Cola Championship Play-Offs with an excellent third place finish.

Also short-listed for the April award were Clarke Carlisle of Burnley, Ross McCormack of Cardiff City and Doncaster Rovers' James Hayter.

Chris Kamara, chairman of the Powerade Player of the Month Awards panel, said: "Kyle Naughton is a young lad with a massive future. The impact he's had this season has been staggering, and this is shown by him winning the senior and young player of the year awards at the club. He's more than done his bit to help the side to the Play-Offs and I'm sure they'll look to him again in the coming weeks."

In League 1 the award went to Brighton & Hove Albion striker Lloyd Owusu (on loan from Cheltenham Town) who enjoyed a fantastic month for Brighton & Hove Albion, netting six goals in eight league ames.

His impressive run began with a goal in his side's victory at Hereford United and was followed by a four game scoring streak which saw the striker bag five goals in wins against Colchester United, Oldham Athletic, Bristol Rovers and the draw at Huddersfield Town.

Spurred on by Owusu's form, a return of 16 points from the last eight games saw the Seagulls climb six places in the league and secure their place in Coca-Cola League 1 next season.

Also short-listed for the April award were Andy Booth of Huddersfield Town, Robert Snodgrass of Leeds United and Millwall's Gary Alexander.

Chris Kamara said: "Quite simply Lloyd Owusu's goals have kept Brighton in League One. Six goals in eight games saved the Seagulls from relegation and Russell Slade will know he's probably the most important signing he's ever made after his transfer from Yeovil."

The third and final award in League 2 went to Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Sam Saunders who was in terrific form throughout April, scoring five goals in seven league games and helping Dagenham & Redbridge to four victories during the month.

A string of outstanding performances saw the winger net in five consecutive games, a run that culminated in a fantastic 30 yard strike to help secure three points at Notts County. The midfielder's goals helped the Daggers climb four places in April and secure a top ten finish in Coca-Cola League 2.

Also short-listed for the April award were Paul Furlong of Barnet (on loan from Southend United), Billy Clarke of Brentford (on loan form Ipswich Town) and Wycombe Wanderers' John Akinde (on loan from Bristol City).

Chris Kamara said: "Sam Saunders deserves plenty of plaudits for his season's work. It's been a valiant effort and he's scored a lot of goals from midfield. Unfortunately Dagenham & Redbridge got pipped at the post for a Play-Off spot but he can take immense credit for getting them so close."