Matt Oakley has been getting a load of earache this season from his midfield team-mates.

But now the Leicester City skipper can use his League 1 Powerade Player of the Month Award for January to stop the flak from Andy King and Lloyd Dyer!

Oakley was in excellent form last month for Nigel Pearson's promotion chasers, despite King and Dyer ribbing him for only scoring five times this term.

King is already in double figures, while winger Dyer is close to doubling Oakley's tally.

Oakley said: "I'm very pleased with the award because I've been taking a lot of stick off my team-mates Andy King and Lloyd Dyer about my lack of goals - and the fact that they've scored a few.

"I'd just like to say to them both that I'm the first player from the midfield to put an award on the board!

"It will certainly help me in training to deal with all the banter I've been receiving. Andy and Lloyd have both had good seasons. I put this award down to my experience rather than my goals!

"The team has been doing well and I'm enjoying my football. We just appear to be sharing these awards around the dressing room at the moment!"

Oakley's career has been a roller-coaster ride over the last 18 months.

In the 2006/07 season he won promotion to the Premier League with Derby County before he was relegated with Leicester in the following campaign.

But with Pearson's troops building an impressive lead at the top of Coca-Cola League 1, Oakley, 31, is dreaming of adding another promotion to his collection.

He said: "Our standards are high and we expect to win every week - when we draw it feels like a defeat at the moment.

"We're there to be shot at after putting ourselves in a good position.

"But it shows how far we've come from last year when we are disappointed to draw games.

"Hopefully we can keep getting some more awards to get the promotion we want. We can then start building for the Championship next year."

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