Preston North End striker Neil Mellor has been named npower League 1 Player of the Month for September.

Mellor netted six goals in four games to help North End to 12 points and second place in League 1.

Preston boss Phil Brown said: "It is a fantastic achievement for Neil. In the first month of the season, Neil was getting used to new coaching methods and a different management style from myself and Brian.

"He took that on board fairly positively and now all of a sudden he has responded even better in September by scoring six goals in a very strong winning team.

"The fact that Iain Hume and Jamie Proctor have been playing alongside him have helped Neil get his chances. In terms of finishing, he is one of the best I have ever worked with."

Sky Sports' Football League expert Peter Beagrie sits on the npower Player of the Month judging panel.

He said: "Neil was in top form during September, bagging three braces in a six-goal haul.

"He has completely justified Phil Brown's decision to rebuff any interest in him during the last transfer window."

npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins said: "Preston were in fantastic form last month and Neil's goals were a vital part of that.

"I'd like to congratulate Neil on behalf of npower, and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season."

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports Football League expert Peter Beagrie, Football League Head of Communications John Nagle, BBC Sport's Mark Clemmit and npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins.