Accrington Stanley midfielder Bryan Hughes has been named npower League 2 Player of the Month for December.

Hughes scored twice as Stanley secured 10 points from a possible 12 in December.

Accrington boss John Coleman said: "He's been smashing for us since he came. The lads have responded to him and he's responded to the lads.

"He'd been out of football for a while. But he's worked hard on his fitness and trained with us for a period before he signed.

"As he's got fitter he's got better. He's a top footballer."

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

He said: "Bryan Hughes might be 35 years old but he has played a pivotal part in Accrington's recent resurgence. He uses the ball intelligently and dictates play from the middle of midfield.

"His two goals during December helped Stanley to an unbeaten month, meaning John Coleman's side haven't lost in the eight games Hughes has played in this season."

npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins said: "Bryan has brought both talent and experience to Accrington's midfield this season.

"He contributed to some eye-catching Stanley performances last month, particularly the away win over local rivals Morecambe in which he scored.

"On behalf of npower, I'd like to congratulate Bryan, 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.