Port Vale were rewarded for a fine September with the npower League 2 Manager of the Month and Player of the Month awards both heading to Vale Park.

The Valiants still trail league pace-setters Gillingham, but with 13 points from a possible 18 in September, Micky Adams has won the Manager of the Month award for ensuring his side stay within touching distance of the Gills at the top of the division. In doing so, Port Vale scored 18 goals this month, giving a clear indication of the attacking brand of football that Adams has instilled.

September's goal scoring charts shows that no other player has benefited more from this approach than striker Tom Pope. With seven goals, including four against his former club Rotherham United, Pope has proven himself to be a clinical forward and has fired himself to the top of the npower League 2 top scorers table.

npower sponsorship manager Emma Collins said: "Micky and Port Vale have treated their fans to a lot of goals this September and I'm sure they'll be hopeful of more to come.

"Having a striker scoring goals is key to any side and with Tom Pope, Port Vale currently have the most prolific forward in the league. He's had a couple of sensational individual performances, especially when putting four past Rotherham United and is clearly a deserved winner."

Speaking about Micky Adams' win, panel member Alan Curbishley commented: "Micky's side have certainly impressed so far this season and recording 18 goals in just 6 games in September alone, makes this award truly deserving for Port Vale. They still trail Gillingham in the league, but if they can maintain this form, they'll certainly be challenging for the title come the end of the season."

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