Gillingham boss Martin Allen has been named the npower League 2 Manager of the Month for January.

Although losing to fellow title chasers Port Vale may have tarnished January for some Gills fans, it was an otherwise impressive month for Martin Allen's outfit.

Two solid away wins at Bristol Rovers and Southend United, coupled with a draw and a win against York City and Northampton Town, ensured that Gillingham finished January at the summit of npower League 2.

Speaking about Allen's win, panel member Alan Curbishley commented: "Martin Allen has had another fine month consolidating an automatic promotion place for Gillingham.

"His side have shown great consistency to date in npower League 2 and will be hoping it continues right to the end of the season."

Commenting from npower, Partnership and Sponsorship Manager Katy Thomas said: "It was clearly a very happy start to the year for both winners in League 2.

"It's been another fantastic month to be a Gillingham fan as they show no signs of slowing down in the race for promotion, while Tom Parkes' defensive heroics ensured that there is still hope for Bristol Rovers at the other end of the table."

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