Hartlepool United striker Luke James has been named the Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month for October.

James scored three goals in the month, including a deft lob that thrilled Pools fans in the 3-0 win at Exeter City.

The youngster bagged the winner with the only goal of the game against Plymouth Argyle, and also netted in the 3-1 victory against AFC Wimbledon.

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper said: "I think the award is a great reward for Luke and the hard work he has put in since the start of the season.

"He's been a joy to work with, is always keen to listen and learn, and it was lovely to see him score some important goals and play with a big smile on his face.

"Assistant manager Craig Hignett has to take some credit because he's a put a lot of work in to him.

"But Luke's attitude to his football is fantastic."

Sky Sports' Football League pundit Don Goodman said: "At the tender age of 18, Luke is flying for Hartlepool - providing opportunities for his team-mates as well as scoring goals.

"His three goals in October have helped lift his team from 22nd to 13th in Sky Bet League 2."

Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins said: "A great month for Hartlepool has been driven by the performances of striker Luke James.

"He was in devastating form at Exeter. He also bagged the winner in the narrow victory over Plymouth."

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