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Lawrence lands manager's gong

Cardiff boss Lennie Lawrence has been named as the Coca-Cola Championship manager of the month for January.

Lawrence earned the accolade after a four-match unbeaten run in the month stretched the Bluebirds' streak to six matches in total, which has lifted them clear of the relegation zone.

The Welsh outfit conceded only one goal in the league in January - in a 1-1 draw with Leeds at Elland Road - and they now sit five points clear of the relegation zone.

Lawrence told Sky Sports News: 'We had a bit of a sticky run before Christmas but we have turned things around. We have got out of bottom three and obviously we are delighted.

'Sam (Hammam, the chairman) has been fantastically supportive. There is always a lot of flak flying around when you are at the bottom of league, but the staff and the players have been magnificent and we have got the rewards.

'We have to keep going now. We have a big game coming up against West Ham on Sunday then we play Brighton.

'If we can get couple of results from those two then we can push on from there.'

Hartlepool boss Neale Cooper has been named the League One Manager of the Month.

Cooper has guided Pools up to fifth in the table on the back of three league wins and a draw in January, and they face a replay with Brentford for a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup and a trip to Premiership Southampton.

'There have been a lot of games but the staff have worked really hard,' Cooper told Sky Sports News.

'The boys have picked up some away points which has obviously helped. We're not a big club but we are competing with the big boys and we've got a fantastic team spirit.'

Oxford boss Ramon Diaz was handed the League Two manager of the month award after a six-match unbeaten run in January.

The former Argentina international, who took over from Graham Rix in December, steered United to four victories and two draws.

The Us are now just three points off the play-off places after three successive victories, which included a 2-1 win against leaders Yeovil.