Saints Players Up For Awards

Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana head the nominations for the npower Championship Player of the Year award.

Striker Lambert, who has 20 goals this season, and midfielder Lallana have been influential in Saints' charge up the Championship table following promotion from League One last term.

Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham completes the three-man shortlist after his 10 goals this campaign have helped lift the Bluebirds into a play-off position and guided them to the Carling Cup final.

Johnnie Jackson, Ched Evans and Jordan Rhodes are up for the League One Player of the Year.

Charlton skipper Jackson has led from the front, netting 12 goals, as the Addicks sit seven points clear at the top of the table.

Sheffield United have been reliant on Evans as they look to win promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt, the Welsh striker finding the net 21 times for the Blades, who sit in second place.

Huddersfield have bounced back from last season's play-off final defeat to Peterborough by maintaining their promotion push this term, mainly thanks to 29 goals from highly-regarded striker Rhodes, who netted five in the Terriers' 6-0 rout of Wycombe in January.

Marlon Pack, Matt Ritchie and Tyrone Barnett make up the shortlist for the League Two Player of the Year.

Midfielder Pack has been influential in Cheltenham's quest for automatic promotion, with the Robins sitting in second place in the table, one point behind Ritchie's Swindon.

Paolo Di Canio has inspired his side to the summit of League Two, with former Portsmouth winger Ritchie weighing in with 10 goals.

Barnett and Matt Tubbs, now at Bournemouth, formed a formidable partnership as Crawley hunt successive promotions, the former hitting the net 15 times before sealing a loan move to Peterborough yesterday with a view to a permanent deal.

Matt Phillips' impressive form for Blackpool has seen him listed in the Young Player of the Year category alongside Brighton's Lewis Dunk and in-demand Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Brighton's Gus Poyet, Dougie Freedman of Crystal Palace and former Huddersfield boss Lee Clark are in the running for the Outstanding Managerial Achievement award.

Clark guided Town to a new Football League record of 43 games unbeaten earlier this season, but was surprisingly shown the door at the Galpharm Stadium last week.

The winners will be announced at the Football League awards gala dinner in London on Sunday, March 11.

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