Michael Doughty has been nominated for the EFL League Two August Player of the Month.
Doughty has restarted life at the County Ground in excellent form scoring five goals in the opening month of the season.
The midfielder signed permanently in the summer and, on his debut, scored a memorable hat-trick winning the game against Macclesfield with two penalties – in the 96th and 98th minute.
Doughty has since put away two spot-kicks against Lincoln City and Forest Green Rovers and provided an assist for Keshi Anderson’s goal against Crawley Town.
The other nominations include Lincoln City defender, Michael Bostwick; Tranmere Rovers’ James Norwood and Ollie Palmer, Crawley Town striker.
Oddly, all three of the nominations for the award have scored against Swindon so far this season. Here’s what the EFL said about the nominations:
Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) – central defender
Rugged in appearance and nature on the pitch, Bostwick typifies Lincoln’s spirit. The converted midfielder’s ability to break up play contributed to his side conceding just four goals in five games, while he also ventured forward to score against Swindon.
Michael Doughty (Swindon Town) – midfielder
The box-to-box midfielder achieved the remarkable feat of scoring four penalties in a month, demonstrating coolness and variety. Two of them came in his hat-trick against Macclesfield on opening day, his other goal being a header.
James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) – striker
After seven seasons in non-league, Norwood’s return to the EFL could not have gone better with five goals in as many games and all but one of Tranmere’s total. Allies a prodigious work-rate and harrying defenders to calmness in front of goal.
Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) – striker
Five goals in five games for Palmer, who looks to have finally found a home that suits him. Dominant in the air as he proved with a header on his debut at Cheltenham. A mazy dribble and finish against Bury demonstrated his other strengths.