City duo nominated for Premier League awards

Norwich Head Coach Dean Smith gives instructions to Josh Sargent of Norwich during a break in play d

Norwich City head coach Dean Smith issues instructions to Josh Sargent during the recent win over Everton - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Resurgent January form has earned Norwich City two nominations in the Premier League's awards for this month.

City head coach Dean Smith has been nominated for Manager of the Month and forward Josh Sargent has also been nominated for Goal of the Month.

Mike Walker remains the only Norwich boss to win the Premier League's monthly managerial award, all the way back in October 1993.

Lage would appear to be the favourite with Wolves winning all three of their games, 1-0 at Manchester United, 2-1 at Brentford and 3-1 at home to Southampton to move up to eighth.

Title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool both won two and drew one of their matches and the Canaries followed up a 2-0 loss at West Ham with back-to-back wins over Everton and Watford to move out of the relegation zone.

However, with those victories coming after a difficult run of six successive defeats without a goal during struggles with injury and illness, Smith has earned his nomination.

Smith won the division's monthly award for the first time last season after an unbeaten December 2020 had lifted Aston Villa to fifth in the Premier League table.

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Conceding only once in five games, Villa beat Wolves, West Brom and Crystal Palace and drew 1-1 with Chelsea and 0-0 with Burnley - eventually finishing 11th in their second top-flight season after play-off promotion under Smith.

- Click here to vote for the managerial award

Sargent's nomination for Goal of the Month comes from his acrobatic flick during last Friday's 3-0 win at Watford, opening his Premier League account in style.

The USA international is competing with Chelsea stars Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic for the award, as well as Everton and Brazil forward Richarlison for his over-head kick during the Toffees' loss at Carrow Road.

Southampton duo James Ward-Prowse and Kyle Walker-Peters, West Ham forward Manuel Lanzini and Brighton ace Alexis Mac Allister are also in the running.

Voting for both awards is open until midday on Monday, with the public votes combined with those of a panel of experts to determine the winner.

- Click here to watch the contenders and vote for Goal of the Month

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