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DOWNING UP FOR AWARD

8 January 2014

Reliable central defender short-listed...

SADDLERS' central defender, Paul Downing, has been recognised for a solid month by being short-listed for the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award for December 2013.

Downing is one of four players selected by an expert panel.


Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) - midfielder
Given the freedom to roam and use his passing ability to worry opposition defences, he also contributed three goals - a header and two powerful strikes - the highlight a stunning 30-yard equaliser against former club Oldham Athletic.

Paul Downing (Walsall) – central defender
Now settled, the 22-year-old’s distribution from the back and fine reading of the game were instrumental in Walsall conceding just three goals in the month. Has formed an impressive partnership with the experienced Andy Butler.

Stephen Gleeson (Milton Keynes Dons) - midfielder
Finally recovering his form after a long-term injury, the Irishman scored two stunning goals – against Port Vale and an angled dipping volley at Crawley Town. His box-to-box energy was vital in his side winning all of his December games.

Sam Saunders (Brentford) – winger
Alternating between the wing and the centre, he drove his side forward throughout a stellar December. Two assists and three goals featured a stunning free-kick against Swindon Town and a terrific 20-yard strike against MK Dons.


The winner will be announced on Friday...

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