Last Updated: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:14
Reading striker Adam Le Fondre has been awarded Barclays Player of the Month, despite not starting a game in January.
The 26-year-old has had a huge impact for Brian McDermott's side when coming on as a second-half substitute as he netted five times last month to help the Premier League new boys climb out of the relegation zone.
When picking up the accolade, Le Fondre admitted that he has been left frustrated with his place on the bench, feeling that he deserves the opportunity of a starting berth.
The former Rotherham man netted two goals in his side's 2-1 victory over Newcastle and also helped the Royals fight back with a late brace against Chelsea in the 2-2 draw.
Reading boss McDermott also topped off a good month with the Barclays manager of the month award.
"It's fantastic to win the award," said Le Fondre.
"I'm buzzing for myself and the rest of the team. I want to keep this scoring run going right through until the end of the season and hopefully we can stay up."
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