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Gills boss Steve Lovell has deservedly won the League 1 Manager of the Month award for January.

Lovell has been a revelation since taking over the club last year following the disastrous re-appointment of Adrian Pennock and the subsequent departure of Peter Taylor.

And in January Lovell excelled, leading the team to four straight wins as the Gills achieved a 100% record in the opening month of 2018.

The Gills kicked off the New Year with a 2-1 win against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, then followed up with another 2-1 win, this time back at home at Priestfield, against Rochdale.

Lovell’s side then hit the road again and came away from Glanford Park with a 3-1 win over Scunthorpe United. Then the Gills concluded a perfect month with a 2-1 home win over Fleetwood Town.

There’s a feel-good factor beginning to return to the club, and that’s down, for the most part, to Lovell’s transformation of the team.

Now his successes have been given official recognition, and he richly deserves his award.