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Southend United boss Brown lands Manager of the Month award, while MK Dons' Baker is also recognised

Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November. Credit: PA

Southend United manager Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November.

The Shrimpers picked up maximum points in the month to move up to 5th in the division - just four points behind leaders Wycombe Wanderers.

There was more good news for the club, with winger David Worrall also winning the player award.

Carl Baker has won the League One prize. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, MK Dons midfielder Carl Baker has won the League One prize.

The 31-year-old has been in superb form since joining the club in September, helping the Dons edge closer to the automatic promotion places.


MK Dons manager Robinson apologises to the club's fans after AFC Wimbledon defeat

Karl Robinson was disappointed with his team's display. Credit: PA

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has apologised to the club's fans after his side crashed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy to rivals AFC Wimbledon.

An 80th minute winner from former Northampton Town striker Adebayo Akinfenwa ensured that AFC Wimbledon recorded a 3-2 win - their first victory over MK Dons since the two clubs formed following Wimbledon's F.C's extinction.

Benik Afobe was on the scoresheet again. Credit: PA

Goals from Daniel Powell and Benik Afobe provided rare bright sparks in a poor display at stadium:mk, and Robinson feels that his team should have done better.

“I thought our fans conducted themselves with real quality at the end of the game.

All I can say is sorry because we’ve lost a game that we class as a derby or a rival game, but it had to happen at some time and it had to happen now.

Maybe this game didn’t mean enough to some of our players and maybe we need to educate them more on that.

I was expecting a bit more from a number of the players but maybe I didn’t give them enough information on how much this game does mean."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

Elsewhere, Northampton Town did progress to the next round with an impressive 2-1 win over Portsmouth but Luton Town and Colchester United were beaten by Crawley Town and Gillingham respectively.

MK Dons braced for Alli bids despite midfielder signing new contract

Dele Alli is staying at MK Dons..for now. Credit: PA

Highly-rated MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new and improved contract with the club.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Football League, and has reportedly attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are thought to be among his admirers, but Alli has committed his immediate future to the Dons.

The youngster's new deal will run until 2017, but manager Karl Robinson admits that it's unlikely Alli will remain at stadium:mk for that long.

"Dele is an exceptionally gifted player and it was only right that we rewarded him for a fantastic 12 months with this new deal.

Dele will continue to be linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and it’s inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever. "

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager


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