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Ashleigh Neville & Lydia Bedford win Barclays WSL player & manager of the month awards

Ali Rampling
Leicester's Lydia Bedford is February's manager of the month
Leicester's Lydia Bedford is February's manager of the month / Barclays FA WSL
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Tottenham full-back Ashleigh Neville has been named the Barclays WSL player of the month for February, while Leicester boss Lydia Bedford has scooped the manager of the month award.

Neville featured a little higher up the pitch than she is usually accustomed to as Tottenham won two from two in February, beating Brighton 4-0 and recording a 2-0 victory over Birmingham.

The 28-year-old was largely deployed on the wing for much of the two games and got on the scoresheet in both matches with a pair of clinical finishes.

Neville has become the first ever Tottenham player to win a Barclays WSL player of the month award as Spurs continue their remarkably impressive season. Rehanne Skinner was initially brought in to stave off relegation during the 2020/21 campaign, and her side currently occupy the WSL's final Champions League spot.

Leicester also boasted a 100% record in February, resulting in a manager of the month award for Lydia Bedford. The Foxes boss has done a mightily impressive job since taking the reins in November, with her side sitting rock bottom of the WSL when she first took the job. Leicester are now eight points clear of the drop zone.

February saw the Foxes record a vital 2-1 win over relegation rivals Birmingham, before turning on the style in their 3-0 triumph over West Ham - their biggest win of the season.

"I'm really proud of what the girls achieved in the two games in February, and winning manager of the month is a testament to the work they've been putting in on the training pitch and how they've performed in those games," Bedford told LCFC TV.

"They were two really critical games, we knew they were games we needed to target. I think it's a testament to how the girls have done that we're looking back and thinking we could have picked up a few more points in January, but it's great when it came to February they were clinical about their performances, they put the ball in the back of the net when needed and walked away with the points which is great."

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