Pellegrini & Adam Johnson claim January Manager and Player of the Month awards

The Manchester City boss becomes the first to win back-to-back gongs since Carlo Ancelotti in 2011, while the Sunderland winger impressed with five goals in three games
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been named Barclays Manager of the Month for the second time in as many months.

The Chilean guided his side to four consecutive victories in January, including a 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham at White Hart Lane and wins against Cardiff City, Newcastle and Swansea City.

Pellegrini is the first manager to win the award in back-to-back months since Carlo Ancelotti achieved the feat as Chelsea boss in 2011.

Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson claimed the Player of the Month award for January after a sensational run of form.

The Black Cats started off the month with defeat to Aston Villa but the winger scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage in the following game.

Johnson struck again in a 2-2 draw with Southampton before scoring the only goal of the game in a victory over Stoke as Gus Poyet's side continue to climb up the Premier League table and away from the relegation zone.