Palace loanee Jason Banton has been named the npower League 2 Player of the Month for March after his dazzling displays for Plymouth Argyle have helped the Pilgrims pull away from the relegation dogfight at the foot of the Football League.
The 20 year old bagged three goals for his temporary club during March including a Devon derby day winner against Exeter City to further endear himself to his new fans, and those strikes helped Plymouth secure four wins, a draw and just a solitary loss to league leaders Gillingham during a hugely successful month as they moved out of the relegation zone just at the right time.
Since arriving at Home Park in January, having made his Eagles bow against Stoke City weeks before, Banton has taken the division by storm and has become the club's top scorer this season by finding the back of the net six times in his 13 appearances which could prove invaluable should the club avoid slipping into the Blue Square Premier League.
“The recognition is good, but this sort of thing has not been in my mind since I've been here because it’s been a dog-fight just trying to stay in the league," he said. “To get recognised with the club in the position we are is a good thing.
“Someone sent me a text saying that my goals have been worth 10 or 11 points to the club. Those kind of stats are decent and I’m just glad I've been able to play my part.
“The team, the coaching staff, the backroom staff and everyone at the club has contributed to what we are doing, and helped me be able to score the goals.”
Pilgrims boss John Sheridan has also been rewarded with the Manager of the Month accolade, but there is still much to do as the club remain just three points away from the drop zone with four games remaining.