SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: On the up

Goal ace: Defender Miguel Llera has earned recognition by scoring four times in April for the Owls

Goal ace: Defender Miguel Llera has earned recognition by scoring four times in April for the Owls

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WEDNESDAY have been handed a double boost ahead of their promotion decider, with Dave Jones and Miguel Llera nominated for Football League awards.

Jones is shortlisted for the npower Manager of the Month trophy for April, and Llera is a Player of the Month contender.

It follows the continuation of the Owls’ great run under Jones, their surge into pole position in the race for second place, and Llera’s four goals in the five games played in April.

Jones was also the Manager of the Month for March - when Michail Antonio was among the player nominations.

His rivals for the April award are Chris Powell of champions Charlton and Karl Robinson of play-off qualifiers MK Dons.All three bosses won four and drew one during the month.

Llera is up against Charlton defender Leon Cort and Bury striker Mike Grella who, like Llera netted four times during the month.

Ex-Wednesday star Paolo Di Canio and former Owls boss Paul Sturrock are nominated for the League Two manager award along with Graham Turner of Shrewsbury.

Di Canio’s Swindon outfit are champions, and Sturrock’s Southend side have a chance of their division’s third automatic promotion place. Shrewsbury are already up in second spot.

Award-winners are due to be announced on Friday.

The Owls’ April results swelled the record under Jones to nine wins and two draws.

He regarded last month’s award from the league panel as recognition for the whole club.

A monthly award is sometimes perceived as a “curse” ahead of the next game but Jones did not regard it in that light and he led the Owls to a 2-0 win away to promotion rivals Huddersfield after collecting the April trophy.

It was the start of April form that also brought a 3-0 home victory against Oldham, a 1-1 draw at Colchester and 2-1 wins at Hillsborough against Carlisle and away against Brentford.

Llera scored the first goal at Huddersfield with a long-range free kick, got on the scoresheet against Oldham and Colchester, and headed the winner at Brentford last Saturday.

All home tickets for the Owls’ match against Wycombe on Saturday have been sold.