Forest Green Rovers boss Dave Hockaday is happy to shun personal awards
FOREST Green boss Dave Hockaday is happy to keep dodging the personal accolades, provided his team can maintain their sparkling form.
Rovers won five of their seven Blue Square Bet Premier matches during September, and they sit a point clear at the top of the table ahead of tomorrow's trip to promotion rivals Wrexham (3pm).
Yet Hockaday was overlooked for the league's manager of the month award in favour of Dartford's Tony Burman – much to the relief of those who regard the prize as something of a curse.
The man himself has little to no interest in such trinkets, but is eager to see his players continue making headlines.
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Hockaday said: "I've not really been in the loop when it comes to manager of the month.
"All I'm interested in is how my team are playing, and we'll be going to Wrexham on the back of a really special night against Lincoln (last Friday).
"Considering it was our third game in seven days the players performed superbly, and the fans were also the best they've ever been in my time at the club.
"I suppose the standard has now been set on and off the pitch, and if we can maintain those standards we won't be far off where we want to be."
Six goals in seven Rovers starts this term have earned striker Matty Taylor a call-up to the England C Under-23 squad.
The 22-year-old is one of four representatives from the Nailsworth club in Paul Fairclough's party, with Jamie Turley, Eddie Oshodi and Kieron Forbes also due to take on Albania on October 16.
Hockaday feels such recognition is reward for the whole set-up at the New Lawn – although there will be no shouting from the rooftops after 12 matches of the campaign.
"Every player aspires to play for his country, so it's a great honour for our boys and it can only raise the profile of Forest Green," he said.
"But we'll keep our feet on the ground. We are up against some fantastic clubs with great traditions in this league, and none more so than Wrexham."
The Dragons are unbeaten in ten matches but will be especially wary of Rovers, who completed a league double over them last season.
A 2-1 win at The Racecourse in March was secured thanks to a 94th minute goal from James Norwood, and the forward is lined up to return to the squad after missing the last three matches with a rib injury.
Norwood played for Forest Green's reserves in a friendly against Bristol City on Monday, as did defenders Jared Hodgkiss, Paul Green and Chris Todd as they build up match fitness after long spells on the sidelines.
Todd has now been made available for loan, having managed only two league appearances for the club since his arrival in May 2011.
Aarran Racine (ankle) is Hockaday's only injury concern for tomorrow's trip to north Wales.