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Martin Petrov with October player award
Season 2009/10

Player of Month award for Petrov

  • 24 November 2009 15:27
  • Posted byPeter Ferguson

Martin Petrov proudly picked up his Etihad Airways Player of the Month award for October but insisted that his goals mean nothing to him if City don't win the match.

Popular winger Petrov polled 39 per cent of the supporters' vote to pip tough-tackling Nigel de Jong to the award in a month that included two scoring performances against West Ham and Wigan.

But Martin told Oldham-based City fan Steven Byrne, who presented him with the winners' champagne at Carrington: "For me it's not so important that I score the goals, but that we win.

"Okay, I am always glad to score, but it doesn't matter if we don't win. I'd like to thank all the fans who voted for me, it's great that people back home in Bulgaria will see this award."

Petrov, a huge fans' favourite since his arrival from Spain two years ago, capped his determined  October displays with strikes in the 3-1 win over West Ham and the 1-1 draw at Wigan.

Supporter Steve, who voted for Martin and was drawn out of the hat by Etihad to make the presentation, was accompanieed by his 13-year-old twin sons Elliot and Connor, who were disappointed to hear the winger will not be fit to face Hull on Saturday.

Petrov, who is recovering from a knee injury, said: "I'm feeling better but for this week I don't think I'll make it - I'm hoping that I can start training again at the start of next week."

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