Sunderland ended arguably their toughest month this season with an away defeat to West Ham United on Saturday lunchtime.

Manchester City were the first team that the Black Cats would face last month, and the Wearsiders produced a fine display despite losing 1-0 through a Sergio Aguero goal. The Black Cats managed to take four points from their next two games against Liverpool and Manchester United, games in which the new signings truly began to make an impact.

With the Wearsiders entering the final stretch of the season and still one point from safety, Read Sunderland choose their awards for the month of February:

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