Hodgson's team ended the month with three wins and two draws from their five Barclays Premier League matches.

Home wins against Portsmouth, Burnley and Birmingham City coupled with draws away to Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland moved Fulham up to ninth in the Barclays Premier League.

Goalkeeper Schwarzer played a massive role in securing an unbeaten month as he let in only one goal in five matches, the goal coming in the 2-1 win over Birmingham.

This is the fourth time that Roy Hodgson has won the Barclays Manager of the Month award, and the second time this season. Schwarzer meanwhile picks up his first Barclays Player of the Month award in a career spanning over 13 seasons in the top flight.

team effort

The Australia international is the first Fulham player to receive the award since striker Louis Saha in August 2001.

On winning the award, Cottagers manager Hodgson said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I think it's a great achievement to win a Manager of the Month award twice in one season.

"I realise it's not me personally that's being rewarded - it's the team. The team has done so well. They did well in October when I received the award and now the team has done, if anything, even better in the month of February and once again I receive the award.

"I receive the award, absolutely in all modesty, not only on behalf of the team, but also the coaching staff, Mike Kelly and Ray Lewington. All three of us work closely together to prepare the Team in the best way possible and I think we should see this award as recognition of the team effort."

first Australian

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Schwarzer said: "I'm still a little bit shocked to have won the award. I think it's been a tremendous achievement from everybody at the club over the last five to six weeks.

"No one could have imagined it would have gone so well over that period of time and I think any number of players in the team could have won the award.

"I feel very honoured and I've just found out I'm the first Australian to win it. I'm glad to accept an award on behalf of the other players who have contributed towards my performances week-in, week-out."

The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.