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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

15 December 2014

We pick out 11 top performers and a manager from the week's Sky Bet Football League matches.

Goalkeeper: Gabor Kiraly (Fulham)

In his iconic grey jogging bottoms, Kiraly made a series of crucial saves for Fulham against Leeds United to keep the score level at Elland Road. His efforts were rewarded on the hour mark when team-mate Hugo Rodallega scored the only goal of the game to secure all three points for the Cottagers.

Defender: Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough)

Ayala was a rock at the back for Middlesbrough as they moved joint-top of the Sky Bet Championship table on Saturday lunchtime with a 2-0 win over Derby County. The result saw Boro keep a clean sheet for the ninth time this season, and Ayala has been crucial to that figure, appearing in eight of them. Manager Aitor Karanka says the triumph marked the “best afternoon” of his managerial career.

Defender: Luke Ayling (Bristol City)

Ayling was part of a Bristol City defence that kept a sixth clean sheet of the season against Crawley, but his most important contribution came in the 87th minute when he volleyed home the winner to keep the Robins at the summit of Sky Bet League 1. City boss Steve Cotterill hailed his players' resilience in earning all three points.

Defender: Reda Johnson (Coventry City)

A fifth goal of the season for Johnson sent Coventry on their way to a 2-0 victory away to Port Vale on Saturday, and that saw them jump above the Valiants in the league standings. It was the Sky Blues' second win in three matches, and their third clean sheet in a row, and manager Steven Pressley has called for them to kick on from positive results.

Midfielder: Andy Kellett (Plymouth Argyle)

On-loan Kellett scored his first goal of the season with a superb solo effort in Plymouth's win at Northampton Town. He beat four Cobblers defenders before finishing comfortably to help the Pilgrims continue their Play-Off challenge in Sky Bet League 2.

Midfielder: Erhun Oztumer (Peterborough United)

Oztumer netted the winner in his first League start of the season to give Peterborough United a much-needed win over Leyton Orient.  The 23-year-old brilliantly curled his free-kick into the top-right corner of the net to bag Darren Ferguson’s men their first victory in seven league outings.

Midfielder: Demarai Gray (Birmingham City)

Gray netted a hat-trick to help Birmingham demolish Reading 6-1 at St Andrews, despite having only scored one goal since breaking into the Blues' squad prior to Saturday. The 18-year-old's performance thrilled manager Gary Rowett.

Midfielder: Bradley Johnson (Norwich City)

Johnson grabbed two of Norwich’s five goals when they recorded a second-straight win in the Sky Bet Championship, thumping Huddersfield Town. The 27-year-old was on hand to slot home Gary Hooper’s clever pull-back for his first, and headed in his second from Jonny Howson’s blocked effort. Manager Neil Adams admitted his delight at halting his side's poor run of results at Carrow Road.

Striker: Alex MacDonald (Burton Albion)

MacDonald spearheaded Burton Albion to a convincing 4-0 triumph over managerless Hartlepool United at the Pirelli Stadium, with two quick-fire strikes either side of half time. The goals were the Scot’s fifth and sixth of the season for the Brewers, who continued their assault on automatic promotion with a 12th victory of the campaign, and received praise from boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Striker: Luke Norris (Gillingham)

Norris’ brace saw Gillingham to their first away victory of the season as they beat fellow strugglers Doncaster Rovers 2-1. Norris met Michael Doughty’s drilled cross to open the scoring shortly after the restart, and grabbed his second with an impressive 30-yard strike past Rovers goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Striker: Jordan Cook (Walsall)

Cook scored a sublime, must-see equaliser from the edge of the area for the Saddlers against Barnsley before wrapping up all three points in the final minutes of the match to make it four wins in six unbeaten games for Walsall.

Manager: Paul Tisdale (Exeter City)

Tisdale’s Grecians are now up to seventh in Sky Bet League 2 after seeing off Carlisle United 2-0 at the weekend. It was a complete performance from Exeter, who have extended their unbeaten run to nine matches, and the 41-year-old was happy to see their momentum continue.

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