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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

3 November 2014

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

Goalkeeper: Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers)

Johnstone had a debut to remember on his return to Doncaster after re-joining them on loan last week from Manchester United. Rovers fell 1-0 behind but Johnstone kept out efforts from Billy Knott and Alan Sheehan, before they turned it around to win 2-1.

Defender: Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic)

Wigan and Fulham played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium on Saturday and Espinoza was a stand-out player for the Latics, scoring their second goal of the afternoon in the 54th minute.

Defender: Jack O'Connell (Rochdale)

The on-loan Blackburn Rovers defender scored his second goal in as many matches to set Dale on their way to a convincing 3-0 win against Preston, who had won their previous eight matches. A special mention must also go to goalkeeper Conrad Logan, who saved a late penalty to preserve a clean sheet. Preston manager Simon Grayson said the defeat to Rochdale was tough to take.

Defender: Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City)

Full-back Ribeiro was part of the Exeter side that ended Luton's seven-game winning run, which was featured in our Weekend in Numbers. The full-back was brought down by Luton defender Scott Griffiths for the Grecians' leveller, after he went on a marauding run down the right.

Midfielder: Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers)

Winger Marshall was Blackburn's star player on Saturday when they overcame Reading 3-1. The 23-year-old was involved in all three of Rovers' goals, including scoring a free-kick, as they moved up to seventh in the Sky Bet Championship. Manager Gary Bowyer believes there's more to come from the former Leicester man.

Midfielder: Ryan Leonard (Southend United)

Southend were 2-1 winners at Mansfield and Leonard was the man who netted their first, with a spectacular long-range effort after the Stags failed to clear a corner. Barry Corr also impressed for Phil Brown's men, who ended a run of five winless games.

Midfielder: Mark Marshall (Port Vale)

Marshall has put in a number of impressive displays for the Valiants over recent weeks and he was at it again on Saturday when Rob Page's side won 2-1. The midfielder met an Adam Yates cross to open the scoring before teeing up Colin Daniel for the second goal.

Midfielder: Jim O'Brien (Coventry City)

O'Brien was at the double for Coventry City to earn them a point in a 2-2 draw at Leyton Orient. He scored his first in the 35th minute to put the Sky Blues in front, before levelling in injury time, after they had gone 2-1 down.

Striker: Matej Vydra (Watford)

Vydra is enjoying his second spell at Watford and was in fine form in the Hornets' 3-1 home victory against Millwall. The Czech international scored a 36th-minute equaliser, which set Slavisa Jokanovic's side on their way to a 3-1 success. Despite moving to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship with the three points, Jokanovic said his side are still improving under his guidance.

Striker: Cameron Jerome (Norwich City)

Norwich moved up to third in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday with a 2-1 triumph against Bolton Wanderers and that was largely down to Cameron Jerome, who bagged a brace. The front man's first was a low finish, while his second was a header from a corner. Norwich boss Neil Adams felt his side deserved the three points.

Striker: Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town)

It's been quite a week for forward Mangan. On Tuesday, he netted the Shrews' leveller against Chelsea, although they eventually lost, before inspiring a comeback at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday. Micky Mellon's side trailed 1-0 at the break when Mangan came on and he netted a wonder goal to level the match up, and was then brought down for a late penalty, which Liam Lawrence converted. Boss Mellon hailed the character of his team after the victory.

Manager: Chris Powell (Huddersfield Town)

Huddersfield are now unbeaten in seven after a convincing 3-0 success against Nottingham Forest. That form has moved them clear of the relegation places, only six points off the top six. A special mention must also go to striker Grant Holt, who was pivotal for the Terriers against his former club.

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