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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

13 April 2015

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

Goalkeeper: Michael Ingham (York City)

Ingham kept a third consecutive clean sheet since stepping in for the suspended Bobby Olejnik. The Minstermen had been reduced to 10 men, but Ingham stood firm to keep out Hartlepool United, and Luke Summerfield’s deflected strike earned York three vital points.

Defender:  Anthony O’Connor (Plymouth Argyle)
Plymouth maintained their Play-Off charge with a 2-1 win over Mansfield Town. O’Connor put the Pilgrims on their way to victory with a superb header, while fellow defender Carl McHugh extended the lead before the Stags’ consolation goal.

Defender: Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town)

Smith starred for Chris Powell’s Huddersfield side as they grabbed their first victory at Nottingham Forest since 2000. The 22-year-old dealt with Forest’s attacking threat throughout, with Sean Scannell grabbing the decisive goal for the Terriers.

Defender: Alfie Mawson (Wycombe Wanderers)

Wycombe recorded a 2-1 win over bottom club Cheltenham Town to remain in the Sky Bet League 2 automatic promotion places, and it was Alfie Mawson who grabbed the Chairboys’ winner, after his defensive partner Aaron Pierre had opened the scoring.

Defender: Ikechi Anya (Watford)

Anya was inspirational in Watford’s win over Millwall on Saturday, creating both goals in the 2-0 triumph. The Scotland international crossed for Matej Vydra to open the scoring, and then teed up Adlene Guedioura to double the lead.

Midfielder: Jim O’Brien (Coventry City)

Tony Mowbray finally saw his Sky Blues side win at home, with the 1-0 success coming against fellow relegation rivals Colchester United. It was skipper Jim O’Brien who settled the game - his first-half winner elevated Mowbray's men to 17th.

Midfielder: Alex Kenyon (Morecambe)

Morecambe defeated Portsmouth for the first time in their history, with Kenyon the catalyst behind the win. The midfielder netted twice to set the Shrimps on their way to a 3-1 success over Pompey, at the fourth time of asking.

Midfielder: Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough)

Middlesbrough sit just two points off the top of the Sky Bet Championship after a 2-0 triumph over Rotherham United. Boro couldn’t find a way past the Millers in the first half but Lee Tomlin broke the deadlock just after the break, before turning provider for Patrick Bamford to seal the points.

Striker: Jean Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town)

Akpa-Akpro scored two for the in-form Shrewsbury as they kept the heat on Burton Albion at the top of Sky Bet League 2. The 4-0 success was their sixth win on the trot, while their defence equalled a club record by keeping their 21st clean sheet of the campaign.

Striker: Dominic Poleon (Oldham Athletic)

Poleon was the main man for Oldham as they drew with Sheffield United on Saturday. Poleon put the Latics in front with a fine strike, before doubling the lead with an absolute rocket 20 minutes later, but the Blades fought back to take a point.

Striker: Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town)

Ipswich moved back into the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off places thanks to a hard-earned triumph against already-relegated Blackpool, and Sears was at the double. The Tractor Boys trailed 1-0 but two quick-fire goals from Sears turned the game on its head, with Mick McCarthy’s men going on to win 3-2.

Manager: Alex Neil (Norwich City)

Norwich City continued their promotion push courtesy of a 2-1 win at Bolton Wanderers. With the scores level, Neil threw on an extra striker in Gary Hooper, and the Scot’s attack-mindedness paid off as the former Celtic man grabbed a last-gasp winner for the Canaries.

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