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XI of the best from the Easter weekend

8 April 2015

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

Goalkeeper: Richard O’Donnell (Walsall)

O'Donnell went into the Easter weekend on the back of 99 consecutive performances for the Saddlers since his arrival in 2013, and he surpassed the century mark in style, picking up two clean sheets as Walsall gained two points in their battle for Sky Bet League 1 survival.

Defender: Dave Winfield (York City)

Winfield was part of the York defence that kept two clean sheets over Easter, as they collected four vital points in the process. The defender headed a winner in the relegation six-pointer with Cheltenham Town, as the Minstermen landed just a second home success this term, before following that up with a commanding display in a goalless stalemate with Oxford United.

Defender: Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield)

Chesterfield's two weekend triumphs mean they have now accumulated 12 points from their last four games in the race for the League 1 Play-Offs. A 3-2 away success at Yeovil Town was followed by a 1-0 win over Crewe, with Darikwa scoring the deciding goal against the Railwaymen.

Defender: Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town)

Shrewsbury closed the gap on Burton Albion at the top of Sky Bet League 2 with two wins and two clean sheets from their weekend outings. Goldson has been in outstanding form in defence all season, but he popped up to score two superb headers in Friday's 2-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge to clinch the three points.

Midfielder: Ryan Harley (Exeter City)

Exeter have gone eight games unbeaten and, after two wins in four days, sit just a point outside the League 2 Play-Off places. Harley's well-taken volley led a remarkable comeback against Luton on Good Friday, as the Grecians clawed back a two-goal deficit to win 3-2, and his penalty wrapped up the win over Newport County on Monday afternoon.

Midfielder: Bradley Johnson (Norwich City)

Norwich find themselves in the Sky Bet Championship automatic promotion places thanks to a 100 per cent record over the weekend. Midfielder Johnson was the key man in both fixtures, netting the winner against Brighton & Hove Albion and both goals versus Sheffield Wednesday.

Midfielder: Will Atkinson (Southend United)

Southend remain in the hunt for automatic promotion after picking up back-to-back victories, over Mansfield Town and Hartlepool United. Atkinson had gone 39 games without hitting the net, but the midfielder struck once in each game as the Blues' march continued.

Midfielder: George Moncur (Colchester United)

Colchester bagged two wins in four days to lift themselves closer to Sky Bet League 1 safety and Moncur was in inspired form in front of goal, netting twice in two games from midfield to boost the U's chances of survival.

Striker: Jamie Cureton (Dagenham & Redbridge)

Cureton became the oldest player to score a Football League hat-trick this term after his three-goal haul against AFC Wimbledon on Monday. The 39-year-old now has 18 goals this campaign after taking home the match ball in the 4-0 triumph.

Striker: Will Grigg (Milton Keynes Dons)

Grigg bagged four Easter goals, thanks to braces against Swindon Town and Scunthorpe United. Prior to that, the striker also scored two against Notts County, and his form has helped the Dons keep pace with Preston North End who sit five points above them in second spot in Sky Bet League 1.

Striker: Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Wolves' devastating attack was on show again at weekend with Afobe, Nouha Dicko and Bakary Sako contributing to five of their six goals, leading to two wins and seeing them move into that coveted sixth spot in the Sky Bet Championship. We've gone for Afobe in our Team of the Week though, with his two strikes taking him to 29 for the season.

Manager: Simon Grayson (Preston North End)

It was a fine Easter weekend for Simon Grayson after his Preston side earned six points to guarantee them at least a place in the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs come May, and extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches. However, Grayson will be aiming higher after the two victories helped the Lilywhites close the gap on Bristol City to eight points, with a game in-hand.

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