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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

24 August 2015

It was an action-packed week in The Football League and we've selected a squad of top performing players and a manager to make the Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: David Martin (Milton Keynes Dons)

Martin has proved to be unbeatable over the past week, with the goalkeeper starring as his side kept two consecutive clean sheets. 

The 29-year-old stopper first helped MK beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0, and he then kept out Reading in a 0-0 draw.

Defender: Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley)

Nyatanga played a key part for Barnsley this week, excelling at both ends of the pitch.

The centre-back scored the winner in his side’s 3-2 victory over Millwall on Tuesday night, and he backed that performance up with an excellent display at the weekend when the Tykes drew 0-0 with Bradford City.

Defender: Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers)

Wycombe Wanderers remain unbeaten in Sky Bet League 2 and for that they have Aaron Pierre largely to thank. 

Great win tonight!! Wasn't our best performance but we stayed firm and got that 3 points 👌🏾👌🏾 happy to get on the score sheet😎😎❤️wwfc

— Aaron Pierre (@AaronPierre6) August 18, 2015
The defensive powerhouse scored the only goal of their game against Morecambe in midweek, and his late equaliser at the weekend saw them snatch a point against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Defender: Joe Bryan (Bristol City)

Bryan bagged Bristol City’s winner in their highly impressive win over Middlesbrough on Saturday.

3 points! Buzzing to be back on the pitch with man like @Bobby293 ❤️

— Joe Bryan (@joe_bryan179) August 22, 2015
Steve Cotterill’s men were the outsiders to be triumphant at the Riverside Stadium, but Bryan’s marvellous finish grabbed them their first three points of the season.

Read more: Steve Cotterill hails courageous Bristol City as they pick up first victory

Midfielder: Johnny Russell (Derby County)

Derby County have kicked their league season off with four draws in a row, and that owes much to Russell’s finishing ability.

The Rams found themselves behind against Middlesbrough and Birmingham City in the past week, but the Scot’s second-half strikes ensured that they remain undefeated in the Sky Bet Championship this term.

Read more: Birmingham City and Derby County battle out pulsating draw

Midfielder: Bradley Dack (Gillingham)

Dack’s form has been one of the main reasons why Gillingham have started well in Sky Bet League 1 this campaign.

The attacking midfielder has netted five times so far this season, with two of those goals coming at the weekend in a 2-0 success over Wigan Athletic as the Gills climbed to the division's summit.

Midfielder: Kemar Roofe (Oxford United)

Oxford United’s summer signing has notched in his side’s last four outings, with his goalscoring prowess clear for all to see.

In the past week, Roofe slammed home against Notts County, helping his side to a 3-1 victory, and he also scored from the spot in a 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Midfielder: Brad Inman (Crewe Alexandra)

Crewe may not have won either of their last two matches, but Inman remained a stand-out player this week.

The 23-year-old's full repertoire of skills were on display on Saturday, when he scored a wonderful solo goal to rescue a point against Port Vale. He also netted in a 3-2 defeat to Coventry City on Tuesday.

Striker: Ryan Bird (Yeovil Town)

Bird’s double helped Yeovil pick up their first win of the campaign, as they came from behind against Luton Town.

Great win yesterday, we go again Saturday 💪🏼👊🏻⚽️💚 #Glovers#Goals

— Ryan Bird (@Ryan7Bird) August 23, 2015
The Hatters had taken a 2-0 lead at Huish Park, but a Stephen Arthurworrey header put the hosts back in the game, before Bird showcased his finishing skills – scoring twice in the last half-hour to provide his side with the win.

Striker: Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers)

Austin scored 18 times in the Premier League last season and he has seemingly picked up where he left off this time around. 

Great performance from the lads today pleased for cherry getting on the score sheet also 3 points great week for us #StanBowlesDay

— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin9) August 22, 2015
The clinical forward blasted one goal in at Molineux to help Chris Ramsey’s side comeback from 2-0 down to win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday, and he then scored twice and set one up in a 4-2 success over Rotherham United at the weekend.

Striker: Abdenasser El Khayati (Burton Albion)

Burton may be playing at a higher level this season, but El Khayati has handled the step up from Sky Bet League 2 with ease.

The Dutchman has three goals in his last two matches, after hitting a double against Blackpool and then scoring in a 2-1 victory over Peterborough United.

Read more: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink unhappy with Burton Albion performance despite win

Manager: Graham Alexander (Fleetwood Town)

Alexander has certainly got his Fleetwood side firing in the past week, with the Cod Army able to celebrate eight times in their past two matches.

Fleetwood beat Bury 4-3 on Tuesday and then built on the momentum gained in that match by cruising to a 4-0 triumph over Colchester United.

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