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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

17 August 2015

Match Round 2 of the Football League is over, and we've compiled the latest Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week.

With suggestions pouring in from fans on social media, here's 11 players and a manager who impressed at the weekend...

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford (Preston North End)

Pickford excelled as Preston extended their unbeaten run against Milton Keynes Dons to nine matches.

The keeper put in a commanding display to prevent the usually free-scoring Dons from breaking through, and Pickford had to be at his very best to superbly keep out a Carl Baker header in the first half.

Defender: Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town)

Tafazolli was in fine form for Mansfield as they defeated local rivals Notts County in Sky Bet League 2 on Friday night.

The defender played his part as the travelling Stags kept County at bay throughout, and his header in the 80th minute sealed the three points for Mansfield to extend their 18-year unbeaten run at Meadow Lane.

Defender: Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest)

Mancienne received rave reviews for his performance as Nottingham Forest fought back to defeat Rotherham at the City Ground.

@ShaunSnowdon@football_league@Mance888 mom for me today

— flint (@flintski68) August 15, 2015

@football_league@Mance888 for @Official_NFFC great performance today!

— Catherine Snowdon (@CHS_nffc) August 15, 2015
Filling in at left-back, the former Chelsea defender impressed the Forest faithful with a battling display, and fellow defender Matt Mills also starred with the equalising goal in the 2-1 win.

Defender: Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town)

After throwing away a two-goal lead last week, Ipswich earned all three points in Match Round 2 with a 2-1 triumph over Sheffield Wednesday.

The Tractor Boys went behind and were made to work hard for the win, with Tommy Smith nodding home the crucial goal and earning praise from boss Mick McCarthy.

Read more: Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy: We deserved win

Midfielder: Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City)

Coventry produced arguably the result of the weekend with a 4-0 win at Millwall, and Lameiras was inspirational in the victory.

The Portuguese midfielder scored the second goal before turning provider for Adam Armstrong to make it three, and the Newcastle loanee also deserves a special mention after scoring a brace for the second successive weekend.

Midfielder: Garry Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers)

Thompson grabbed his first goals for his new club to send Wycombe to the top of Sky Bet League 2 on Saturday.

Thanks for all the messages, buzzing to get my 1st goals for Wycombe!! Lads were fantastic from start to finish, and you fans 🎶🎵👏👏 #Believe

— Garry Thompson (@g11klt) August 15, 2015
The 34-year-old, who hit 12 goals from midfield for Notts County in League 1 last term, opened his account for the Chairboys from 20 yards, before converting a late penalty to seal a 2-0 triumph.

Midfielder: Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough)

Middlesbrough got their first three points of 2015/16, and Fabbrini was influential on the result.

The Italian opened the scoring with a stunning strike into the top corner, before brilliantly creating an opening for Kike to extend the lead. Fabbrini nearly doubled his personal tally but his deflected shot was parried on to the bar, however the excellent Kike was on hand to tap in and make it 3-0.

@football_league@SkyBetChamp fabbrini and kike🔥

— jordanknowles (@jordanknowles16) August 15, 2015

@football_league@SkyBetChamp Fabbrini and Kike at Boro today, both were game changers and played class 😁

— Ryan PS (@Extinct_PS) August 15, 2015

Midfielder: Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United)

Maddison inspired a Peterborough comeback as they fought back to beat Colchester United 2-1 at London Road.

The Posh responded quickly to going a goal down with Maddison scoring with a spectacular effort from the left wing, and he added another left-footed drive from outside the box to get his side off the mark in Sky Bet League 1.

Forward: Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United)

Ibehre netted the first hat-trick of his career in Carlisle's astonishing 4-4 draw with Cambridge United.

Cambridge raced into a two-goal lead only for an Ibehre brace to cancel it out and, after the U's went 4-3 up, the 32-year-old smashed home his hat-trick goal to earn the Cumbrians a point, and Ibehre the matchball.

Thank you all for u support today it was electric... Movingeasy x

— Jabo Ibehre (@Ibehre) August 15, 2015

Forward: Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United)

Madden bagged a brace as Scunthorpe defeated Crewe Alexandra 2-0 at Glanford Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Irish striker clinically headed the Iron in front, before scoring his second of the match with an emphatic driven finish inside the far post.

Forward: Che Adams (Sheffield United)

Sheffield United bounced back from last week's crushing defeat at Gillingham to get themselves their first points under Nigel Adkins, courtesy of a 2-0 win over Chesterfield.

Adams linked up with Connor Sammon twice for his goals - reacting quickest to a parried effort to give the Blades the lead, before extending the advantage following a neat one-two with his strike partner.

Manager: Jim Bentley (Morecambe)

Bentley will be a relieved man after finally bringing Morecambe's hoodoo against local rivals Accrington Stanley to an end.

Since the pair arrived in The Football League, the Shrimps have failed to defeat Stanley in 16 matches. However, that all changed on Saturday, when Aaron Wildig's early goal was enough for a 1-0 win.

Read more: Six talking points from Match Round 2 of The Football League

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