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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

9 February 2015

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

Goalkeeper: Heurelho Gomes (Watford)

Gomes made a string of fine saves to keep Blackburn Rovers at bay, before team-mate Odion Ighalo’s late winner bagged the Hornets all three points. Rotherham’s Adam Collin was also a man on form, making several stops in the Millers’ 2-0 victory over Ipswich.

Defender: Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest)

Collins was recalled to the heart of the defence for the first time this season by new Forest boss Dougie Freedman, and he repaid his manager’s faith by scoring the equaliser on their way to three points against Brighton.

Defender: Phil Edwards (Burton Albion)

Edwards scored one and set up another as Burton moved back to the top of Sky Bet League 2 by beating Cheltenham 3-1. Edwards’ contribution in the win earns him a place in the Team of the Week for the second successive time.

Defender: Ben Purkiss (Walsall)

Walsall recorded a third successive away victory without conceding in a 2-0 triumph at Doncaster, and several of the Saddlers’ defence were worthy of inclusion in our Team of the Week. We’ve gone for right-back Purkiss, though, who denied Rovers an equaliser with a goal-line clearance.

Midfielder: Carl Winchester (Oldham Athletic)

Winchester’s late solo goal landed Oldham all three points at Scunthorpe, and the 1-0 win was enough to see the Latics leap from 10th position into the final Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off place.

Midfielder: Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham)

McGlashan came off the bench to fire home his third goal in five games and hand his side the lead over Sheffield United, before teeing up Cody McDonald just minutes later to seal all three points.

Midfielder: Filipe Morais (Bradford City)

Morais was involved in both of Bradford’s goals against Port Vale, assisting James Hanson’s first-half opener before rifling home a volleyed effort of his own. His contribution was not enough for all three points though, as the Bantams conceded an injury-time penalty to draw 2-2.

Midfielder: Tom Ince (Derby County)

Derby’s new attacking midfielder marked his arrival on loan from Hull City with a brace against Bolton. His first was a brilliantly placed free-kick, while his second was a tidy left-footed finish early in the second period.

Striker: Gary Hooper (Norwich City)

Hooper bagged his first hat-trick in English football for five years to help Norwich down Blackpool 4-0 at Carrow Road. The 27-year-old opened his account with two smart close-range finishes, and he rounded off his treble by converting a penalty on the hour mark.

Striker: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)

Wilson netted his 16th and 17th goals of the season in a comprehensive 3-1 win at Wigan Athletic. His first saw him beat the offside trap and slot past Ali Al Habsi, and he shrugged off two defenders to score his second in a delightful solo effort.

Striker: Charlie Wyke (Carlisle United)

Carlisle’s Wyke came to the fore in a Sky Bet League 2 relegation six-pointer to net twice in a 2-0 win over Tranmere. The former Middlesbrough man cut in from the left wing to curl past Rovers goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams for his first, and doubled his tally just four minutes later with a neat finish at the near post.

Manager: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Burton Albion)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink steered Burton back to the top of Sky Bet League 2 with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Cheltenham. Stuart Beavon, Adam McGurk and Phil Edwards all got on the scoresheet for the Brewers, who extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games.

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