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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

2 March 2015

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

Goalkeeper: Matt Ingram (Wycombe Wanderers)

Wycombe were the only side among the top three of Sky Bet League 2 to pick up a point at the weekend, and that was down to the heroics of Ingram. The 21-year-old superbly stopped Dean Parrett’s penalty deep into second-half stoppage time, to ensure the Chairboys drew 2-2 with Stevenage. A special mention must go to Ingram’s team-mate Fred Onyedinma, who bagged a brace in the fixture. Another Football League goalkeeper to impress was Blackburn’s Jason Steele, as he became the first stopper to keep out Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium this season.

Defender: Paul Huntington (Preston North End)

Preston have kept five successive clean sheets, with two of those coming this past week. Huntington has featured in all five, and he scored the first Football League goal of the weekend when heading home after 70 seconds in the Lilywhites’ 4-0 win at Oldham Athletic.

Defender: Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town)

Cheltenham kept their first clean sheet in 26 Sky Bet League 2 games in a 2-0 triumph over fellow strugglers Tranmere Rovers. Brown marshalled the defence well and then popped up with the second goal of the game, to seal the three points that moved the Robins out of the drop-zone.

Defender: Chris Stokes (Coventry City)

Coventry grabbed a 2-1 win over high-flying Milton Keynes Dons, and it was Stokes who headed them in front nine minutes into his home debut. The on-loan Forest Green defender then played his part as the Sky Blues held off the Dons’ onslaught to gain a crucial win.

Midfielder: Joel Byrom (Northampton Town)

Byrom put in an impressive performance as an in-form Northampton brought Shrewsbury’s 16-match unbeaten record at Greenhous Meadow to an end. Byrom helped keep the Shrews midfield quiet throughout, and he finished off a fine set-piece which proved to be the Cobblers’ match-winner.

Midfielder: Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Wolves secured a win at home to Fulham and a victory at Cardiff City this week, and Bakary Sako was in prolific form. The powerful midfielder scored a brace against the Cottagers on Tuesday, and then grabbed the all-important goal in the Welsh capital at the weekend.

Midfielder: Bradley Johnson (Norwich City)

Norwich now have six wins on the bounce after defeating Blackburn Rovers and East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town over the past week. Johnson’s thunderous left foot grabbed the midweek winner at Ewood Park, and he repeated the feat at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon against the Tractor Boys, finding the top corner with a powerful drive.

Midfielder: Jon Toral (Brentford)

The on-loan Arsenal winger took home the matchball on Tuesday night when he fired home a hat-trick against Blackpool. Two goals in 18 minutes put the Bees well on their way, and Toral rounded off the victory with his third in the 89th minute.

Striker: Ryan Hedges (Leyton Orient)

The Swansea City loanee struck his first career goal as Orient recorded a crucial win at Walsall on Saturday. The 19-year-old then turned provider for fellow frontman Chris Dagnall to make it 2-0, to edge the O’s three points closer to safety.

Striker: Troy Deeney (Watford)

Watford’s striking trio of Deeney, Odion Ighalo and Matej Vydra equally shared six goals across two games last week, against Rotherham and Leeds, but the Hornets’ skipper gets the nod after grabbing an assist in both games as they kept up their promotion charge with six points.

Striker: Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic)

Charlton made it three 3-0 wins in four games on Saturday, and Tony Watt was in inspired form for the Addicks. His neat footwork caused the Huddersfield defence all sorts of problems, and the former Celtic striker helped himself to a brace.

Manager: Dougie Freedman (Nottingham Forest)

Freedman’s honeymoon period at Forest is still intact after he guided his side to two wins this week. A fine 2-1 victory over Bournemouth was followed by a 3-0 success at Reading. Forest remain unbeaten under the Scot, winning five of their six matches with him at the helm, to keep their Play-Off aspirations alive.

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