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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

9 March 2015

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

Goalkeeper: David Button (Brentford)

Button was in inspired form on Saturday in the Bees’ 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Ipswich couldn’t find a winner despite a wave of attacks, and Brentford held on to remain above the Tractor Boys in the Play-Off race.

Defender: Jack Smith (AFC Wimbledon)

AFC Wimbledon have picked up four points from two outings over last week and Smith impressed for the Dons in both. He was part of the defence that kept Southend at bay on Tuesday when the two sides shared a goalless stalemate, and four days later he volleyed a late winner in a 2-1 win over York.

Defender: Bira Dembele (Stevenage)

Stevenage picked up six points from their two matches, both against rivals fighting for a Play-Off place. Dembele and his defence kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Plymouth, before the Frenchman headed the winner against Newport County on Saturday - a goal which lifted Boro above the Welsh side and into eighth in Sky Bet League 2.

Defender: Luke Ayling (Bristol City)

Six points saw Bristol City march 10 points clear at the top of Sky Bet League 1. Luke Ayling was the catalyst behind Saturday’s win at Crawley, nodding home the winner after assisting the first goal for Aden Flint. A mention must go to centre-back Flint, who also found the net in the midweek success at Leyton Orient.

Midfielder: Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest)

Gardner scored a stunner as Forest beat Reading a week ago, and he was at it again on Saturday. His long-range effort started an impressive comeback against high-flying Middlesbrough, with Dexter Blackstock completing Forest's turnaround in the second half.

Midfielder: Ryan Harley (Exeter City)

Exeter had gone seven games without a victory until they made the 700-mile round-trip to Carlisle at the weekend. Harley ran the show in midfield and scored twice, the second of which was a perfectly-placed shot from outside the box.

Midfielder: Billy Bingham (Dagenham & Redbridge)

Dagenham climbed the Sky Bet League 2 table last week with back-to-back victories, and Bingham was a key part of that success. The midfielder netted against Hartlepool on Tuesday, before making it two in two with the all-important winner at Tranmere, a fine long-range effort.

Midfielder: Alex Mowatt (Leeds United)

Mowatt finds himself in the Team of the Week for the second time in three weeks, after his goals helped Leeds to successive victories. The 20-year-old netted at Elland Road in the midweek triumph over Ipswich, before grabbing the winner against Wigan on Saturday.

Striker: Brett Pitman (AFC Bournemouth)

The Cherries were in scintillating form on Friday night when they tore Fulham apart at Craven Cottage. A number of players could have slotted into the Team of the Week, but we’ve plumped for Brett Pitman. The front man netted twice in the 5-1 win, including a fine solo goal when he ran from his own half to score.

Striker: George Waring (Barnsley)

Waring has four goals in three games for the Tykes, scoring three last week and taking Barnsley to the edge of the Play-Off positions. His goal decided things against Coventry in midweek, and he bagged a brace at home to Walsall four days later. Barnsley’s defence deserve a mention after keeping their opponents at bay in both fixtures.

Striker Ian Henderson (Rochdale)

Rochdale’s top scorer added three more to this term’s goal tally, as Dale picked up six points from their two games. Henderson kept his cool to slot home two penalties in the 4-0 rout of Crewe, and his match-winning goal against Colchester moved his side within three points of the top six.

Manager: Dave Robertson (Peterborough United)

Caretaker boss Robertson guided Posh to two victories, extending his 100 per cent winning record since taking the reins from Darren Ferguson. Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient was preceded by a fine success at Bramall Lane, where two last-gasp goals gave them a 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

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