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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

23 March 2015

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

Goalkeeper: Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham)

The Italian goalkeeper pulled off a string of stunning saves as the Cottagers earned three vital points at Huddersfield Town. Bettinelli denied Nahki Wells from the penalty spot and, despite spending a third of the game with 10 men, Fulham went on to win the match 2-0.

Defender: Neil Austin (Hartlepool United)

Hartlepool made huge strides in their bid for Sky Bet League 2 survival with two wins in the last week, keeping two clean sheets in the process. Alongside his defensive duties, Austin also found the net in the midweek victory at Oxford United.

Defender: Richard Wood (Crawley Town)

Crawley moved out of the Sky Bet League 1 relegation places after three successive triumphs, and Richard Wood scored the crucial winner in their midweek success at Port Vale. Wood’s recent efforts have seen the Reds extend his loan from Rotherham United until the end of the season.

Defender: Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Wolves maintained their assault on the Championship Play-Off places after picking up six points in the last seven days. Their 3-0 success over Sheffield Wednesday was helped by full-back Matt Doherty, who assisted two goals in the win and was prominent in the side that shut out Derby County in a 2-0 triumph in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday night.

Midfielder: Peter Vincenti (Rochdale)

Vincenti scored twice in the past week as Rochdale stayed with the Play-Off chasing pack in Sky Bet League 1. The midfielder notched the winner in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory at Notts County, and he headed the third goal against Scunthorpe United as Dale clinched six points from a possible six.

Midfielder: Yoni Buyens (Charlton Athletic)

Buyens struck twice for the Addicks in a 3-2 win over Reading on Saturday, following a 3-0 triumph at Blackpool in midweek. Buyens is now on eight goals for the season, and his second against the Royals was his first from open play, with the other seven all coming from the penalty spot.

Midfielder: Kyle Dempsey (Carlisle United)

Dempsey was in inspirational form last Tuesday as Carlisle secured a much-needed 2-0 win at Northampton Town, and helped the Cumbrians become the first side to prevent the Cobblers from scoring at Sixfields this term. The 19-year-old set Jason Kennedy up for the opener, and then doubled the lead with a fine header to seal the points.

Midfielder: Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town)

Shrewsbury kept their title hopes alive with two important wins, beginning with a comfortable 4-1 success at Morecambe in midweek. Lawrence then kicked off the goals in The Football League on Saturday, netting a first-minute penalty, before doubling the lead late on to secure victory.

Midfielder: Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)

The Irishman was instrumental as the Canaries picked up four points last week, scoring in a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield Town, before setting up a goal and netting from the penalty spot in the 3-1 defeat of Nottingham Forest four days later.

Striker: Carl Baker (Milton Keynes Dons)

The Dons cruised to 3-1 and 4-1 wins in the last week to remain in the hunt for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League 1. The versatile Baker showed his attacking instinct, scoring one and setting one up one as MK hit four in the second half against Notts County, and he also teed Ben Reeves up for the third goal in the midweek defeat of Oldham Athletic.

Striker: Nasser El Khayati (Burton Albion)

El Khayati netted his first goal in English football when Burton came from behind to stun Southend United on Wednesday, and the Moroccan striker doubled his tally on three days later when the Brewers romped to a 4-1 success at Tranmere Rovers.

Manager: David Flitcroft (Bury)

Bury’s fine run continued after Flitcroft guided his side to victories over York City and Northampton. Following the 1-0 triumph at Bootham Crescent, the Shakers found themselves a goal and a man down against the Cobblers, but they fought back to win 2-1 and now sit just a point off the division’s top three. In all, the Shakers have won six of their last seven outings.

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