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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

16 November 2015

There may have been a reduced schedule due to the international break, but there was no reduction in the quality on show in the Football League this weekend.

Plenty of games remained in Sky Bet Leagues 1 and 2 and, with assistance from fans on social media, we've pulled together 11 players and a manager to make up our latest Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Jak Alnwick (Port Vale)

There was no clean sheet for Alnwick this weekend, but the goalkeeper was in fine form as Port Vale came away from Barnsley with all three points.

@football_league@SkyBetLeague1 jak alnwick

— Kyle Lightfoot (@KyleLightfoot) November 14, 2015
The 22-year-old produced a string of fine saves as the Valiants rode the storm, giving his side the platform to go on and record a 2-1 success.

Defender: Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers)

Taylor-Sinclair was among the goals as Doncaster recorded a third consecutive 2-0 win, a victory which sees them up to 16th in Sky Bet League 1.

Alongside scoring the second goal, the 24-year-old defended stoutly as Rovers recorded their second away win of the season, and just their second ever victory at Bloomfield Road.

Defender: Rod McDonald (Northampton Town)

Despite a fine run of recent results, Northampton have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 outings in all competitions.

However, they finally managed a shut-out in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mansfield Town on Saturday, and McDonald was a rock at the back as the Cobblers climbed into Sky Bet League 2's top three.

Read more: Six talking points from Matchday 17 in The Football League

Defender: John Egan (Gillingham)

Gillingham returned to the top of Sky Bet League 1, with Egan scoring what proved to be the crucial goal in a 3-1 win over Bury.

Aside from finding the net, the centre back was solid throughout as the Gills recovered from an early setback to take maximum points.

Read more: Justin Edinburgh delighted to see Gillingham 'spark' return

Defender: Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon)

Fuller picked up the Man of the Match award as Wimbledon produced an impressive defensive display against Portsmouth on Sunday afternoon.

Extended highlights from Pompey and interview with our man of the match on Dons Player:

— AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWimbledon) November 16, 2015
The full-back was the pick of an impressive back line as the Dons held out for a goalless draw, moving them up to ninth in Sky Bet League 2.

Midfielder: Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic)

Wigan kicked off the weekend's Football League action with a Saturday lunchtime success over nearby rivals Rochdale.

@football_league@Coventry_City Jacobs( Goal and an assist) and Pearce( Goal and clean sheet) for Wigan!

— Jay (@JWhittle18) November 14, 2015
In the first meeting between the pair this century, Jacobs was instrumental – his free-kick led to the Latics' early opener, before getting on the scoresheet himself with an emphatic finish.

Midfielder: Jake Gray (Hartlepool United)

Hartlepool fought back from a goal down to beat Leyton Orient on Sunday lunchtime, with Gray making a name for himself in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

What an afternoon, words can't describe the feeling! Thanks everyone for the messages I appreciate them all!

— Jake Gray (@JakeyGray95) November 15, 2015
The Crystal Palace loanee's low drive gave Pools the lead, and he rounded off the 3-1 win with a fantastic second.

Read more: Ronnie Moore savours Hartlepool United win in front of the TV cameras

Midfielder: Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town)

Swindon Town ended a 10-game winless streak in style, defeating in-form Scunthorpe United, with Gladwin proving to be a thorn in the Iron's side.

The midfielder, who returned to the County Ground on loan last month, was the driving force for the Robins, and laid on the winner which took Swindon out of the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone.

Midfielder: Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle)

Carey produced another influential performance as Plymouth maintained their lead at the top of Sky Bet League 2.

Read more: Derek Adams praises maturity of Plymouth Argyle

Jake Jervis profited from Carey's delivery to open the scoring, and the provider then turned scorer, Carey netting the goal that proved to be the matchwinner in the 2-1 triumph at York City.

Midfielder: Jacob Murphy (Coventry City)

Coventry moved into the top two of Sky Bet League 1 with a 3-1 win at Colchester United, and Murphy starred once more.

Buzzing we got the three points today!! Done @AdamArma9 job for the day 😎😂 happy to get 2 goals! Big game Saturday! @Coventry_City#pusb

— Jacob Murphy (@JacobMurphy95) November 14, 2015
A close-range finish from the 20-year-old put the Sky Blues on level terms, and he kept his composure shortly after to coolly round the goalkeeper and double his tally for the afternoon.

Forward: Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers)

A second-half double from Taylor gave Bristol Rovers a 2-0 win over Carlisle United, a result which saw them leapfrog their opponents and move up to eighth in Sky Bet League 2.

@football_league@Official_BRFC's @matthewtaylor69 is a shoe-in.

— Adam Humphreys (@adam_humphreys) November 14, 2015
His first was a real poacher's finish at the back post, and he grabbed his second with a good run and low drive beyond the despairing dive of the goalkeeper.

Manager: Martin Ling (Swindon Town)

Martin Ling made his County Ground bow as a manager, and helped guide his new team to a first win in 10 games with the 2-1 success over Scunthorpe.

RESULT OF THE DAY: @Official_STFC beat @SUFCOfficial in Martin Ling’s 1st league game ending a 10-game winless run.

— The Football League (@football_league) November 14, 2015
Although he admitted it wasn't pretty, the win saw Swindon Town climb the Sky Bet League 1 table, and he had plenty of praise for his players for not losing their belief.

Read more: Martin Ling hails 'resilient' Swindon Town after maiden victory

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