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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

30 November 2015

One way to book a place in our Team of the Week is to score a hat-trick – and three players achieved the feat this weekend.

There were still plenty of places up for grabs though, so here – with assistance from fans on social media – is the latest Team of the Week selection.

Goalkeeper: George Long (Sheffield United)

Long was in inspired form as Sheffield United earned a point at South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, although the goalkeeper was finally breached deep into stoppage time.

The stopper made several fine saves, including Conor Hourihane's spot-kick, but could do nothing about Hourihane's wonderful late equaliser.

Defender: Michael Harriman (Wycombe Wanderers)

Harriman was a constant threat as Wycombe built up a two-goal lead over Portsmouth in Sky Bet League 2 on Saturday afternoon.

The 23-year-old scored one and created another for the Chairboys, who were eventually pegged back to 2-2 by the high-flying Pompey.

Defender: Semi Ajayi (Crewe Alexandra)

Crewe picked up consecutive Sky Bet League 1 victories for the first time this term, after defeating Oldham Athletic 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

@football_league@SemiAjayi was class, @MarcusHaber@_JamesJones96 and @ry_coco are all shouts

— CAFC (@crewenews365) November 28, 2015
The Latics came up against a resilient Railwaymen back line, with Cardiff City loanee Semi Ajayi starring at the heart of the defence on his debut.

Great result today and brilliant effort from the boys to get the win and a clean sheet. Couldn't have asked for more on my debut #crewealex

— Semi Ajayi (@SemiAjayi) November 28, 2015
Defender: Brad Barry (Swindon Town)

It was a good afternoon for Barry, grabbing two assists and a clean sheet in Swindon's emphatic win at Chesterfield.

The 20-year-old produced a dazzling display down the right flank, helping the Robins to three points which pulled them from the brink of the bottom four up to 17th.

Midfielder: Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion)

March was in outstanding form as Brighton extended their unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship to 18 games.

The winger scored and caused the Birmingham defence havoc throughout, as the Seagulls won 2-1 to return to the top of the division.

@football_league@dcfcofficial Solly March..was superb today #bhafc

— Kevin Tate (@ctcake) November 28, 2015
Midfielder: Milan Lalkovic (Walsall)

Bradford City had gone 679 minutes without conceding until they came up against Walsall on Saturday  afternoon.

Lalkovic had a big part to play in the goal that brought the Bantams' run to an end, and he then scored the crucial second as the Saddlers closed the gap to Sky Bet League 1's automatic promotion places.

fantastic result today !! great perfomance from everyone and happy to score the winner thanks @RomaineSawyers always setting me up ⚪️🔴⚪️🔴😩

— Milan Lalkovic (@LalkovicMilan15) November 28, 2015
Midfielder: Jacob Butterfield (Derby County)

Butterfield was the star of the show on Friday night when Derby defeated Hull City to hit the summit of the Sky Bet Championship, albeit only until Saturday evening.

The 25-year-old grabbed a brace as the Tigers lost their unbeaten home record, and their lead at the top of the division.

Midfielder: Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage)

The first of three hat-trick heroes in this week's selection, Whelpdale helped himself to a treble in Stevenage's 4-3 win over Morecambe.

Despite having a penalty saved during the game, the midfielder was still able to net three goals and take home the matchball.

Buzzing after the game today! Great 3 points! Thanks for all your messages 👍🏻⚽️⚽️⚽️

— Chris Whelpdale (@chriswhelpdale) November 28, 2015
Midfielder: Grant Ward (Rotherham United)

Rotherham picked up another important victory towards the bottom end of the Sky Bet Championship, cruising past Bristol City 3-0.

The Millers have now recorded back-to-back triumphs following seven winless games, and Ward was labelled as the stand-out player by jubilant boss Neil Redfearn.

Forward: Conor Washington (Peterborough United)

Peterborough continue to put teams to the sword under Graham Westley, with Scunthorpe United the latest team to fall to The Football League's top scorers.

@football_league@dcfcofficial Conor Washington for Peterborough He scored a hat-trick against Scunthorpe

— kyleirving (@kyleirving1) November 28, 2015
A dominant 4-0 win at Glanford Park saw Washington score three, and Posh have now racked up 46 goals from their 20 Sky Bet League 1 fixtures.

Forward: Oliver McBurnie (Newport County)

He may have only played for just over half an hour, but that's all it took for McBurnie to introduce himself to the Newport faithful – and he did so in style.

Still hasn't sunk in yet, can't stop smiling! Thanks for all the messages❤️

— R.S (@oli_mcburnie) November 28, 2015
The teenager arrived at Rodney Parade from Swansea City on Thursday, and hit a hat-trick off the bench in 28 minutes to hand the Exiles a 3-0 win – their first on home soil in 18 months.

Manager: Chris Wilder (Northampton Town)

It's been a rocky road for Northampton over recent weeks, but Chris Wilder has overseen a fine run of form to lift the Cobblers to third in Sky Bet League 2.

Following a midweek win at Crawley Town, Wilder's side defeated Yeovil Town 2-0 on Saturday to move level on points with leaders Oxford United, and Plymouth Argyle, on 40 points.

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