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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

14 September 2015

There was no shortage of contenders for a place in the Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week, with penalty saves, hat-tricks and stunning strikes in abundance.

Goalkeeper: Adam Smith (Northampton Town)

Northampton Town ended a four-game winless run in Sky Bet League 2, with their 10 men defeating Oxford United 1-0 at Sixfields.

Smith has been named Man of the Match in all of the Cobblers' home games so far and he was on form again, preserving the lead with a fine penalty save to deny Danny Hylton as the hosts held on for all three points.

Exeter City's Bobby Olejnik and York City's Scott Flinders also produced fine spot-kick saves to help their respective sides to positive results.

Defender: Tendayi Darikwa (Burnley)

Burnley recorded a third straight success in the Sky Bet Championship with Darikwa turning in a Man of the Match display against Sheffield Wednesday.

The full-back impressed going forward and performed his defensive duties admirably with the Clarets recording a 3-1 win to move up to fifth.

Defender: Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town)

Shrewsbury recorded a second successive away win at the weekend, earning a 1-0 victory at fellow Sky Bet League 1 new boys Southend United.

The central defender was a rock at the back for the Shrews and he capped his performance off with the winning goal, nodding home in the second half.

Defender: Reece Wabara (Barnsley)

Barnsley cruised to a 4-1 victory over Swindon Town in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday, and Wabara struck one of the goals of the weekend in the fixture at Oakwell.

Great win today! Full weeks training has been massive. Nice to get a goal also :) looking forward to Saturday🙌🏽 #BFC

— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) September 12, 2015
The 23-year-old got the ball out of his feet and unleashed a rocket from distance, which flew past the helpless Lawrence Vigouroux in the Robins' goal.

Defender: Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City)

We gave a mention to Exeter goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik earlier, whose penalty save kept Hartlepool United out at St James Park, and that opened the door for Ribeiro to grab a last-gasp winner for the hosts.

With the game in stoppage time, the right-back arrived in the box, picked the ball up from Clinton Morrison and fired home a low drive to secure maximum points.

Another great win for us!! Nice to get off the mark this season too 😃 thank you for the awesome support all the way to the end 👏👏 #ecfc

— Christian Ribeiro (@Ribeiro_no2) September 12, 2015

Midfielder: Johnny Russell (Derby County)

Derby County notched their first victory under Paul Clement with Russell influential in the Rams' 2-1 success at Preston North End.

Chris Martin grabbed both goals but even he heaped praised on team-mate Russell, whose fabulous long pass put Martin in for the game's opening goal.

@football_league definitely should be @johnnyrussell27 🔥🔥🔥🔥

— AH! (@AshHardwick25) September 12, 2015

Midfielder: Adam Chapman (Mansfield Town)

Mansfield's 4-0 thumping of Crawley Town on Saturday was their first at the One Call Stadium this term, and midfielder Chapman was at the heart of their convincing showing.

He picked up the Man of the Match award for his all-round action display, and earned special praise from manager Adam Murray for his efforts.

Read more: More to come from Mansfield Town – Adam Murray

Midfielder: Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest)

Twenty-five-year-old Mendes made his debut for Nottingham Forest in their 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, and shone throughout.

The midfielder, on loan from Lille, was one of a trio of players making their first appearances for the club, and they all played their part with Mendes and Chris O'Grady setting up Nelson Oliveira for the winner.

Forward: Orlando Sa (Reading)

Central to Reading's 5-1 demolition of Ipswich Town was Portuguese striker Orlando Sa, who bagged a 63-minute hat-trick on Friday night.

Sa, who now has four goals in his last two matches for the Royals, showed his full range of talents - heading in the first, finishing from outside the box for his second, and completing his haul with a poacher's finish from six yards.

Forward: Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City)

Another man who found the target three times at the weekend was Birmingham City talisman Clayton Donaldson.

The 31-year-old twice found the net from close range, before rolling the ball in from the penalty spot to claim the matchball inside 41 minutes.

Forward: Aiden O'Brien (Millwall)

Rounding off the hat-trick of hat-trick heroes was Millwall front man Aiden O'Brien, who put three past Crewe Alexandra to give the Lions their first victory since the opening day of the season in Sky Bet League 1.

O'Brien opened the scoring by firing home after a goalmouth scramble, and then notched two in 10 minutes with the scores locked at 1-1, first with a rifled effort on the turn from 25 yards, and then following some neat footwork on the edge of Crewe's penalty area, which had a finish to match.

Manager: Grant McCann (Peterborough United)

Thrust into the limelight for Peterborough United following the dismissal of Dave Robertson was Grant McCann, who oversaw their 5-1 win away at Oldham Athletic.

McCann handed a debut to 21-year-old Lee Angol, who twice got on the scoresheet at Boundary Park, and also linked well with strike partner Souleymane Coulibaly, who also grabbed a brace.

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