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Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Team of the Tournament

3 April 2016

As the Johnstone's Paint Trophy reaches its conclusion, we've looked back through the 48 matches played so far and picked out the tournament's star performers.

With the help of fans on social media, we have collated the results and below are the players who make it into our Team of the Tournament...

Goalkeeper: Barry Roche (Morecambe)

The 33-year-old veteran had a perfect record during this year's tournament. The stopper kept three consecutive clean sheets in the early rounds against Walsall, Bury and Rochdale but wasn't involved in the Area Semi-Final when Morecambe were defeated 2-0 by Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium. 


Defender: Alfie Mawson (Barnsley)

Mawson played an integral part in Barnsley's road to Wembley. He has played every minute of every game in the competition so far, scoring a crucial winner at Valley Parade in the second round when the Tykes recorded an impressive 2-1 win over Bradford City.


Defender: Jake Wright (Oxford)

The Oxford skipper showed terrific leadership to help keep two clean sheets against higher-division opposition as Oxford reached the final.

The 30-year-old played in four of the Yellows' five games, only missing the 2-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge. 


Defender: Nathan Smith (Yeovil)

The 29-year-old was ever-present as Yeovil Town reached the final four of the southern section. The Glovers looked impressive early on, keeping clean sheets against Barnet and Coventry City, before causing a shock by beating Gillingham on penalties at Priestfield Stadium. 

Yeovil battled valiantly against Oxford at the Kassam Stadium in the Area Semi-Finals, but narrowly lost 3-2.


Defender: Aaron McGowan (Morecambe)

The centre-back played every minute of Morecambe's first three games when the Shrimps didn't concede a goal. A 2-0 triumph over Walsall was followed up with 1-0 victories over Bury and Rochdale. 

McGowan, however, wasn't involved in the Northern Area Semi-Final loss to Fleetwood.


Midfielder: Kemar Roofe (Oxford)

Roofe played a pivotal part in Oxford's route to the final. He's been in fine form throughout the 2015/16 season, netting four times in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. 

The 23-year-old bagged a brace against Swindon Town in a 2-0 win before securing another double in the 2-0 success over Millwall in the first leg of the Southern Area Final at the Den. 


Midfielder: Adam Hammill (Barnsley) 

The midfielder returned to Oakwell for his third spell at the club in November 2015 and scored on his debut in a first round tie against York City.

The 28-year-old was on target again in their next Trophy game, against Wigan Athletic, and scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out against Fleetwood Town in the Northern Area Final second leg to send the Tykes to Wembley. 


Midfielder: Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) 

Wildschut found the net twice for the Latics in the early stages of the competition after signing from Middlesbrough. He scored the winner on his full debut against Crewe Alexandra before netting again in the next round at home to Blackpool. 

He came off the bench in the Area Semi-Final against Barnsley, but the Latics were defeated on penalties.


Midfielder: Conor Hourihane (Barnsley)

Hourihane has been a rock in the Barnsley midfield this season, providing the inspiration as captain to reach Wembley after a string of fine displays.

The Irishman appeared in five of the club's six Trophy games and scored once, in the second leg of the Northern Area Final against Fleetwood. 


Forward: Lee Gregory (Millwall) 

The 27-year-old is the leading scorer in this year's Johnstone's Paint Trophy with six to his name. Four of those came against Plymouth Argyle in the third round when the two clubs contested an eight-goal thriller, which Millwall eventually won 5-3. 

His other goals were scored against Northampton Town and Oxford United.


Forward: Jordy Hiwula (Wigan Athletic) 

The striker joined the Latics on loan from Huddersfield Town in late August 2015 and scored a brace in the club's second round tie against Crewe, before repeating his antics in the next round at home to Blackpool.

Wigan were eventually knocked out by Barnsley on penalties in the Area Semi-Final. 


Manager: Michael Appleton (Oxford United) 

Appleton has guided his League 2 side to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final with two victories over higher-league opposition. 

After overcoming rivals Swindon Town in the second round, United then defeated Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0, Yeovil Town 3-2 and Millwall 2-1 over two legs in the Southern Area Final.


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