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Sky Bet Football League Team of Midweek

20 April 2016

Another enthralling night of Football League action has been and gone, and that means it’s time for another Team of Midweek!

Plenty of players shone under the lights on Tuesday night, and here’s our pick of the bunch.

Goalkeeper: George Long (Sheffield United)

A first-half penalty save by Long helped Sheffield United on their way to three points at struggling Shrewsbury Town.

The Blades’ stopper saved Kyle Vassell’s spot-kick, and produced several more stops as United recorded a 2-1 triumph.

Defender: Sol Bamba (Leeds United)

Bamba struck one of the goals of the night as Leeds picked up a third successive Sky Bet Championship victory.

The centre-back unleashed a thunderous effort past the helpless Carl Ikeme to put the Whites on their way to a 2-1 win over Wolves.

Defender: Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town)

Mansfield put a major dent in Exeter City’s Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off ambitions, recording a 3-2 success down in Devon.

Centre-back Tafazolli was the man who did most of the damage, scoring twice as the Stags came away with maximum points.

Defender: Marc Roberts (Barnsley)

George Williams may have grabbed a last-minute winner for Barnsley, but he wasn’t the only defender to star in the 1-0 win over Peterborough United.

Roberts proved an immovable object as Posh tried in vain to make a breakthrough, but the Tykes held firm and moved to the brink of the top six with the win.

Midfielder: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton & Hove Albion)

It’s been a stunning few days for Brighton, who have racked up nine goals in the space of five days.

Knockaert scored two and made another in the 4-0 rout of Queens Park Rangers, which saw the Seagulls close the gap on the top two.

Midfielder: Tom Ince (Derby County)

Derby will be playing in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs at the very least come the end of the season, after coming from behind to beat Bristol City 3-2.

Ince was in inspirational form, scoring one goal and creating another as the Rams recorded a fourth straight win.

Midfielder: Luke Berry (Cambridge United)

There were a whole host of Cambridge players who threw their hat in the ring, but we’ve opted for Berry following the 7-0 thrashing of Morecambe.

The skipper netted the first from the spot, played a major part in the fourth, and won and scored another penalty to put the icing on the cake.

Midfielder: Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town)

Newly-crowned Sky Bet League 2 champions Northampton returned home to Sixfields, and returned to winning ways after a run of four consecutive draws.

Holmes’ wizardry caused Crawley Town problems all night, and he got his rewards when he converted a penalty in the 2-1 success.

Forward: Scott Hogan (Brentford)

A stunning few days for Hogan culminated in a remarkable late showing at home to Cardiff City on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old netted on his return from injury on Saturday, and he stepped off the bench to score twice in the last quarter of an hour to give the Bees victory.

Forward: Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle)

Another super sub was Jervis, who replaced Reuben Reid in the first half of their trip to Leyton Orient.

What followed was two goals for the striker in the 3-1 win, which keeps the Pilgrims very much in the hunt for automatic promotion in Sky Bet League 2.

Forward: Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon)

Taylor scored twice as Wimbledon recorded a 2-0 win at relegated Dagenham & Redbridge.

A goal either side of half-time took the striker to the 20-goal milestone for the season, in all competitions, and the result maintains the Dons’ Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off push.

Manager: Jackie McNamara (York City)

With York staring relegation in the face, McNamara’s men produced a phenomenal performance to defeat Portsmouth 3-1 on Tuesday night.

The three points keeps the Minstermen’s slim hopes of survival alive, and goalscorer Luke Summerfield was full of praise for every single player involved in the win.

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