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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

4 April 2016

Captain marvels, derby day heroes and inspirational comebacks.

They’re all here in our Team of the Week, with these selections really stepping up as we reach the business end of The Football League season.

Goalkeeper: Scott Flinders (York City)

York secured a 1-1 draw at home to Leyton Orient on Saturday, and they have Flinders to thank after a superb goalkeeping display.

Orient peppered the York goal after going behind but found the stopper in fine form, producing a string of saves as the 10-men held on for a point.


Defender: Frankie Kent (Colchester United)

Colchester United continued their fight against Sky Bet League 1 relegation with an impressive point against Play-Off chasing Millwall.

Excelling at the back was 19-year-old Frankie Kent, who superbly handled the attacking threat of Lee Gregory and Steve Morison in the goalless draw.


Defender: Stephen Darby (Bradford City)

Darby starred in the Bradford backline as they earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Scunthorpe United.

The Bantams skipper made two crucial blocks to keep out Hakeeb Abdelakun and Paddy Madden, before Steve Davies popped up to earn the points.


Defender: Chris Basham (Sheffield United)

One goal and one assist from Basham helped Sheffield United on their way to victory over promotion-chasing Walsall.

After heading the Blades in front, the wing-back turned provider for Billy Sharp to leave United two places shy of Sky Bet League 1’s top six.


Midfielder: Robert Snodgrass (Hull City)

Hull reignited their promotion hopes with an emphatic 4-0 demolition of Bristol City.

A Snodgrass corner was nodded home by Curtis Davies to set the Tigers on their way, and the winger doubled the lead with a header his own in the rout.


Midfielder: Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough)

Leadbitter was a crucial cog in the Middlesbrough midfield as they moved second in the Sky Bet Championship. 

The Boro skipper created all three goals in the Friday night win over QPR, with his penalty miss the only blip on an outstanding all-round display.


Midfielder: Harry Beautyman (Peterborough United)

Beautyman scored two goals for Peterborough as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra.

The 24-year-old had gone 13 months without a goal prior to the Good Friday win over Coventry City, but now his three in two after his latest strikes.


Midfielder: Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United)

Frecklington played a major part in Rotherham’s 2-1 derby day triumph over Leeds United.

After netting the opener, the Millers man was hauled down in the box with the scores level, and the penalty was converted by Greg Halford to secure the bragging rights in Yorkshire.


Forward: Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers)

The in-form Taylor reached the milestone of 25 goals this season as Bristol Rovers moved back into the automatic promotion places.

The 26-year-old scored two headers in the 3-0 win over Crawley Town, and now has 10 goals in his past eight outings for the high-flying Pirates.


Forward: Will Grigg (Wigan Athletic)

Wigan climbed to the Sky Bet League 1 summit courtesy of a thumping 5-1 triumph at Shrewsbury Town.

Grigg hit a brace in the win, which saw the Latics extend their unbeaten run to 19 games and leapfrog Burton Albion at the top of the division.


Forward: Ollie Watkins (Exeter City)

Watkins was on fine form during March but his performance in the Devon derby at the weekend topped the lot.

The 20-year-old fired a brace as the Grecians fought from a goal down to defeat rivals Plymouth Argyle, with his last-minute winner one to remember.


Manager: Danny Wilson (Chesterfield)

Wilson guided Chesterfield to a second-half comeback against Port Vale to secure three crucial points towards Sky Bet League 1 safety.

A double substitution at the break paid dividends as Gboly Ariyibi and Jay O’Shea sparked the fightback which saw the Spireites run out 4-2 winners.


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