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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

11 April 2016

Another weekend of action is over, with the first promotions and relegations of The Football League season having been confirmed.

It's that time of the season where big performances can be the difference between going up or down, and we've selected 11 players and a manager who really stepped up to the plate on Matchday 41.

Goalkeeper: Joe Anyon (Scunthorpe United)

Returning to the starting line-up for the first time since November, Anyon showed no signs of rustiness as he put in a Man of the Match performance against highflying Burton Albion.

The Iron stopper had to be at his very best to deny Calum Butcher and Mason Bennett, with Neal Bishop's goal at the other end earning Scunthorpe maximum points.

Defender: Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic)

Wigan extended their lead at the top of Sky Bet League 1 after a 1-0 win over Coventry City, with Warnock putting in another classy display for the Latics.

It was the left-back's delivery which set up Will Grigg for the winner, a goal which extended Wigan's unbeaten run to a remarkable 20 matches.

Great feeling to go 20 unbeaten! A step closer, 5 massive games to go🔵⚪️ #upthetics

— Stephen Warnock (@StephenWarnock3) April 9, 2016
Defender: Anthony Gerrard (Oldham Athletic)

Gerrard was a rock at the heart of an impressive Oldham defence who kept out promotion-chasing Walsall at Boundary Park.

The 1-0 success – which came thanks to a Curtis Main strike – took John Sheridan's men out of the bottom four and up to 18th in Sky Bet League 1.

Another clean sheet and another win!! Brilliant shift from the boys again, we go again Tuesday 👊🏻⚽️

— Anthony Gerrard (@antgerrard86) April 9, 2016
Defender: Maxime Colin (Brentford)

Colin was in fine form at both ends of the pitch as Brentford recorded an impressive 3-1 away win at Ipswich Town.

The full-back made a number of crucial blocks and proved a constant threat down the right-hand side too, crossing for Lasse Vibe to grab one of his two goals.

Midfielder: Johnny Russell (Derby County)

Two goals from Russell contributed to a thumping 4-1 victory for Derby, who relegated opponents Bolton Wanderers in the process.

Read more: Bolton Wanderers relegated from the Sky Bet Championship

Further goals from Tom Ince and Jacob Butterfield made sure of a comfortable win which moved the Rams to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship.

Midfielder: Bobby Reid (Bristol City)

Reid excelled for Bristol City as they racked up four goals in a win over Play-Off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday.

The all-action midfielder grabbed a goal for himself, and won a penalty – converted by Lee Tomlin – as the Robins won 4-1 to move even closer to Sky Bet Championship safety.

Great Performance From Everyone Today Hope You Enjoyed It, Happy To Get A Goal Aswell! 🙌🏾🎉🔴⚪️

— Bobby Decordova-Reid (@Bobby293) April 9, 2016
Midfielder: Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United)

One team to have confirmed their survival is Hartlepool, whose fine recent run has pulled them well clear of the Sky Bet League 2 drop zone.

Thomas produced a dazzling display and bagged a brace in a 5-2 success at Morecambe, and dedicated the goals to his late grandfather.

After losing my grandad last night I would just like to dedicate my goals yesterday to him 1/2

— Nathan Thomas (@Naththomas19) April 10, 2016
Midfielder: Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth)

Two assists for Bennett helped Pompey overturn a half-time deficit to further cement their position in the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Offs.

And the winger was rewarded for his efforts with a goal himself, putting the gloss on a 4-1 win at struggling Dagenham & Redbridge.

Forward: Chris Maguire (Oxford United)

Oxford bounced back from last week's Johnstone's Paint Trophy disappointment to hammer Crawley Town 5-1 on the road.

Maguire set one goal up and scored two – one of which was a penalty won by himself as the U's held on to second spot in Sky Bet League 2.

Forward: John Akinde (Barnet)

Akinde starred for Barnet as he scored two goals in a 3-0 London derby victory over Leyton Orient.

The first of the striker's two goals was his 50th for the Bees, and he soon added another in a dominant home win at the Hive.

Forward: Louis Dodds (Port Vale)

Another striker to net two goals was Dodds, and he set up the other in a win for the Valiants over rivals Crewe Alexandra.

Vale's win, combined with other results, resulted in the Railwaymen's relegation from Sky Bet League 1.

Read more: Crewe Alexandra relegated from Sky Bet League 1

Manager: Neil Warnock (Rotherham United)

He's becoming a  bit of a regular in this slot, but an emphatic win for Rotherham at struggling Milton Keynes Dons earns Warnock the Manager of the Week.

Read more: Neil Warnock named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for March

The 4-0 thrashing came a day after the Millers' boss was announced as March's Manager of the Month, and it moved Rotherham nine points clear of their opponents in the fight for Sky Bet Championship survival.

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