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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

25 April 2016

We're nearing the climax of the 2015/16 campaign, when big performances are now all the more important with promotion and relegation at stake.

With assistance from fans on social media, we've pulled together a selection of players who really stepped up to the plate this weekend. So, without further ado...

Goalkeeper: Joel Coleman (Oldham Athletic)

A second clean sheet in a matter of days for Coleman, with the latest ensuring Oldham's Sky Bet League 1 survival.

The Latics stopper was in fine form with a string of saves, including denying Callum Saunders one-on-one and saving a curling Bradden Inman effort in the 1-0 win at Boundary Park.

Defender: Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon)

Charles was a rock at the heart of the Wimbledon defence as they edged one step closer to a maiden appearance in the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Offs.

Lyle Taylor's early goal put the Dons on their way, before Charles and co. produced a stellar display to repel the best efforts of Leyton Orient.

@football_league Darius Charles for Wimbledon, man mountain

— Jack Chesterman (@JackChesterman) April 23, 2016
Defender: Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion)

It could not be any tighter at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, with Brighton's 3-1 win at Charlton Athletic moving the Seagulls level on points with Burnley and Middlesbrough.

Dunk produced a typically impressive display in defence with the already-relegated Addicks throwing caution to the wind, while the creative forces – led by Jiri Skalak – did the damage at the other end.

Defender: Marc Roberts (Barnsley)

A second successive showing in our Team of the Week for Roberts, who starred for Barnsley in their goalless draw at Sheffield United.

In a hard-fought South Yorkshire derby, Roberts and his troops held firm, earning a vital point which has taken them back into the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off positions.

Midfielder: Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic)

Jacobs was instrumental for Wigan as they put themselves on the brink of promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship.

The winger was at his creative best, laying on first-half goals for Chris McCann and Will Grigg, and he deservedly got one for himself, striking the final blow in their 4-1 triumph over Southend United.

Great win and performance yesterday puts us in touching distance of promotion.Thanks for support 👍🏻

— Michael Jacobs (@mjacobs18) April 24, 2016
Midfielder: Michael O'Connor (Port Vale)

Another stunning home performance from Port Vale resulted in a 4-1 win against Rochdale, with O'Connor coolness personified, slotting home two penalties in the win.

In addition to his brace, the Northern Irishman put in a fine-all round performance as the Valiants celebrated their 6,000th Football League goal in style.

Read more: Theo Robinson nets Vale's 6,000th Football League goal

Midfielder: Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest)

Lansbury shone in the Forest midfield as they ended their eight-game winless run with a 3-1 triumph at Fulham.

The captain converted from the spot for his first goal since November, and he cleverly flicked home in the second half to guarantee Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship survival.

Midfielder: Dean Parrett (Stevenage)

A Parrett-inspired Stevenage moved above opponents Morecambe in Sky Bet League 2, coming from behind to record a 4-1 win at the Globe Arena.

Trailing 1-0, the 24-year-old's corner forced an own goal from Alan Goodall, but he soon got his own name on the scoresheet – grabbing two goals to send Boro up to 19th in the table.

Thanks to all the fans today great support !!! what a result and performance from the lads today !!!!! Buzzing

— dean parrett (@deano_parrett19) April 23, 2016
Midfielder: Chris Taylor (Millwall)

Taylor opened the scoring at Bury direct from a corner in the fourth minute, and continued to torment the Shakers as Millwall all but booked their place in the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs.

The on-loan Blackburn Rovers winger set up Steve Morison for the Lions' second, before doubling his own personal tally late on to round off a 3-1 win at Gigg Lane.

Forward: James Hanson (Bradford City)

Bradford proved their Play-Off credentials with a thumping win over fellow promotion hopefuls Walsall.

Hanson was instrumental in the 4-0 success, helping himself to three goals against the hapless Saddlers.

Forward: Lucas Akins (Burton Albion)

Burton took another huge step towards promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, with Akins the hat-trick hero in a 3-0 victory at Colchester United.

The attacker's superb treble kept the Brewers second, while also contributing to Colchester's relegation from Sky Bet League 1.

Read more: Colchester United relegated to Sky Bet League 2

Manager: John Still (Dagenham & Redbridge)

Despite their recent relegation, Still managed to get the very best out of his players as they put a dent in Plymouth Argyle's hopes of automatic promotion.

The Daggers raced into a three-goal first-half lead at Home Park and, despite the Pilgrims' best efforts, held on for an impressive 3-2 triumph.

RESULT OF THE DAY: Relegated @Dag_RedFC produce dazzling first-half display to shock promotion-chasing Plymouth.

— The Football League (@football_league) April 23, 2016

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