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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

1 February 2016

FA Cup fixtures may have resulted in another reduced Football League schedule, but there were still a number of notable performances on Matchday 29.

A lesson in how to respond to a heavy defeat, a couple of hat-trick heroes and a clean sheet for a 46-year-old... here's our latest Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Barry Richardson (Wycombe Wanderers)

The story of the weekend, without a doubt. Wycombe's Alex Lynch was unfortunately stretchered off during Saturday's visit to Plymouth Argyle. Step forward, Barry Richardson.

A clean sheet for @bazricho1 against the team who have scored in every home game this season. #PLYvWYCpic.twitter.com/CgjORn9Hcj

— Wycombe Wanderers FC (@wwfcofficial) January 30, 2016
The Chairboys' 46-year-old goalkeeping coach came on for his first League appearance since 2005, and successfully kept out the Pilgrims at Home Park – a feat achieved by no other team this season.



Defender: Scott Golbourne (Bristol City)

Golbourne impressed on his second s for the Robins, after rejoining the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this week.

Eleven years since first pulling on a City shirt, the Bristol-born full-back played his part in a hard-fought goalless draw with the in-form Birmingham City.



Defender: Will Aimson (Blackpool)

Blackpool recorded a fine win over high-flying Gillingham on Matchday 29, managing to keep out The Football League's highest scorers in the process.

Aimson and defensive partner Tom Aldred particularly stood out for the Seasiders, as the Gills failed to register a single shot on target over the 90 minutes.



Defender: Haydn Hollis (Notts County)

Notts County made it two away wins in two under new boss Jamie Fullarton, picking up a second successive clean sheet in the process.

@football_league Haydn Hollis.

— Kieran (@KieranGuy_Ncfc) January 30, 2016
Hollis was a man-mountain for the Magpies in the 2-0 success, and produced a late goal-line block to further frustrate opponents Luton Town.



Defender: Kevin Long (Barnsley)

Barnsley made it six Sky Bet League 1 wins in a row after grabbing a late win away at Swindon Town on Matchday 29.

The Tykes' defence continued their fine recent form with Long starring in the back line, before Sam Winnall popped up with the crucial strike.



Midfielder: Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City)

Whittingham netted two goals for Cardiff as they came out on top in a five-goal thriller with Huddersfield Town.

@football_league@SkyBetChamp Whittingham Whittingham Whittingham Whittingham Whittingham Whittingham Whittingham Whittingham

— Patrick James (@PatrickJames233) January 30, 2016
The left winger neatly tucked the Bluebirds in front, and fired home a trademark free-kick in the second half which proved decisive in West Yorkshire.



Midfielder: Johan Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic)

Charlton produced The Football League's Result of the Day, ending a run of 11 winless games in the Sky Bet Championship.

RESULT OF THE DAY: @CAFCofficial beat @OfficialRUFC 4-1 to end an 11-game winless run in the big @SkyBetChamp game. pic.twitter.com/gQO3loXVsH

— The Football League (@football_league) January 30, 2016
Gudmundsson was instrumental in the success, providing three assists in the 4-1 win over Rotherham United.

Read more: Jose Riga - Charlton Athletic's work 'not done yet'



Midfielder: Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley)

McConville impressed as Accrington defeated in-form Bristol Rovers to climb to fifth in the Sky Bet League 2 standings and grabbed the crucial goal – although he didn't mean it!



The 1-0 win puts John Coleman's men just two points behind the Pirates with four games in hand – and the automatic promotion places are well within sight after the latest three-point haul.



Forward: Will Grigg (Wigan Athletic)

Wigan have now scored three goals at the DW Stadium in four successive games, and they all came from one source in the win over Port Vale.

Hat-trick hero! @WillGrigg with all three goals today, collecting the match ball after the game! #wafcpic.twitter.com/33XId02xSV

— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) January 30, 2016
Grigg won the debate to be awarded the first goal, subsequently adding two more to ensure he was taking home the match ball following the 3-0 triumph.



Forward: Ben Williamson (Cambridge United)

With top scorer Barry Corr sidelined for the rest of the campaign, Williamson stepped up to the plate in Saturday's visit to Leyton Orient.

@football_league Williamson for. @CambridgeUtdFC obviously. 2 goals and an assist

— Roberto Graggio (@trebor_guk) January 30, 2016
The 27-year-old scored two and made one in a 3-1win in the capital, bringing O's boss Kevin Nolan's honeymoon period to an abrupt end.



Forward: Jack Compton (Yeovil Town)

The other man to bag a treble this weekend was Compton as Yeovil secured another vital win towards the wrong end of the Sky Bet League 2 table.

A day to remember ⚽️⚽️⚽️ Amazing effort from the lads and great… https://t.co/kKPJcYvlcI

— Jack Compton (@ComptonJ11) January 31, 2016
Usually employed as a winger, Compton has been pushed forward by Darren Way, and is certainly making the most of his opportunity to get among the goals.

Read more: Jack Compton grabbing striking opportunity 'with both hands'



Manager: Keith Hill (Rochdale)

Following last week's 6-1 thumping at the hands of Barnsley, Hill rang the changes as Rochdale welcomed Burton Albion to Spotland.

The players bounced back in the perfect manner, overcoming the Sky Bet League 1 leaders 2-1, with a sublime Callum Camps strike and Ian Henderson's penalty giving them the win.


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