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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

29 February 2016

A hat-trick hero leads the line in our latest Team of the Week, despite ending up on the losing side...

With some help from fans on social media, we’ve put together 11 of the weekend’s star performers – and a manager – to make up our latest selection.

Goalkeeper: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town)

Ipswich were bombarded by shots in Saturday’s visit to Huddersfield Town, but held firm courtesy of Bialkowski’s fine display in between the sticks

@football_league@CAFCofficial Bartosz Bialkowski, Was SUPERB!

— S.W.E.E.T.M.A.N (@BanterSquadTho) February 27, 2016
The Polish stopper produced a string of saves to deny the Terriers, while Ben Pringle did the business at the other end in a 1-0 win for the Tractor Boys.

Defender: Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle)

Hartley starred at the back for Plymouth in their 1-0 win over Notts County, as they closed the gap to the top of Sky Bet League 2 to 10 points.

Graham Carey got the goal, but Hartley and his defensive colleagues held firm against the Magpies; the centre-back producing a goal-line clearance to deny Jon Stead.

Defender: Alfie Mawson (Barnsley)

Mawson settled matters as Barnsley moved to ninth in Sky Bet League 1, courtesy of a 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra.

@football_league@CAFCofficial Alfie Mawson, Barnsley

top scoring centre half in the country, scored the winner today

— Whitey (@Andy__White) February 27, 2016
Often the man getting on the end of set-pieces, Mawson took this one... firing a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner to clinch the points.

Defender: Darren Jones (Newport County)

Newport picked up a fine 1-0 home victory over Play-Off chasing Mansfield Town, putting them comfortably clear of the Sky Bet League 2 trapdoor.

Jones excelled at the back, and played a part in the match-winning goal when his long-range effort fell into Scott Boden’s path - the striker made no mistake from inside the area.

Midfielder: Jordi Gomez (Blackburn Rovers)

Gomez produced a phenomenal performance for Blackburn and topped it off with a sublime winner in a 3-2 triumph over Milton Keynes Dons.

Good Night!@OneRovers

— Jordi Gómez (@JordiGomez14) February 27, 2016
The Spaniard headed Rovers level after they trailed 1-0, but saved his best for last by curling home a brilliant free-kick in stoppage time to break the Dons’ hearts.

Midfielder: Michael O'Connor (Port Vale)

O’Connor was influential as Port Vale got the weekend off to a flyer, defeating Southend United 3-1 on Friday night.

The Northern Irishman’s corner led to the opener, before he doubled the advantage himself. Then, his free-kick deflected in off Southend’s Ben Coker, to give the Valiants an unassailable first-half lead.

Midfielder: George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Recalled to the starting line-up, Saville repaid manager Kenny Jackett’s faith with two goals in the 2-1 win over Derby County.

After his first-half opener was cancelled out by Chris Martin, the 22-year-old headed home a late winner to end Wolves’ seven-match fruitless run.

Midfielder: Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough)

Adomah caused Fulham all sorts of problems as Middlesbrough continued their push for automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

The winger scored after just three minutes in Boro’s 2-0 defeat of Fulham and was a constant threat to the Cottagers’ backline.

Forward: Andre Gray (Burnley)

Burnley moved to the top of the Sky Bet Championship, with the division’s top scorer Andre Gray coming to the rescue.

Trailing struggling Bolton Wanderers with time running out, Gray struck twice, handing the Clarets a 2-1 win and top spot in the division.

Forward: Will Grigg (Wigan Athletic)

A lightning start from Wigan saw them pick up another victory, moving them closer to the Sky Bet League 1 summit.

Three goals in 21 minutes was enough to see off Bury, and the in-form Grigg grabbed two of those after Yanic Wildschut had opened the scoring.

Forward: Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic)

It was a memorable afternoon for Sanogo on a personal note, although the French striker ended up on the losing side at the weekend.

The on-loan Arsenal man hit a hat-trick for the Addicks, but could only look on as Reading secured a last-gasp 4-3 victory at The Valley.

Manager: Neil Warnock (Rotherham United)

Warnock picked up his first victory as Rotherham manager, bringing the Millers’ seven-game winless run to an end.

Rotherham overcame Brentford 2-1, courtesy of goals from Matt Derbyshire and Danny Ward, with the added bonus of the four teams either side of them in the Sky Bet Championship losing.

RESULT OF THE DAY: Neil Warnock secured his first win as @OfficialRUFC boss as they ended a seven-game winless run.

— The Football League (@football_league) February 27, 2016

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