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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

11 January 2016

There was a heavily-reduced Football League schedule with a number of clubs in FA Cup action over the weekend.

However, seven games did take place across Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2, and we've picked 11 players and a manager to make up our Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Jamie Stephens (Barnet)
Defender: Gavin Hoyte (Barnet)

Barnet overcame Bristol Rovers 1-0 in Sky Bet League 2, with Stephens proving an obstacle impossible to overcome for the in-form Pirates.

Great win today in very hard conditions! Lads were excellent and all put in a massive shift! Happy to get MOM and a clean sheet also 👍😊🐝

— Jamie Stephens (@Jamie_stephens1) January 9, 2016
The 22-year-old stopper made several saves in the triumph for the Bees, who held out despite going down to 10 men following Andy Yiadom's dismissal.

Read more: Martin Allen hails 'tremendous' Barnet victory

Hoyte scored the game's decisive goal in just the fourth minute, lashing home after Sam Togwell's throw-in.

The full-back then performed his defensive duties more than capably to help the Bees climb to 15th in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

Defender: George Smith (Crawley Town)
Defender: Jon Ashton (Crawley Town)

Smith only arrived at Stadium hours prior to kick-off following a loan move from Barnsley, but the full-back did not take long to settle in.

The left-sided defender was calm and composed at both ends of the pitch, and was rewarded with a debut clean sheet as the Reds overcame Cambridge United 1-0.

Another Crawley defender to impress was Ashton, who was recalled to the side in place of injured Josh Yorwerth.

Despite Cambridge's good form which saw Shaun Derry earn the Sky Bet League 2 December Manager of the Month award, they couldn't find their way through past a stubborn Reds' defence.

Read more: Shaun Derry named Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month

Midfielder: Shane Ferguson (Millwall)

The left foot of Ferguson proved to be too much for Oldham Athletic to handle, with the winger the architect behind both Millwall goals in a 2-1 win at Boundary Park.

The Newcastle United winger's loan spell has since expired, although Lions' boss Neil Harris is keen to bring the Northern Ireland international back to the Den on a permanent basis.

Midfielder: James Baxendale (Mansfield Town)

Baxendale was making his first appearance for Mansfield, and it was a debut to remember for the on-loan Walsall man.

The 23-year-old shone in the 'number 10' role, and fired home the goal that proved to be the match-winner.

Midfielder: Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield)

O'Shea bagged himself a brace in Chesterfield's emphatic 7-1 win over Shrewsbury Town last week, and he added another goal to his tally this weekend.

The Spireites came away from Rochdale with a fine 3-2 victory, with O'Shea setting them on their way with the game's opening goal.

Midfielder: Michael Brown (Port Vale)
Midfielder: Byron Moore (Port Vale)

Port Vale were involved in a hard-fought battle away at Blackpool, and successfully returned from Bloomfield Road with the points.

The experienced Brown was fantastic in between the midfield and defence, preventing the Seasiders from gaining a foothold in the match.

Moore was another who impressed in the Valiants' victory, and it was his attacking play that teed up the winning goal.

The winger's cross from the right caused havoc and the ball was eventually bundled home by Ajay Leitch-Smith to seal the 1-0 win.

Forward: Jon Obika (Swindon Town)
Forward: Nicky Ajose (Swindon Town)

Swindon Town produced the Result of the Day, coming back from two goals down to defeat Southend United 4-2.

RESULT OF THE DAY: Having trailed 2-0 inside 13 mins, @Official_STFC turned it around to beat @SUFCRootsHall 4-2.

— The Football League (@football_league) January 9, 2016

The strike duo were in lethal form, netting two goals apiece for the Robins in a fantastic Sky Bet League 1 fightback.

Great comeback from the lads🔥 Looking forward to Tuesday night!🔴

— Jonathan Obika (@J_Obika) January 9, 2016
Manager: Danny Wilson (Chesterfield)

Seven goals last weekend were followed by a further three in Matchday 26, and Wilson was delighted to come through what he described as Chesterfield's 'biggest test' so far.

Read more: Danny Wilson thrilled to see Chesterfield come through 'biggest test'

Adding to O'Shea's goal were strikes from Lee Novak and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, as the Spireites defeated Rochdale 3-2 to extend their unbeaten run to three matches.

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