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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

18 January 2016

It was back to the business this weekend with a full Football League schedule taking place.

We have taken a look across all three divisions and, with assistance from fans on social media, compiled 11 of the best players and a manager to make up our latest Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Dan Bentley (Southend United)

Bentley produced penalty heroics to prevent Southend slipping to a fourth straight defeat in Sky Bet League 1.

@football_league@dan_bentley1 - clean sheet and penalty save at the leagues top scorers #safehands

— Kevin Jones (@Jones616Kevin) January 16, 2016
The stopper was on top form to deny The Football League's top goalscorers – Peterborough United – and saved the best until last, denying Chris Forrester from 12 yards in stoppage time.

Defender: Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United)

Hartlepool produced a superb rearguard display to keep out Wycombe Wanderers in Sky Bet League 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the best efforts of the Chairboys, they couldn't break through Pools' stubborn defence, which was marshalled superbly by Harrison throughout.

Defender: Aden Flint (Bristol City)

The Football League's Result of the Day saw Bristol City upset the Sky Bet Championship form table and defeat Middlesbrough 1-0, in their first game since Steve Cotterill's departure.

RESULT OF THE DAY: @bcfctweets capped a tough week by becoming the first side to score against @Boro since Nov 7th.

— The Football League (@football_league) January 16, 2016

The 26-year-old was a rock at the back for the Robins, and Boro's goal was breached for the first time since early November when Wes Burns grabbed a last-gasp winner – a goal which Flint wanted himself!

It's about time we got a late winner this season. Relieved at the end! Sorry @Bakesy23 🙄🤕 congrats @wesley__burns u thief! 😂 #bcfc

— Aden Flint (@AFlint4) January 16, 2016
Defender: Alfie Mawson (Barnsley)

Barnsley cruised to a 3-0 win over Shrewsbury Town for a third successive victory in Sky Bet League 1.

Sam Winnall impressed with a brace and goalkeeper Adam Davies denied the Shrews from the spot, but Mawson excelled at the back and capped off his display with a goal to secure his place in our selection.

Midfielder: Craig Noone (Cardiff City)

Noone hit two fine goals and created another as Cardiff racked up an impressive win away at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The winger has scored a few stunners this season, and is yet to decide where the latest efforts rank in his personal Goal of the Season contest...

Read more: 'The best 90 minutes of our season' – Craig Noone

Midfielder: Joey Barton (Burnley)

The weekend's Football League action was kicked off in style by Burnley on Friday night, as they raced into a three-goal lead at Brentford.

@football_league@HullCity Joey Barton.#class

— lance heaton (@heaton74) January 16, 2016
Barton produced a typical all-action display at the heart of the midfield, and his stunning free-kick was just reward for his efforts.

Midfielder: Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle)

McHugh impressed for the leaders of Sky Bet League 2, scoring one and setting one up as Plymouth defeated Stevenage 3-2.

The versatility man headed the Pilgrims in front and teed up Craig Tanner for the goal that kept them at the top of the table.

Midfielder: Brad Potts (Blackpool)

Blackpool emphatically defeated Scunthorpe United at the weekend, with Potts at the double for the Seasiders.

The 21-year-old netted both his goals in the first half, and put through Danny Philliskirk late on to round off the 5-0 rout.

Read more: Neil McDonald delighted as Blackpool hit Scunthorpe for five

Midfielder: Anthony Forde (Walsall)

Walsall climbed to second in the Sky Bet League 1 table, courtesy of a 3-2 win on a snowy afternoon in Bury.

Forde provided Tom Bradshaw for the second goal and cut in to score the third himself as the Saddlers raced into a 3-0 lead, and they held on to take the points.

Forward: Abel Hernandez (Hull City)

Hernandez was the first name down for this Team of the Week after he fired home a hat-trick in Hull's 6-0 demolition of Charlton Athletic.

TEAM OF THE WEEK: @HullCity’s Abel Hernandez is a shoe-in after his first-half hat-trick. Who else should be in?

— The Football League (@football_league) January 16, 2016
The Uruguayan netted all his goals in the first half as the Tigers romped to victory – one which extended the gap between themselves and third-placed Derby County in the race for automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

Forward: Lee Gregory (Millwall)

Gregory starred as Millwall bounced back from a midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to beat Port Vale in Sky Bet League 1.

The 27-year-old scored two and was heavily involved in the third as the Lions picked up the points on Sunday afternoon.

Manager: Jamie Fullarton (Notts County)

A number of contenders this week, but new Magpies boss Fullarton gets the nod following his successful dugout debut. The Scot guided his side to a 1-0 success at Crawley Town, who had won seven of their last eight home fixtures prior to Saturday.

Specials mentions to John Pemberton – overseeing Bristol City's win over Middlesbrough – and Warren Feeney, who led Newport County to a vital victory at York City after only taking the reins on Friday.

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