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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

25 January 2016

Another entertaining weekend of Football League action is over, meaning it's time for our Team of the Week.

There were a number of notable performances on Matchday 28 but, with help from the fans on social media, we've managed to narrow it down to 11 players and one manager. So without further ado...

Goalkeeper: Ian Lawlor (Bury)

Lawlor produced a superb display as Bury made the short journey back from Oldham Athletic with all three points.

The stopper, on loan from Manchester City, pulled off a string of saves as the Shakers recorded a 1-0 victory at their Greater Manchester rivals.

Defender: Stephen Hendrie (Southend United)

The West Ham United loanee excelled for Southend, causing havoc down the left-hand side in the Shrimpers' 3-0 win over Coventry City.

What a Result from the boys great 3 points happy to get 2 assists gutted about not been on scoresheet tho😐😂 Fans were Class #playoffpush 💙👏

— Stephen Hendrie (@HendrieStephen) January 23, 2016
Hendrie assisted Jack Payne and Tyrone Barnett – who scored twice – in the success, made even more impressive by the fact they spent around 40 minutes with 10 men.

Defender: Jake Wright (Oxford United)

In a tussle towards the top of Sky Bet League 2, Oxford came out on top with a 1-0 triumph at Fratton Park against Portsmouth.

@football_league@SkyBetLeague2@OUFCOfficial jake wright oufc skipper. Kept pompey out great game by the cb #oufc

— Ash Watson (@Ash88watson) January 23, 2016
Wright was a rock at the heart of the defence, and it was his ball that put Jordan Bowery away to settle matters on the south coast.

Defender: Moses Odubajo (Hull City)

The highest-scoring teams from all three Football League divisions locked horns at the weekend, and only one of the six managed a clean sheet.

That was Hull, and Odubajo was instrumental at both ends in the 1-0 win over Fulham. A superb last-ditch challenge denied the Cottagers a goalscoring opportunity, and then the right-back won the penalty which settled the game.

Midfielder: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Knockaert was the architect as Brighton halted Huddersfield's five-match unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Frenchman was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet when he struck the woodwork, but he teed up Bobby Zamora and James Wilson as the Seagulls climbed back up to third in the table.

Midfielder: Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest)

Nottingham Forest's unbeaten run stretched to 12 games as Dougie Freedman's men recorded a fine 1-0 win at high-flying Middlesbrough.

Great win today #blessed

— Michael mancienne (@Mance888) January 23, 2016
Sitting in front of the defence, Mancienne didn't give Boro's creative players an inch all game, with Jamie Ward's strike proving decisive at the Riverside.

Midfielder: Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town)

A goal and an assist from Ruddock in a 2-0 win at Mansfield Town gave Nathan Jones a first victory since taking charge at Luton Town.

Ruddock set up Paddy McCourt for the game's opening goal, and the roles were reversed later in the afternoon when the 22-year-old brilliantly turned and struck home from McCourt's cross.

Midfielder: Richie Wellens (Shrewsbury Town)

Another defensive midfielder making the selection is Wellens, who helped to stem the flow after the Shrews had conceded 10 goals in their past two Sky Bet League 1 outings.

Making his first start for the club, Wellens was in fine form against table-topping Burton Albion, as Micky Mellon's men picked up a superb 2-1 success at the Pirelli Stadium.

Midfielder: Will Buckley (Birmingham City)

It was a debut to remember for Buckley, who scored one goal and was involved in another as Birmingham secured a second successive 3-0 Sky Bet Championship triumph.

The winger reacted quickest to a rebound, setting the Blues on their way against Ipswich Town, and his persistence in the second half led to Maikel Kieftenbeld putting the icing on the cake.

Forward: Sam Winnall (Barnsley)

Winnall got a special mention last time around, but didn't make our Team of the Week despite his two-goal haul against Shrewsbury Town.

Finding words to describe my feeling about today is really difficult. The perfect hattrick to end a perfect week. #Speechless#RightLeftHead

— Sam Winnall (@Winnall19) January 23, 2016
The Tykes' number nine made sure this time, netting a perfect hat-trick in the weekend's Result of the Day – a 6-1 rout of Rochdale.

Forward: Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United)

Scunthorpe heaped further misery on Colchester United with a 3-0 win at Glanford Park, with Madden helping himself to a brace.

The Iron had to wait an hour to break down the U's, but the striker scored two in six minutes after Tom Hopper had broken the deadlock.

Manager: Kevin Nolan (Leyton Orient)

Only appointed at Brisbane Road on Thursday, Kevin Nolan made an immediate impact by guiding Leyton Orient to victory at Wycombe Wanderers.

Goals from Jay Simpson and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin secured Nolan three points on his managerial debut, taking the O's to the brink of the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off places.

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