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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

21 March 2016

Late inclusions, second debuts, and derby-day winners – they're all here in our latest Team of the Week.

With assistance from the fans on social media, we've picked 11 stand-out performers and a manager to make up our latest selection.

Goalkeeper: Jonathan Mitchell (Luton Town)

Special mentions to a number of penalty-saving goalkeepers over the weekend, but Mitchell gets the nod for a clean sheet and a string of fine saves in Luton's win over Plymouth Argyle.

The stopper, on loan from Derby County, frustrated the Pilgrims – notably Graham Carey and Gregg Wylde – as the Hatters ran out 1-0 victors at Home Park.

Defender: Marcus Olsson (Derby County)

A fine defensive display from Olsson and his Derby colleagues helped keep Nottingham Forest at bay throughout Saturday's lunchtime clash at the iPro Stadium.

@football_league Got to be Marcus Olsson at Left back..incredible performance and derby day winner! #dcfc#dcfcfans

— RichORam92 (@RichODCFC) March 19, 2016
And then, with the game goalless in the 79th minute, the Swedish full-back burst into the box to coolly slot home, giving the Rams bragging rights in the East Midlands.

Defender: Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers)

After having Grant Hanley sent off early in the second half, it was very much a backs-to-the-walls job for Rovers away at Brentford.

What a shift from the lads that was top drawer, clean sheet away win and a goal happy days 😀😀 @OneRovers

— Shane Duffy (@ShaneDuffy34) March 19, 2016
A stubborn defensive display kept the visitors in it though, and then Duffy appeared at the other end to fire the winner with four minutes remaining.

Defender: Matt Preston (Walsall)

Walsall earned a third straight triumph under Jon Whitney, making a dramatic late comeback to overcome Colchester United.

Preston, who came on early in the first half due to an injury, set up Tom Bradshaw to equalise in the 89th minute, and then secured three points by scoring himself deep into stoppage time.

Midfielder: Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United)

Oxford further cemented their place in Sky Bet League 2's automatic promotion spots with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Barnet.

O'Dowda put the U's firmly on their way with a brace at The Hive, before Danny Hylton put the gloss on the scoreline late on.

Midfielder: Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers)

Clarke was a late addition to the Bristol Rovers starting line-up following an injury to Lee Mansell in the warm-up, but his selection was justified in the 4-1 win at Newport County.

The 23-year-old pulled his side level after going behind early on, and produced a fine display in the middle as the Pirates moved into Sky Bet League 2's top three.

Midfielder: Lee Tomlin (Bristol City)

It's hard to leave any Bristol City player out after their emphatic 6-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Another goal another win another man of the match great day 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

— Lee Tomlin (@Leetomlin10) March 19, 2016
A complete display from the Robins pulled them further clear of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone, and Tomlin was just one of the six different scorers in the rout.

Midfielder: Chris Taylor (Millwall)

Taylor returned to Millwall last week on loan from Blackburn Rovers, and had an immediate impact in the Lions' 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

@football_league Chris Taylor should be in for an outstanding 2nd debut

— Lucas Millwall Ging (@MillwallLucas99) March 19, 2016
The 29-year-old, who was at the Den for the 2012/13 season, scored the winner after just two minutes to keep up Millwall's Sky Bet League 1 promotion charge.

Forward: Lucas Akins (Burton Albion)

Port Vale's phenomenal home record didn't concern Sky Bet League 1 leaders Burton Albion, who were 4-0 winners at Vale Park.

Akins opened the scoring for the Brewers, and set up Calum Butcher to make it four for Nigel Clough's title-chasers.

Forward: Ben Williamson (Cambridge United)

Yeovil Town had kept five consecutive clean sheets until they ran into Williamson on Saturday afternoon.

The Cambridge man took just four minutes to end the Glovers' fine defensive record, and he doubled his tally on the stroke of half-time as the U's went on to record a 3-0 success.

Forward: Sullay Kaikai (Shrewsbury Town)

Kaikai netted twice for Shrewsbury as they earned another point towards Sky Bet League 1 survival.

Delighted to get a brace, good point away from home #9 Thanks be to God ⚽️

— Sullay Kaikai (@SullayKaikai) March 19, 2016
The on-loan Crystal Palace man's goals helped secure a point away at Bury, which extended the club's unbeaten run to eight games and leaves them eight points clear of the bottom four.

Manager: David Wagner (Huddersfield Town)

Wagner tasted success in the West Yorkshire derby for the first time, guiding his Huddersfield side to a memorable defeat of rivals Leeds United.

@football_league you have to do subs this week too

— HTAFC Opinions (@HTAFCOpinions) March 19, 2016
The Terriers fought back from a goal down to ease to victory, with second-half substitutes Harry Bunn and Karim Matmour among the goalscorers in the 4-1 away success.

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