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Sky Bet EFL: Team of Midweek

23 November 2016

There was a heavy dose of Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two action on Tuesday night.

From 22 fixtures, we've selected 11 stand-out players and a manager to make up the EFL Team of Midweek...

Goalkeeper: Ben Alnwick (Bolton Wanderers)

Bolton were dominant in the first half of their midweek win against Coventry City, with the visiting goalkeeper Lee Burge in fine form.

But the Sky Blues responded strongly after the break and Alnwick made a number of key saves, preserving a second straight clean sheet for the high-flying Trotters.

Defender: Bira Dembele (Barnet)

Plymouth Argyle were looking to bounce back from their weekend home loss, but were thwarted by Barnet, who ran out 2-0 winners at Home Park.

Dembele set the Bees on their way with the opening goal, before defending stoutly throughout to nullify the Pilgrims' threat.

Defender: Tom Eastman (Colchester United)

An emphatic triumph and a clean sheet was just what the doctor ordered for Colchester, who had failed to pick up three points in any of their 10 previous outings.

That all changed at Cheltenham, where three second-half goals earned them victory, and Eastman's header capped off the result.

Defender: Curtis Nelson (Oxford United)

Oxford made it back-to-back wins with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Gillingham.

An impressive defensive display laid the foundations, with Nelson clearing a header off the line and remaining focussed despite the heavy fog at the Kassam Stadium.

OUFC 1-0 GFC: 70'> So, who wants to tell Stuart Nelson that we won't be getting any pictures of him this half?

— Gillingham FC (@TheGillsFC) November 22, 2016

Defender: Ollie Turton (Crewe Alexandra)

Rampaging down the right-hand side, Turton was a constant menace as Crewe fought back from behind to defeat Morecambe.

The full-back's attacking threat paid off when James Jones converted from his ball in, handing the Alex a 2-1 win and ending a run of five successive home defeats.

Midfielder: Adam Chicksen (Charlton Athletic)

The EFL's Result of the Night went to managerless Charlton, who romped to a 5-1 victory at Bristol Rovers.

Chicksen gets the nod in our selection, registering a goal and an assist in his first league start for the Addicks.


— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) November 22, 2016

Midfielder: Michael Doyle (Portsmouth)

Portsmouth leapfrogged their opponents Luton Town into fourth place in Sky Bet League Two following an impressive performance away from home.

Doyle excelled in the midfield engine room as Pompey won 3-1, bringing an end to the Hatters' nine-game unbeaten streak.

WATCH: The goals are available on our official YouTube channel

— Portsmouth FC (@officialpompey) November 23, 2016

Midfielder: Josh Cullen (Bradford City)

Bradford produced a dominant home display against Northampton, despite the narrow margin of victory at Valley Parade.

Cullen earned the Man of the Match honour in the 1-0 win, pulling the strings in midfield for the fourth-placed Bantams.

Vote for your Man of the Match in association with @LBIAirport from this evening's win against Northampton Town. #BCAFC

— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) November 22, 2016

Midfielder: Liam McAlinden (Exeter City)

Exeter were propping up the EFL at the beginning of the evening, but a 1-0 win at Leyton Orient ensured their stay at the bottom was brief.

The architect of Orient's downfall was the lively McAlinden, who played a big part in Ollie Watkins' goal, could have scored himself, and whose dangerous deliveries from out wide should have resulted in a more comfortable scoreline.

Forward: David Ball (Fleetwood Town)

Fleetwood maintained their scoring streak, and notched a fourth successive Sky Bet League One home win, with a 3-0 triumph over struggling Shrewsbury Town.

Ball was the star performer, grabbing two goals in the win – his 42nd and 43rd strikes for the Cod Army. A special mention to Amari'i Bell, who teed up both efforts.

Forward: Steven Davies (Rochdale)

Although only introduced as a second-half sub, Davies has to take his place in our latest selection.

The front man was unfortunate to miss out last time after two weekend goals, but he bagged another brace as Rochdale recorded a second straight 4-0 win at Spotland.

Manager: Danny Wilson (Chesterfield)

Sitting bottom of Sky Bet League One, without a win on the road and up against an MK Dons side winless at home since March, Wilson made an inspired 71st-minute substitution.

Although Chesterfield briefly trailed following the introductions of Dan Gardner and Kristian Dennis, the changes soon paid off.

Six minutes later, Dennis grabbed an equaliser, and then Gardner popped up just moments later to turn the game on its head and lift the Spireites off the foot of the table.

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