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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

14 November 2016

A reduced schedule due to the international break, but there was still plenty of fine football on show in the EFL at the weekend.

Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two delivered the goods, and we have selected 11 players and a manager who excelled to make up our Team of the Week...

Goalkeeper: Luke McCormick (Plymouth Argyle)

Sky Bet League Two's runaway leaders made it seven successive away wins, but it could have been very different were it not for McCormick's heroics.

Trailing Crewe 1-0, the Plymouth goalkeeper saved George Cooper's penalty, and the Pilgrims took full advantage. They equalised moments later, and went on to win 2-1.

Defender: Conor Townsend (Scunthorpe United)

Scunthorpe ended Coventry City's undefeated home streak and mini-revival with a hard-fought 1-0 win at the Ricoh Arena.

The Iron put their bodies on the line throughout, with Townsend making a number of fine blocks to deny the Sky Blues.

📺 Fantastic defensive effort by the whole team for 90+ minutes yesterday, but that block...

— Scunthorpe United FC (@SUFCOfficial) November 13, 2016

Defender: Matthew Bates (Hartlepool United)

Making his first EFL appearance since late August, Bates reminded Pools fans what they had been missing.

Bates and his defensive colleagues kept Cheltenham Town at bay, and the centre-back marked his return from injury with the second goal in the 2-0 triumph.

Defender: Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City)

Bradford's firepower helped them to an emphatic 4-0 win over Rochdale, but the Valley Parade faithful were just as appreciative of the defensive effort.

Knight-Percival nearly got himself on the scoresheet too, but he did claim the Man of the Match honours on the club's social media.

Your Social Media Man of the Match in association with @LBIAirport from this afternoon's win against Rochdale is Nathaniel Knight-Percival!

— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) November 12, 2016

Midfielder: Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers)

Talk about super sub. Mandeville turned the game on its head when he was introduced for Doncaster against Exeter City.

He headed home an equaliser just three minutes after coming on, and then teed up striker John Marquis twice as Doncaster sealed the points late on.

Midfielder: Johnny Goddard (Swindon Town)

Swindon kicked the EFL weekend off in style, storming to a 3-0 victory over Charlton Athletic on Saturday lunchtime.

Goddard was named Sky Bet's Man of the Match, and capped off a fine display with the third goal from a blistering breakaway.

Counter-attacking football at its best! Not a bad celebration either, @johnnygoddard01...

— Swindon Town FC (@Official_STFC) November 13, 2016

Midfielder: John Fleck (Sheffield United)

Another team to impress in front of the Sky Sports cameras were Sheffield United, who made it 12 games unbeaten with a 4-1 win at Chesterfield.

Fleck was in fine form, setting up the Blades' equaliser before adding a long-range strike in the second-half turnaround.

Midfielder: Josh Sheehan (Newport County)

Sheehan produced an outstanding performance as Newport claimed a 2-0 win over Sky Bet League Two high-flyers Carlisle United.

The midfielder, on loan from Swansea City, grabbed his third goal in four games and played his part as the Exiles made it five wins from five against the Cumbrians, who were previously unbeaten in 2016/17.

Forward: Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient)

The club's top scorer from last season, Simpson had failed to find the net in 2016/17 until Orient's trip to Colchester United.

The striker scored twice – one in each half – as the O's cruised to a 3-0 win in Essex.

Forward: Nile Ranger (Southend United)

Another man to get off the mark this weekend was Ranger, who found the net for the first time in two years as Southend eased past Bury.

It took Ranger nine minutes to open his account, and he doubled his tally just past the hour mark in the 4-1 victory.

They don't want u to be R1 finessing in NETS.... But guess what.. THEY GON LEARRRNN 2DAYYYYY ⚽

— Nile ranger (@NilePowerRanger) November 13, 2016

Forward: Kyle Vassell (Blackpool)

There's been no such drought for Vassell, whose double against Notts County took him into double figures for the season.

The forward's 20th-minute goal put the Tangerines on their way, and he rounded off the rout with the fourth and final goal late on.

Manager: Graham Westley (Newport County)

Bottom of the table, against the EFL's only unbeaten team? No problem.

Graham Westley guided his Newport side to a second successive win and a third game without defeat – the 2-0 success bringing an end to Carlisle's 15-game undefeated run in the division.

RESULT OF THE DAY: Bottom of the league, facing the #EFL’s only unbeaten team…

No problem for @NewportCounty! 👏

— EFL (@EFL) November 12, 2016

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