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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

10 October 2016

International commitments resulted in a reduced schedule, but there were still 20 EFL fixtures taking place over the weekend.

Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two clubs still managed to produce the goods, and we've pulled together some of the star players to make our latest Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Jak Alnwick (Port Vale)

A few contenders for the goalkeeper spot as ever, but Alnwick gets the nod for a fine display, producing a string of saves and keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 win at Milton Keynes Dons.

Special mentions to Lawrence Vigouroux of Swindon Town who was finally beaten by a late own goal, and Cambridge United's Will Norris, who made it three penalty saves in two games with his weekend stop.

Defender: Niall Canavan (Rochdale)

Canavan played his part for Rochdale who continued their fine run of form with a comfortable 3-0 win over Southend United.

The centre-back's powerful header put Dale a goal up, and he made sure there was no way back as the club notched a fifth successive win and a third successive clean sheet.

Defender: Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle)

One of the nominees for September's Player of the Month, Bradley's brace for Plymouth at Stevenage will do him no harm in a bid for the October award.

He might have turned one into his own net, but a goal either side of that misfortune maintained Argyle's five-point lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

Defender: Christian Burgess (Portsmouth)

A solid defensive display from Burgess and his Portsmouth team-mates ruined Alberto Cavasin's first game in charge of Leyton Orient.

The O's failed to break through the Pompey backline, and the 25-year-old's bullet header in the second half sealed three points for the south coast side.

Midfielder: Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers)

Blair scored for Doncaster and created the dramatic late winner in the 3-2 triumph over Barnet.

The winger's fantastic late delivery was flicked home by Andy Williams, a goal which kept Rovers second in Sky Bet League Two.

Midfielder: Nicky Law (Bradford City)

Thirteen Sky Bet League One games unbeaten now for Bradford, and Law was instrumental in the 2-0 win over managerless Shrewsbury.

The midfielder put the Bantams on their way in the first half, and delivered a Man of the Match display as Stuart McCall's side moved up to second.

Midfielder: Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon)

Plenty of Dons players starred in the 3-1 win at Oxford, but Reeves gets the nod for an all-action midfield display at the Kassam Stadium.

The 23-year-old's magic created the opening for Andy Barcham to grab the third goal, and he impressed in a defensive capacity too as the U's pressed for a way back late on.

Midfielder: Jason Kennedy (Carlisle United)

Another unbeaten midfielder, Kennedy earns his place in our selection following his double against Morecambe.

A club record was broken with last week's win, but the Cumbrians are in no mood to slow down just yet judging by the emphatic 3-0 success at the Globe Arena.

Midfielder: Ryan Flynn (Oldham Athletic)

Oldham produced Saturday's Result of the Day, coming from behind to defeat Gillingham and climb off the bottom of Sky Bet League One.

Flynn impressed throughout and remained calm when the ball fell to him late on, coolly tucking away the winner.

Forward: Matt Green (Mansfield Town)

A super sub if ever there was one.

Mansfield boss Adam Murray introduced Green early in the second half. He scored with his first touch and netted a late second as the Stags defeated Nottinghamshire rivals Notts County 3-1.

Forward: Tom Nichols (Peterborough United)

No goals for Nichols this weekend, but the striker has two assists and three points to show for his tireless performance against Bury.

He played his part in a neatly-worked equaliser for Posh, and forced an own goal which put the game beyond any doubt.

Manager: Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon)

AFC Wimbledon continued their climb up the Sky Bet League One table with a 3-1 win over Oxford United in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

A superb first-half showing put the Dons three goals to the good, and helped them defeat the U's after failing in their previous 12 attempts.

The victory was also the perfect way to celebrate the four-year anniversary of Ardley's managerial reign.

Read more: AFC Wimbledon - four years of Neal Ardley

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