February drew to a close with a busy schedule of midweek matches in the EFL.We’ve selected 11 players and a manager who impressed us during the Tuesday night fixtures to make up the first selection of March
Goalkeeper: Karl Darlow (Newcastle United)
Newcastle won the battle of the Sky Bet Championship’s top two, coming from behind late on to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion.
Darlow made a number of good saves to keep his side in touch, and he was rewarded with the late comeback that saw the Magpies return to the top of the league.
Defender: Will Nightingale (AFC Wimbledon)
Nightingale was handed special praise by manager Neal Ardley as AFC Wimbledon recorded a 2-1 win at high-flying Scunthorpe United.
The 21-year-old was on fine form to nullify the threat of the free-scoring hosts, keeping the opposition in check as the Dons earned a fine three points.
Defender: Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers)
Tony Mowbray’s Ewood Park debut went according to plan, with Blackburn securing a hard-earned victory over Derby County.
Craig Conway’s penalty proved decisive, but Rovers were indebted to some inspired defending, and Mulgrew was one of those to put everything on the line in the 1-0 success.
Defender: Ryan Edwards (Morecambe)
Morecambe followed up Saturday’s win over Grimsby Town with another inspired defensive performance, although their backline was breached this time around at Portsmouth.
However, the Shrimps managed to grab a point despite Pompey having 26 shots, with Edwards making a key goal-line clearance to preserve the 1-1 scoreline.
Midfielder: Tom Pett (Stevenage)
An assist and a goal rounded off a good night for Pett, and extended Stevenage’s good run of results in Sky Bet League Two.
The winger had teed up Ben Kennedy for the opening goal in their 4-1 win over Leyton Orient, and he added the gloss with the fourth as Boro moved into the Play-Off places.
Midfielder: Louis Dodds (Shrewsbury Town)
Dodds was the Shrewsbury star in their thrilling 4-3 win over Charlton Athletic, scoring twice in the topsy-turvy encounter.
After getting the ball rolling early on, the 30-year-old also had the final say, striking home with 15 minutes to play to settle the enthralling encounter.
Midfielder: Callum Styles (Bury)
It’s three straight wins for Bury since the appointment of Lee Clark, who got off to the perfect start at Gigg Lane with a 2-1 win over rock-bottom Coventry City.
Styles was named Man of the Match in the victory, the 16-year-old again showcasing his talent with an impressive all-round display.
Midfielder: Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town)
Like Bury, Cheltenham also picked up a third straight win in midweek, picking up a 1-0 win against promotion-chasing Carlisle United.
Winchester was key in winning the midfield battle as the Robins made light of the Sky Bet League Two standings, and they got their reward with Danny Wright’s late winner.
Midfielder: Ricky Holmes (Charlton Athletic)
Despite ending up on the losing side, Holmes was in fine form against Shrewsbury Town.
The winger netted a stunning hat-trick to earn himself the EFL Star of the Night honour, although it wasn’t enough to prevent Charlton falling to a 4-3 defeat.
Forward: Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers)
It was a case of ‘Beast Mode On’ yet again for Akinfenwa, who took his season tally to 16 goals with a quickfire brace at Accrington Stanley.
The target man struck twice in three second-half minutes, but the Chairboys couldn’t hold on to their lead, drawing 2-2 at the Wham Stadium.
Forward: Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United)
Hartlepool put some distance between themselves and the bottom two with an emphatic home win against fellow strugglers Crewe Alexandra.
Alessandra hit two for Pools in the 4-0 rout, which brought an end to their six-game winless run.
Manager: Kevin Nolan (Notts County)
Nolan’s Notts County extended their unbeaten run to five games and did so in style, picking up a fantastic away win at second-placed Plymouth Argyle.
The Magpies boss rotated his line-up ahead of the game and it paid off, with his players delivering the perfect performance in their 1-0 triumph down in Devon.