Goalkeeper: Ben Alnwick – Peterborough United
Many eyebrows were raised when fans favourite Bobby Olejnik was transfer listed at the end of last season. But replacement shot-stopper Ben Alnwick is quickly endearing himself to the Posh faithful.
His resilient and solid performance at Valley Parade in Peterborough’s 1-0 victory of Bradford City has earnt the red-headed keeper a place in the team of week. He never dropped a cross, and commanded his penalty area admirably.
Although he did not have a lot to deal with, he was always alert when called into action, and managed to keep his concentration, despite the 10 minutes of added time.
Defence: Ian Evatt – Chesterfield
A rock solid performance from the Spirerites captain has earnt him a place in the team of the week.
His no nonsense defending earnt Chesterfield an impressive point away to shock early pace setters, Fleetwood Town, and the club’s first clean sheet of the season. It is testament to Evatt that the Cod Army only managed eight shots all game, compared to Chesterterfield’s 14.
A solid backline will be essential for Chesterfield this campaign, and with Evatt being part of it, there doesn’t seem to be a problem there.
Defence: Tom Clarke – Preston North End
The 26-year-old continues to impress for Preston North End this season, and his latest performance has earnt him a place in the team of the week.
No heroics here, just a complete and massively impressive cente-back display by Clarke who helped Preston to a 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic, and their second clean sheet of the season.
Dominant in the air, and impeccable on the ground, Tom Clarke was arguably Preston’s star man, as they held onto their one goal lead through Oldham pressure.
Defence: Hayden Mullins – Notts County
The centre-back’s heroic performance helped County to an impressive 2-0 win away to Port Vale.
Manager Shaun Derry dubbed the defensive display of County as “incredible” and heaped extra praise on Mullins.
The midweek performance of the centre-back was also incredibly impressive, as County held onto a 2-1 advantage over Colchester, despite being reduced to nine men!
Midfield: Jose Baxter – Sheffield United
Two goals in two games for the 22-year-old has earnt Jose Baxter a place in the midfield of our team of the week.
Starting off on Tuesday, away to Peterborough, Baxter made this goal for himself. He exchanged a slick one-two on the edge of the Posh box, before slotting an inch perfect finish past the despairing Ben Alnwick.
On Saturday came a goal of even greater quality. In the second half of the Blades’ match-up with Crawley Town, Baxter hit a delightful curling effort, first time passed the helpless keeper, who was left rooted to the spot.
Midfield: Connor Hourihane – Barnsley
Two goals, in two games in one week make Connor Hourihane one of the league’s top performer’s this week.
The first coming in midweek away to Coventry, in what appears to have been their last game at adopted home Sixfields, and the second an absolute screamer from 30-yards in a 4-1 drubbing of Gillingham at Oakwell.
If players like Hourihane can maintain their form, The Tykes may well be looking at an instant return to the Championship.
Midfield: Yaser Kasim – Swindon Town
An outstanding Saturday afternoon display secures Swindon midfielder Yaser Kasim’s place in the team of the week.
Not a pass went astray, nor a tackle mistimed as the Iraqi midfielder steered Town towards their second win of the season.
The performance was summed up by his perfect free-kick in the 34th minute, which crashed in off the bar.
Midfield: Jermaine Anderson – Peterborough United
Cambridgeshire’s very own Yaya Toure earns his place in the team of the week after two outstanding displays.
The first, despite coming in a defeat to Sheffield United, earned the 18-year-old the Man of the Match champagne after a composed and professional performance which did not see a pass misplaced all night.
The second was a much more battling performance as he played his part in the preservation of The Posh’s one goal lead at Bradford. But, yet again, the youngster showed immense professionalism, and helped his team come away with the points.
Midfield: Matt Done – Rochdale
The 26-year-old’s midweek hat trick earns him a place in the72’s team of the week
Done was the bane of Crewe Alexandra’s lives, after their 5-2 drubbing on Tuesday night. Done scored 3/5s of the goals that night, and continued his fine form into Saturday’s meeting with Bristol City, where he was on hand to assist Ian Henderson with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Spotland.
Forward: Sam Winnall – Barnsley
The 26-year-old has taken a bit of time to adjust to life at Barnsley, but the striker’s last two performances appear to suggest that he is starting to adjust.
Two electric displays in one week have earnt the striker many Yorkshire plaudits. The former Scunthorpe man followed up an impressive display at Coventry in midweek with a first goal for the club in Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Gillingham.
If Barnsley are to be promoted this season, they will need goals, and Winnall may just be the man to provide them.
Forward: Ian Henderson – Rochdale
The striker’s two goals this week have secured him a place in the team of the week.
With departure of Scott Hogan to Brentford in the summer, there will be extra pressure on Henderson to provide Rochdale with goals this campaign, but his two well taken finishes against Crewe, and Bristol City quell the worries Dale fans may have.