Goalkeeper: Lewis Price – Crawley Town
On the face of it, Price’s inclusion may be somewhat controversial what with Crawley loosing to Bristol City at Ashton Gate. But it was the fans of Bristol City who recommended Price to me.
They said that the scoreline would have been far worse if it weren’t for him. Through the 90 minutes, he faced 19 shots with only Luke Ayling’s 87th minute strike finding its way past him.
Defence: Reda Johnson – Coventry City
A goal and a domineering display by the man-mountain earns him a spot in this week’s Team of the Week.
Johnson gave the Sky Blues the lead just before the hour mark, heading home a Mathew Pennington cross. The goal came against the run of play, meaning the 25-year-old had to stay alert to the Port Vale attacking threat as they piled on the pressure in the dying minutes.
But Johnson remained vigilant, and battled his way to the end of the game, meaning Coventry kept only their sixth clean sheet of the season.
Defence: Luke Ayling – Bristol City
A winning strike that maintains The Robins’ place at the summit of the League One table earns Ayling a spot in the Team of the Week.
Ayling had spent 87 minutes of the match keeping out a plucky Crawley Town side, who sit just above the relegation zone, before he fizzed a volley past Lewis Price from a tight angle with three minutes remaining.
Crawley had no reply, and the 23-year-old helped ensure City kept their 4th clean sheet in their last four games in all competitions.
Defence: Scott Wiseman – Preston North End
A solid defensive performance, and an important goal in a crucial top of the table clash earns the Gibraltar man a place in this weeks XI.
The only blotch on his performance arrived just before half-time as Carl Baker gave the visiting MK Dons the lead at Deepdale. But this wasn’t going to effect Wiseman for long.
On the 68th minute the 29-year-old burst into the Dons area and fired expertly into the top corner to earn the Lilywhites a vital point.
Midfield: Billy Clarke – Bradford City
A stunning goal for the birthday boy earnt Bradford their second league win on the bounce.
The 27-year-old smashed home the winner just before the hour mark, powering home into the Chesterfield top-corner from over 20 yards out.
Clarke continued to terrorise the Spireites defence as the home side failed to threaten having been reduced to ten men.
Midfield: Simon Gillett – Yeovil Town
Gillett was the man at the heart of all good as Gary Johnson’s Yeovil tore apart his son’s team, Oldham Athletic.
A battling, and clinical performance helped the Glovers on their way to a 4-0 win away at Boundary Park. Gillett made it 2-0 to Johnson’s side just before the half-hour mark, as he lashed a right-footed shot past Paddy Kenny following a Jordan Clarke assist.
The 29-year-old continued to exert himself despite his side being 3-0 up at the break.
Midfield: Ben Gladwin – Swindon Town
Two assists from the 22-year-old has earnt the Swindon midfielder a slot in this week’s XI.
Gladwin’s first was a cross of supreme quality, as he set-up the red-hot Andy Williams to net his second of the match. He turned provider once again on the hour mark as his pass set up Massimo Luongo to slot home for three.
Midfield: Erhun Oztumer – Peterborough United
A refreshing sight for Posh fans, a player in a Team of the Week after a torrid couple of months.
But the Turks sublime free-kick winner at the start of the second earned Peterborough their first league win for two months. Dubbed the ‘Turkish Messi’, Oztumer showed how he acquired such a nickname as he drifted past defenders with ease.
Signed from Dulwich Hamlet in the summer; could Oztumer become Posh’s next big non-league find?
Forward: Jordan Cook – Walsall
Two goals and an assist for the Walsall front earns him a place in the Team of the Week, and Walsall their second win in three league games.
His first came on the half-hour mark as he finished brilliantly into the top-corner from outside the box. He then turned provider four minutes later as he squared for Tom Bradshaw to finish and put Walsall ahead.
Cook rounded off the match in the 90th minute as he slotted home from a Mathieu Manset corner.
Forward: Andy Williams – Swindon Town
Williams made it three goals in three games as Swindon dispatched Notts County with ease in a 3-0 win.
The 28-year-old got the first of two goals within five minutes as he slotted home a Massimo Luongo cut-back to give The Robins the lead.
Williams netted his eleventh of the season in the 53rd minute as he finished high into the roof of the net following a Ben Gladwin assist.
Forward: Luke Norris – Gillingham
A brace from the 21-year-old gave the Gills their first away win of the season, and earnt Norris a spot in this Team of the Week.
His first came five minutes into the second half as he cooly converted Michael Doughty’s cross from close range to the bottom left corner.
The former Brentford man grabbed his brace with a brilliant strike on the 77th minute as he smashed the ball into the top right corner from 20-yards.
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