The72 Football League Weekend Awards 2015/16 – Week 30
As the band Muse once sang, time is running out and for Dagenham and Redbridge, their time in the Football League has come to a close.
Commiserations to them but they have a few weeks left to enjoy, as do the other 91 football clubs as we begin to move towards the end of the season.
Here are this weekend’s award winners.
FANS OF THE WEEKEND: Plymouth Argyle
Although it wasn’t exactly the longest journey of the weekend, it was great to see 2,200 Plymouth Argyle fans make the trip to Fratton Park to watch their side remain above their south coast opponents.
They did go behind after Michael Smith gave Portsmouth a first half lead but Fleetwood Town loanee Jamille Matt levelled things after the break before substitute Gregg Wylde sealed the victory four minutes from time.
It was a great turnout and a great result as both look settled in the League Two playoff places. They also look likely to be facing each other in the post-season and after this entertaining affair, it could be a match-up to savour.
GOAL OF THE WEEKEND: Robert Snodgrass – Hull City
Dimitri Payet, eat your heart out. The classy Frenchman has scored some lovely free-kicks this season but he might just have some real competition after this beauty from Robert Snodgrass.
The Scot lined up from around 25 yards out with Hull drawing at home to Wolverhamton Wanderers with the hosts needing another win. Snodgrass then set the ball just outside the post with the right amount of dip as it swerved into the very top corner, grazing the bar and nestling in the back of the net.
An absolutely wonderful goal and exactly what Hull City needed after their recent indifferent form. It could have come at the right time too, if they can now use that momentum heading into the playoffs, they could be very hard to beat.
MOMENT OF THE WEEKEND: Revell’s goalkeeping display
We all tend to fancy ourselves in goal, thinking that we will all summon the greatness of Gordon Bank but not everyone can do it.
Step up Alex Revell of MK Dons, who managed to convince his teammates that he was the ideal player to stick in between the posts and he proved that it was the right decision. He saved a late penalty that saw the Dons original goalkeeper sent off and managed to see out the rest of the game without conceding.
Admittedly, he didn’t have to make another save but hats off to the forward for stepping up. It would have been huge if his teammates could pull out the win but they didn’t and Karl Robinson’s men are still staring down at the abyss in the Championship.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Doncaster Rovers 3-1 Wigan Athletic
What a way to break a 17-game winless run and what a team to do it against. No one would have given Doncaster a chance against the league leaders but somehow, someway, they found a way to victory.
Things did not get off to the best start when Will Grigg put Wigan ahead before half time but the second half was a different story. Two headed goals from Andy Butler gave Rovers the lead and Andy Williams sealed the points from the spot after David Perkins saw red for a challenge on Gary McSheffrey in the box.
The three points give Doncaster a bit of hope heading into the final four games of the season. They are six points off safety and they do need to improve their goal difference, but Darren Ferguson’s men at least have a chance to avoid the drop to League Two.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Joe Piggott – Luton Town
Just as Oxford hoped this would be a game that saw them strengthen their bid for automatic promotion to League One, Luton were in town to be party poopers and Joe Piggott was the focal point in that display.
The Charlton loanee has been on the awards before in the past but has been criticised for recent performances for new club Luton Town. Manager Nathan Jones said he just needed a goal and that was certainly the tonic this weekend, with Piggott grabbing two in his side’s 3-2 win against Oxford United.
That delays their promotion bid but strengthens an unlikely chance at the playoffs for the Hatters. If they can put together a few results and the others keep beating themselves above them, you can never be certain that Luton can’t make a very late push for the post-season places.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Tomer Hemed – Brighton and Hove Albion
The Israeli scored his first goal in English football against Fulham and it was no surprise to see him put in another strong performance in the reverse fixture at the AMEX Stadium.
Hemed grabbed a hat-trick in his side’s 5-0 win on Friday night, providing a penalty, a header and a tap-in to Brighton’s emphatic display. He now has 16 goals in a prolific season that has helped moto the Seagulls’ unlikely push for promotion this season.
With the race for the automatic places hotting up, Brighton needed another win to keep them in touching distance with Burley and Middlesbrough. With those two facing off in midweek, it could be time for Chris Hughton’s men to swoop in and steal a spot in the Premier League for themselves.
TEAM OF THE WEEKEND: Mansfield Town
Winning against your local rivals can feel great, when you give them a 5-0 hammering, it’s all the more sweeter.
Mansfield were irresistable in their victory against Nottinghamshire neighbours Notts County, with striker Matt Green helping himself to two goals. Finishes from Reggie Lambe, Mitchell Rose and a delightful strike from Adam Chapman helped seal a great win in the early kick-off.
The Stags could still make a very late surge for the playoffs, they are only six points back but may have to move mountains to make it happen. The fans will look back on a season of what could have been but for this weekend at least, they’ll savour this terrific victory over the Magpies.