FL Team of the Week
Skysports.com selects the best of the bunch from the latest round of Football League fixtures.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 03/04/12 3:49pm
Team of the week
Matt Gilks - Blackpool
Blackpool moved back into the Championship's play-off positions on Saturday courtesy of a 3-0 success over leaders Southampton. It might have been a completely different outcome had Gilks not saved Billy Sharp's penalty early on when the game was scoreless. On-loan Stephen Dobbie bagged a double for the Seasiders while Nigel Adkins' side's lead at the top has been cut to two points by Reading.
Matt Fish - Gillingham
The Gills won for the first time in four games thanks in part to right-back Fish's goal in a 2-0 win over Macclesfield. The defender was allowed to ghost forward and when he was picked out by Lewis Montrose he found himself in all sorts of time and space to slot home past Richard O'Donnell for his first senior goal.
Efe Sodje - Bury
The Shakers ended their unwanted run of 13 games without success by recording a 2-0 triumph over Tranmere at Gigg Lane. The 39-year-old, yes 39-year-old defender opened the scoring with a deft header in the 67th minute. Rovers had been in fine form with the defeat ending their six-game unbeaten run which started after their loss to Chesterfield on March 3rd.
Ryan Cresswell - Rotherham
Rotherham maintained their outside hopes of a play-off spot in League Two by seeing off rock-bottom Hereford United. Cresswell was impressive at the back for the South Yorkshire club as they kept a clean sheet at Don Valley Stadium.
Alan Sheehan - Notts County
Left-back Sheehan's low drive boosted the club's play-off hopes with a 1-0 win over Oldham. The 25-year-old former Swindon defender helped keep a clean sheet at the other end, but it was in attack that he did his damage. The Latics looked primed to take a point from their trip to the East Midlands before Sheehan drilled home past Dean Bouzanis from the edge of Oldham's penalty area.
Radoslaw Majewski - Nottingham Forest
Forest's winger ran riot at Selhurst Park over the weekend as his second-half hat-trick sealed a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. The Poland international drilled home his first with a lovely left-footed shot into top right-hand corner of Julian Speroni's net. He then curled home a delightful second on 72 minutes before wrapping up a superb individual display with a neat left-footed finish to go home with the match ball.
Jonathan Douglas - Brentford
The Bees inflicted a second successive home defeat on play-off chasing Milton Keynes Dons thanks to a 2-1 victory. The former Leeds and Blackburn midfielder scored what proved to be the match-winning goal in the 26th minute with a crisp first-time finish from the edge of the penalty area that gave David Martin no chance of a save.
Michael Spillane - Dagenham & Redbridge
Dagenham & Redbridge moved away from the League Two trapdoor over the weekend after getting the better of troubled Port Vale away from home. Midfielder Michael Spillane netted the only goal of the game to help his team-mates open up a five-point gap on second-from-bottom Macclesfield Town.
Danny Stevens - Torquay
The left-winger settled the destination of the points on Friday evening as his goal secured a 1-0 win at Barnet. He scored four minutes into the second half to sink the Bees. The three-point haul helped the League Two high-flyers open up a three-point gap on Crawley Town.
Chris Iwelumo - Watford
The form guide went out the window at Elland Road on Saturday as the Watford striker was back among the goals with a double in a 2-0 win over Leeds. The former Burnley hit-man had scored just once in his previous 49 games. He opened the scoring with a neat finish after excellent work by Troy Deeney. Iwelumo wrapped up the points with a close-range finish after Deeney's initial shot was parried by Andy Lonergan.
Charlie Austin - Burnley
It was a day for hat-tricks in the Championship as the Burnley striker emerged off the bench to plunder a late treble in the club's emphatic 5-1 success over relegation-threatened Portsmouth. Pompey were already trailing 2-1 when Austin scored his first with a close-range effort before adding his second having capitalised on a mistake by Jason Pearce. Austin slotted home his third after being picked out by Josh McQuoid.