Team of the week
Marek Stech - Yeovil
The Yeovil goalkeeper was in imperious form in the 1-0 victory against a dogged Crewe side, producing a string of fine saves from Bryan Moore, Max Clayton and Matt Tootle, all in the first half. Injuries to key defenders in the second half meant that the home side had to make-do with a makeshift backline, but Stech continued to frustrate Alex with his form to help the Glovers secure a vital three points, which cemented their position in the play-offs, and keeps them in with a chance of snatching a third place finish.
Shaun Cooper - Portsmouth
The 29-year-old defender, who is on a season-long loan from Crawley, set the scoring under way in the 3-0 victory over Sheffield United at Fratton Park, putting the home side into the lead, looping a well-placed header over a stranded George Long in the Blades goal. Cooper, back at Portsmouth for a second spell with the club, coped well against an experienced line-up, helping to restrict the promotion-chasing visitors to only a handful of half chances on an emotionally charged afternoon on the south coast.
Dean Leacock - Notts County
Notts County, with not a great deal to play for and sitting comfortably in mid-table ahead of their visit to Doncaster, were expected to be soundly beaten by second-placed Rovers, who would have sealed a return to the Championship with victory on Saturday. But thanks to a solid display from Dean Leacock and his fellow defenders, the Magpies frustrated the home side all afternoon, and were able to snatch a surprise three points thanks to Joss Labadie's stunning strike in the first half.
Efe Sodje - Bury
The veteran defender rolled back the years to net a late equaliser against Walsall that rescued a point for already-relegated Bury, who only sit second bottom due to Portsmouth's 10-point deduction for financial problems. Sodje used all of his 40 years of experience to keep play-off chasing Walsall at bay, and give the beleaguered Shakers something to smile about after a tumultuous couple of months has left them facing an uncertain future, summed up by the fact they were only able to field two substitutes at the Banks's Stadium.
Aden Flint - Swindon
Having not scored a goal all season, you would not have thought Flint would be coming away with a brace which helped his Swindon side move one step closer to securing a play-off spot with a 3-0 success over Stevenage. Last week's comprehensive victory at Crewe ended a dismal run of five games without a win for the Robins, and with Flint's well-taken strikes, one in either half, they have now found form at the right time. Flint even admitted that he was slightly disappointed with just the two goals, as he feels he could have had a hat-trick.
Joss Labadie - Notts County
The second Notts County player to make this week's team after their 1-0 victory away to Doncaster , but for very different reasons to the solid display of Dean Leacock. Teed up by Alan Judge, Labadie fired an unstoppable shot past veteran Doncaster goalkeeper Neil Sullivan to net the Magpies a shock success. The young midfielder has found first-team football hard to come by this season, but with efforts like this, he will certainly be in contention for the season finale on Saturday against Coventry at Meadow Lane.
Jeffrey Monakana - Preston
In his debut season as a professional footballer, Monakana has established himself as a key player in the first-team fold at Preston, making 22 starts for the club. Not bad for a 19-year-old who was an Arsenal trainee a year ago. His second goal in as many games in the 1-0 victory over Tranmere was well taken, smashing the ball into the roof of the net after Will Hayhurst's shot was cleared off the line. His pace and trickery were a constant threat to former table-toppers Tranmere all afternoon at Deepdale and he looks sure to have a bright future in the game.
Dean Cox - Leyton Orient
What was an excellent 1-0 victory against a determined Coventry side turned sour when news of other results not going Leyton Orient's way meant that they will miss out on a place in the play-off after next week's final round of matches. However, Dean Cox did his utmost to put his team in with a shout of being able to make a last-ditch assault for that coveted sixth spot, scoring the only goal, controlling a bobbling pass well, and drilling a low shot past Joe Murphy after good work from Kevin Lisbie.
Jed Wallace - Portsmouth
The youngster continued his fine form by having a big say in all three Portsmouth goals in their impressive 3-0 victory over Sheffield United. With Shaun Cooper excelling at the back, the inexperienced Wallace linked up well with Patrick Agyemang to help provide the opening two goals, and then managed to get on the score-sheet himself, adding a well-taken third under pressure, all in the space of 11 first-half minutes to add to the buzz around Fratton Park following their recent takeover.
Brett Pitman - Bournemouth
What a run Brett Pitman is on. His goal in the 3-1 victory over Carlisle on an emotional day at Dean Court was his eighth consecutive strike, and put the gloss on a perfect day for the promoted Cherries. He left it late, but his 19th goal of the season in the second minute of stoppage time, was fully deserved, as he was at the heart of everything for Eddie Howe's side, and has played a pivotal role in their recent fine run of results which has seen the Cherries net a place in the Championship next season.
Matt Smith - Oldham
The giant striker shot to fame earlier in the season, netting against Liverpool in the FA Cup to help Oldham complete a famous scalp, but his brilliantly taken goal on Saturday against Crawley was arguably more crucial as it helped the Latics secure survival with a game to spare. After a scrappy first half, Smith made room for himself, beating two defenders, and rifled an unstoppable low left-footed strike from outside the box to set his side on their way to a priceless 2-1 victory.