L1 Team of the Week
Last Updated: 13/03/13 1:11pm
Team of the week
Declan Rudd - Preston North End
The Preston North End goalkeeper made two fine saves and kept two clean sheets as Simon Grayson's men recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in five months against Stevenage and Notts County. Rudd denied Notts County either side of the break with striker Jeff Hughes forcing a good stop just before half-time, and Yoann Arquin seeing his shot saved well to the keeper's left. Rudd's clean sheets see Preston all but ensure their safety in the division.
Mathieu Baudry - Leyton Orient
The Leyton Orient defender scored his third league goal of the season to help the O's continue their recent unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory over Shrewsbury on Saturday. Baudry has been an integral part of this run with Orient only conceding two goals in their last five games. The French defender helped keep both the Shrews and struggling Portsmouth out as his side look to make a late charge on the play-offs and secure an unlikely promotion to the Championship.
Sean O'Hanlon - Carlisle United
Carlisle centre-back O'Hanlon scored in the Cumbrians' weekend win over high-flying Brentford and put in an awesome display at the back, credited by his manager. The big defender rose highest to loop a header into the back of the net and claimed later 'it just hit a sweet spot'. He retreated soon after and was resilient at the back in keeping out three of the league's most prolific strikers in the form of Bradley Wright-Phillips, Marcello Trotta and Clayton Donaldson.
Ian Goodison - Tranmere Rovers
The 40-year-old Jamaican put in a stellar performance at the weekend to help keep out Oldham and give his Tranmere side the win. It was the first clean sheet in ten games for Rovers, who have strong hopes of a play-off place. Goodison drew special praise from his manager after he brought organisation and order to a defence that has been somewhat accident prone in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, Tranmere could not build on their win over Oldham as they were beaten by Walsall in midweek.
Carl Baker - Coventry City
The captain Baker helped inspire a Coventry comeback on Saturday as the Sky Blues battled to recover from a goal down and beat Scunthorpe 2-1 at Glanford Park. He then produced a sublime last-minute free-kick to help rescue a point at home at Colchester in an exhilarating 2-2 draw. His two goals have kept his team right in the hunt for promotion and takes him above striker Leon Clarke as club's top goal scorer, netting his 10th and 11th this week.
Simon Ferry - Swindon Town
Swindon playmaker Simon Ferry scored two goals this week as his side look to recover from the loss of Paolo Di Canio and gain promotion. Ferry gave his side the lead with only ten minutes to go against Walsall at the weekend as he capitalised on some poor goalkeeping. His second goal of the week, however, was not enough to prevent his side slipping to defeat away at Brentford. Despite this, Swindon still sit in fourth and only five points off the top of the league.
Mathias Pogba - Crewe Alexandra
Pogba's strike against Colchester got Crewe back to winning ways following a shock defeat to Portsmouth. The Guinean midfielder produced a cool finish following some good play by the Alex midfielders. Cutting in from the left to lose a defender, he fired low into the bottom corner through the legs of the defender to leave the keeper with no chance. Pogba's 10th league goal of the season helped his team to league safety this season, but they could not push on in midweek as their home clash with Sheffield United was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
James Husband - Doncaster Rovers
Husband's late strike meant that Doncaster went top of League One as Rovers beat Bournemouth at the weekend. It was his third league goal of the season and came about following persistent work from the winger. Showing good strength to out-muscle the defender, Husband worked his way to the by-line before putting a low cross in, only for it to ricochet back to him. Despite an almost impossibly tight angle he volleyed home and kept his side in the hunt for automatic promotion.
Tom Eaves - Shrewsbury Town
The on-loan Bolton man helped Shrewsbury bounce back from their weekend defeat to notch an impressive away win at MK Dons. Eaves' two quick-fire goals saw the Shrews take an early lead in what was to be a topsy-turvy game. The forward showed good strength to shrug off a defender and calmly picked his spot. His second goal was a sublime left-foot finish curling beautifully just inside the keeper's right hand post and, although MK Dons battled back, Shrewsbury eventually prevailed 3-2.
Ryan Lowe - MK Dons
Lowe's two goals couldn't prevent his side slipping to a 3-2 home defeat against Shrewsbury but were it not for a calamitous own goal his strikes would have seen them take away at least a point. His two goals midweek saw him draw his side level just after the break and his eighth and ninth goals of the season keeps him as the club's leading scorer. His second goal was taken well, as from an inswinging free-kick the striker rose well to flick home and tie up the scores.
David Connolly - Portsmouth
The Portsmouth striker helped his side to a vital 2-0 victory over Bury in what is set to be a tough last few months for Pompey. Two good strikes from the former Southampton forward gave the struggling South Coasters a valuable three-point haul. His first came after some good wing play to which he applied a firm strike from 10 yards out straight through the keeper's legs. His second saw him coolly round a defender before slotting home for his fourth goal of the season.