League Two: Team of the Year
League Two opinion: A look at the team of the year, including Tom Pope, Stephen Darby & Marlon Pack
The league season is coming to a close, and many players have enjoyed fantastic seasons for their clubs. Here is my League Two team of the season, but do you agree? Leave a comment and let us know.
Goalkeeper: Scott Brown (Cheltenham)
Brown has been a brick wall in goal for Cheltenham. He has kept them in games they should have been thrashed and made vital saves to keep them ahead. Without him, Cheltenham would be struggling to fight for promotion. He is the solid base their team relies on.
Honourable mentions: Ingham (York), Krysiak (Exeter), Lewington (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Right-back: Stephen Darby (Bradford)
Darby has performed with exceptional maturity for a relative youngster. This season the 24-year-old has kept experienced attackers at bay as well as handling Premier League quality wingers with ease in Bradford's dream run to the League Cup final at Wembley. He has also provided multiple assists for team-mates and even some vital goals in their bid for promotion. A definite future star in the making.
Honourable mentions: Hird (Chesterfield), Herd (Aldershot)
Centre-back: Ryan Cresswell (Southend)
Cresswell has been a rock at the back this season for Southend. He has marshalled the defence throughout, not only in the league but also the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and kept it secure. As well as that, he provides an attacking option from set-pieces, putting the opposition defence under pressure and causing havoc in the area. He is constantly putting in outstanding performances to guarantee himself a place in the side.
Centre-back: Chris McCready (Morecambe)
McCready is the main positive this season for Morecambe. The veteran has had one of his best seasons this year and thoroughly deserves his place in this side, not only for his leadership skills, but also for the way he has hassled and harried opposition strikers. He also provides a physical presence in opposition areas.
Honourable mentions: Mullins (Oxford), Diamond (Burton), Brown (Aldershot), Purse (Port Vale)
Left-back: Femi Ilesanmi (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Ilesanmi has been Dagenham's star player this year. He has been dogged in defence and curbed his natural attacking instincts when necessary, but also has the ability to provide an attacking outlet when it is needed. He has pooped up with some vital goals but has succeeded in his main job, to defend, as well. A must in the team of the year.
Honourable mentions: Jombati (Cheltenham), Martin (Gillingham)
Right-midfield: Ben Pringle (Rotherham)
Pringle has been the leading light for Rotherham this season, consistently providing assists for the likes of Nardiello and Odejayi. He gets into positions that make it awkward for opposing defenders to mark him, leading to him creating chances for his team-mates. His main attribute however, is his work rate - he never stops chasing and always gives 110% to the cause.
Honourable mentions: Cowan-Hall (Plymouth), Myrie-Williams (Port vale)
Centre-midfield: Marlon Pack (Cheltenham)
Pack has been the star of the show at Whaddon Road this season, dictating the play and chipping in with goals and assists, as well as providing protection to the defence. At the moment, you would consider him the one irreplaceable player for the Robins.
Centre-midfield: Luke Howell (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Howell is the other driving force at Victoria Road, leading his team in most offensive moves whilst dictating the space and plan of attack. He also has the ability to bully the opposition into conceding possession with his pest-like approach, providing protection for his team's defence.
Honourable mentions: Byrne (Barnet), Morsy (Port Vale)
Left-midfield: James O'Shea (Chesterfield)
Another relative youngster, O'Shea has done exceptionally well in his debut season at Chesterfield. He has scored many valuable goals and protected his left-back as well. He has the ability to play the killer pass but also the finesse and composure to hold his nerve under pressure. Another definite star of the future.
Honourable mentions: Maghoma (Burton), Andrade (Wycombe)
Striker: Adebayo Akinfenwa (Northampton)
Akinfenwa has torn opposition defenders to threads at times this year, bullying them physically and mentally as he has led the Northampton line with incredible ability. He has scored almost every match including a hat-trick against Accrington and has also provided many chances for his team-mates to score. It is fair to say he has done his job as the lead target-man at Sixfields.
Striker: Tom Pope (Port Vale)
Pope has to be included, not only because he is the league's top scorer but also because he has led Vale with immense skill the whole season. He has scored a massive 27 league goals this season, including four against former club Rotherham and a hat-trick against Bristol Rovers. As well as that, he has created many opportunities for his colleagues this season, resulting in Port Vale being the leading scorers in the league. Pope is a necessity in the team of the year.
Honourable mentions: Wells & Hansen (Bradford), Richards (Chesterfield), Hylton (Aldershot), Assombalonga (Southend), Zola (Burton)
So that is my team of the year, but the season isn't over yet and there is still a chance for some players to stake a claim for themselves to be in the official XI, which will be announced once the season finishes.
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