League Two Top Men: Pope leads selection


Here’s our selection of the best players on show in the fourth tier in the festive fixtures.

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League Two Top Men: Stack; Goodall, Bennett, Langmead, Mullins, Thompson, Leven, Whelpdale, Pope, Constable, Nardiello.

Graham Stack – Barnet

Stack was in inspirational form between the sticks as he made a string of fine saves to help Barnet to only their second away win of the season against table-toppers Gillingham. He was also in good form against Exeter, but could not stop Craig Reid’s second-half penalty in the home defeat to Aldershot.

Alan Goodall – Fleetwood

The Cod Army produced an impressive two wins and a draw over the Christmas period and one of their most reliable players Goodall was on target with a header in a 2-0 win at promotion chasing Port Vale.

Scot Bennett – Exeter

The defender produced a solid display at the back and scored to help the Grecians to a point in Edgar Davids’s first game in sole charge of Barnet. He was also commanding in the victory away to Wycombe.

Kevin Langmead – Northampton

Two of the three Cobblers games over the festive period were postponed due to the inclement weather, but they did return on New Year’s Day with a home win against Dagenham and the striker turned central defender was not only solid at the back, but deadly up front as he added the icing on the cake in a 3-1 win.

Johnny Mullins – Rotherham

The versatile defender is back in the side and impressing following a loan spell at Oxford. He has held down the right-back position and started all three games over a busy period for the Millers.

Garry Thompson – Bradford City

The 32-year-old midfielder has suddenly hit form in front of goal after his goal against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup by netting his first league goal for the club in the 2-1 win at home to Accrington Stanley on Boxing Day.

Peter Leven – Oxford

Leven scored the only goal from the penalty spot against promotion-chasing Cheltenham in an impressive display to help his side to within five points of the play-off places.

Chris Whelpdale – Gillingham

The midfield hard man scored arguably the most important goal of the festive period as his fifth goal of the season helped the Gills beat Southend and return to the top of the table on New Year’s Day.

Tom Pope – Port Vale

Port Vale relinquished top spot in the table to Gillingham after a busy period, but Pope is still scoring goals for fun. He netted against his old club Rotherham in a 2-1 win before scoring again, a few days later in the thrilling 3-2 victory at Dagenham & Redbridge to take his tally to 21 for the campaign.

James Constable – Oxford

Constable scored twice to help the Us to an impressive victory at play-off hopefuls Exeter as they won all three games over the festive period to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.

Daniel Nardiello – Rotherham

The experienced English-born Welsh footballer came off the bench to score a brace for his 12th and 13th goals of the season in Rotherham’s comprehensive 4-1 win over Accrington.