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Tuesday 20th October 2015

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week in a 3-4-3 formation, with Kilmarnock striker Josh Magennis the star man.

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week in a 3-4-3 formation, with Kilmarnock striker Josh Magennis the star man.

Goalkeeper - Tomas Cerny (Partick Thistle)
Thistle have enjoyed something of a resurrection in recent weeks and followed up their first victory of the campaign with a very impressive 2-1 victory at St Johnstone. A couple of pearlers put them into a 2-0 lead, but when the hosts cranked up the pressure it was down to the defence and goalkeeper to consolidate the victory. Cerny produced a few key stops, including an excellent push round the post of a Liam Craig drive.

Central defender - Andrew Davies (Ross County)
The former Bradford City centre-back has been a revelation in the Highlands and he turned in another outstanding display in County's 2-0 victory over (previous) league leaders Aberdeen on Friday night. The defender has a real contrasting mix of talents - dominant in the air but also cool, calm and collected when in possession and capable of driving his team up the park.

Central defender - Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers)
Raith remained second in the Ladbrokes Championship table with their fifth consecutive league victory as Alloa Athletic become the latest side to be beaten by Ray McKinnon's battlers. Rovers don't hammer a lot of teams - they just have a real knack of grinding out victories and earning the three points, even when they are not at their best. This is achieved thanks to a watertight defensive pairing of Lewis Toshney and Kyle Benedictus, both of whom have become firm fans’ favourites. Toshney missed the second half of Saturday's 1-0 win through injury, but Benedictus more than made up for it with another towering performance.

Central defender - Ross Forsyth (Stirling Albion)
With captain Ross McMillan absent due to a back injury, the responsibility of filling his role of leader on the park went to the experienced Forsyth. Some thought the 32-year-old might not feature regularly this campaign, but he has played in the majority of games - if he continues to put in displays like the one shown in a very impressive 1-0 win at the pre-season favourites then it will be difficult to leave him out. Stirling will be hoping Saturday's victory kick-starts their season.

Right central midfielder - Stewart Murdoch (Ross County)
With the Aussie Yaya Toure (Jackson Irvine) tasked with a more defensive role against the high-powered Aberdeen attack, the responsibility of driving front to back, linking the midfield and attack, fell on the shoulders of his central midfield partner. Murdoch, like every man in a County shirt, showed real tenacity and was a constant thorn in the side of Derek McInnes' team all night.

Attacking midfielder - Jason Holt (Rangers)
The diminutive midfielder put in an energetic display and played a crucial role in preserving the 100% league record under Mark Warburton. He produced an intelligent run and finish to draw the hosts level at 1-1 against Queen of the South, and his constant moving of the play enabled Rangers to keep the tempo up as they sought the winning goal, which arrived deep into stoppage time via the head of Martyn Waghorn.

Left central midfielder - Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian)
After a shaky opening 15 minutes, Fyvie would become an integral part of Hibernian's 4-2 win over Dumbarton on Saturday. The midfielder was at the heart of everything Hibs did well in attack, including a sublime pass which led to the home side receiving a 43rd-minute penalty, duly converted by Jason Cummings. Fyvie has been hampered by injury and tough competition for places at Easter Road. This showing will do his confidence a world of good.

Defensive midfielder - Gary Fisher (Albion Rovers)
Rovers, favourites for relegation when the season began, are now into the play-off places in Ladbrokes League 1 after a 1-0 home win over Peterhead. In a tough encounter, the hosts had to wait until the 89th minute for the breakthrough when big John Gemmell snatched all three points. In such games, you need a scrapper in the centre of the park, someone willing and able to work for the full 90 minutes. Fisher does this and also showed the required quality on the ball to give his side the impetus to win.

Forward - Brian Graham (Ross County)
Two goals and a tireless shift in County's win over the Dons. Playing in the Staggies’ 4-4-2 system, Graham is tasked with leading from the front by constantly closing down opposition defenders, never giving them time to settle and launch attacks. He also, twice, stayed cool under pressure to fire into the back of the Aberdeen net. Had his strike partner Liam Boyce, who was also a real threat, shown similar composure, County could have scored five or six goals.

Forward - Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic)
The veteran striker equalled his league goal tally from all of last season with a strike in the Pars’ 3-0 win at Stranraer. The 31-year-old is playing with renewed confidence and put in a real all-round shift at the weekend - holding up the ball, running at opponents and proving to be a constant headache for defenders with his movement around the final third.

Forward - Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock)
Having helped Northern Ireland reach Euro 2016, Magennis was understandably brimming with confidence when Kilmarnock took on Inverness CT. Playing in the lone striker role, he was a menace for Josh Meekings and Danny Devine to deal with, bullying the two Caley Thistle stoppers with his physical abilities. He would eventually finish the day with an assist - chesting the ball down for Greg Kiltie to fire in the opener - and a goal for his efforts. This week's star man.