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Tuesday 23rd August 2016

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Heart of Midlothian midfielder Don Cowie the star man for his performance against Inverness Caley Thistle.

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Heart of Midlothian midfielder Don Cowie the star man for his performance against Inverness Caley Thistle.
GK - Wes Foderingham (Rangers)
Mark Warburton's side were far from at their best against Motherwell but still managed to pick up the three points thanks to an injury-time Kenny Miller goal. En route to the victory, Wes Foderingham was called upon to keep his team in the game, making two smart stops to deny Scott McDonald and Marvin Johnson.
DC - Andrew Davies (Ross County)
The English defender, having recently performed a U-turn on his summer decision to seek a move away from Dingwall, put in an excellent shift at the back for County in their 2-0 win over Kilmarnock. Veteran striker Kris Boyd never got a sniff as Davies marshalled him expertly throughout the match.
DC - Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers)
Raith emerged victorious from the first Rovers-Pars league derby in over three years as a pair of second-half goals from Bobby Barr and Mark Stewart earned them all three points. Until then the hosts had been put under some pressure from their neighbours but remained strong thanks to a stellar defensive showing, with Benedictus, in particular, catching the eye.
DC - Ricky Little (Arbroath)
Arbroath continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with terrific 1-0 win at previously top-of-the-table Elgin. Dick Campbell moved things around in defence and it had the desired effect; Red Lichties stalwart Ricky Little put in a superb showing as the visitors registered their first clean sheet of the league season.
MR - James Forrest (Celtic)
The midfielder followed up his excellent performance against Hearts in week one with another fine display to help Celtic defeat St Johnstone 4-2 in Perth. Forrest, showing composure and close control, played a large part in the second goal, before a driving run and exquisite finish put the visitors 3-0 up.
MC - Jim Goodwin (Alloa Athletic)
Another inclusion in Team of the Week for the veteran who has been in top form since his summer move to Alloa. During the Wasps’ 2-1 win over East Fife he was his usual industrious self in the middle of the park, dominating proceedings as he used his strength and cunning to get the better of the Fifers.
MC - Tom Rogic (Celtic)
Rogic has been in superb form since signing a new contract and that continued at McDiarmid Park. His technique and close control bamboozles the best of defenders, and Tommy Wright's unit, often thought of as one of the league's most resolute sides, were the latest victims.
MC - Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian)
Power. Whether it was on the ball or off it, Don Cowie destroyed the Inverness CT midfield with a devastating man-of-the-match display in Hearts' 5-1 thumping win. He also added two excellent, first-time finishes to help lift Hearts to their first win of the Premiership season.
ML - Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian)
The winger was his usual bundle of tricks and direct running, only this time he added two goals to the performance as well, taking advantage of sloppy defending to get in behind on two occasions late in the match, polishing off a resounding Hearts victory.
FC - Danny Mullen (Livingston)
With injuries to Liam Buchanan and Dale Carrick, Danny Mullen has been given a chance to shine in League 1 and he's certainly taken it. In Saturday's 4-1 win over Stenhousemuir he showed great energy to lead the line and helped himself to two goals.
FC - Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South)
Already a firm favourite among the Doonhamers support when he arrived back earlier this month, Dobbie is nearing god-like status with each and every passing week. Yet again on Saturday he was instrumental in a fine win, producing two top finishes to put Falkirk to the sword.