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Tuesday 11th October 2016

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week on the back of the IRN-BRU Cup fourth-round ties, with St Mirren’s Jack Baird the star man.

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week on the back of the IRN-BRU Cup fourth-round ties, with St Mirren’s Jack Baird the star man.

GK - Greg Fleming (Ayr United)
The Ayr keeper may, or may not, have got something on Luke Leahy's penalty that crashed back off the post, but he definitely denied Falkirk twice in the dying minutes of extra time, making a pair of excellent stops to preserve the Honest Men's 1-0 victory.

DR - Nicky Devlin (Ayr United)
Greg Fleming's team-mate at right-back did an excellent job of corralling Falkirk winger Myles Hippolyte during the Friday night tie, while also getting forward to offer an out ball whenever possible.

DC - Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South)
The centre-back was in commanding form as Queen of the South passed up  a string of chances as they saw off Linfield. Veteran shot-stopper Roy Carroll kept the visitors in the match with a string of incredible saves, meaning Queens had to keep things tight at the back as the game moved into extra-time. Fortunately, thanks to Brownlie and Andy Dowie, they survived the 120 minutes with a clean sheet intact, and advanced after a 2-0 win.

DC - Jack Baird (St Mirren)
For the second week in succession, young Baird makes his way on to this list after an outstanding performance in the 2-1 win over Hibernian at Easter Road. The Buddies piled on Hibs' misery and found themselves a morale-boosting victory after coming from behind to secure their passage to the next round. Baird was imperious at the back. Seeing as he was originally dropped for the Falkirk game last week, where he won man of the match after coming in for the injured Andy Webster, it goes to show how quickly things can change in football. This week's star man.

DL - Paul Dixon (Dundee United)
Solid performance from the United left-back as the Tannadice side survived a tricky trip to League 1 hosts Stranraer. Tony Andreu was the difference between the sides as it finished 1-0 to Ray McKinnon’s men.

DM - Kyle Hutton (St Mirren)
The midfielder has come in for a bit of criticism from his own fans this year, but he more than showed his worth with an energetic performance in the centre of the midfield. Hutton assisted St Mirren in holding their own in the possession battle against their highly-fancied hosts.

MC - Charlie Telfer (Dundee United)
Most of United's play came through their classy midfielder, as he dictated the pace and flow of the game, enabling the Tannadice men to secure a safe passage to the quarter-finals.

MC - Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic)
The experienced midfielder got himself on the scoresheet and put in an impressive performance as Alloa Athletic won 4-2 away to Bala Town. The Wasps came flying at their opponents from the off, going 3-0 up before the referee had even blown for half-time. Their collective energy, with Robertson a prime example, helped suffocate the Welsh side.

AM - Scott Pittman (Livingston)
The goalscoring midfielder sparked some incredible scenes in the away end when his 94th minute goal saw Livingston through at the expense of Belfast-based Crusaders. In a tense game, Pittman's ability to muck in, while also providing a creative spark, was crucial to their 2-1 triumph.

FC - Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic)
The Alloa hitman bagged two in his side's 4-2 win over Bala Town, who struggled to keep up with his speed and movement. The striker has been in excellent form since re-joining the club and this brace takes him to 12 goals already this campaign.

FC - Farid El Alagui (Dunfermline Athletic)
He may only have played 45 minutes, but what a 45 minutes! The striker netted a hat-trick, of sorts, helping Dunfermline to reach the last eight at the expense of Queen's Park. Having netted twice to put his team firmly in the driving seat, he then thought he'd help out his opponents, scoring an own goal to ensure a nervy ending at East End Park.