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Team of the Week 25 March 2000
Gavin Ward (STOKE CITY v Blackpool): The fans at the Britannia Stadium were treated to a 3-0 win on Saturday, as the daytrippers from the seaside came to town. But the emphatic nature of the win was much to do with broad-palmed goalkeeper Gavin Ward, who positioned himself well throughout and made six saves for the exultant Potters. Opta points score: 1,448

Brynjar Gunnarsson (STOKE CITY v Blackpool): Stoke City manager Gudjon Thordarson is a Moses figure in Icelandic football, leading an exodus to the promised land of Staffordshire. One of his imports is fiery defender Brynjar Gunnarsson, who scored his first goal for the club on Saturday, bundling home from close range. He was also responsible for creating Bjarni Gudjonsson's cheeky third in a fine win. Opta points score: 1,505

Danny Swailes (Burnley v BURY): There are two Mr Swailes' at Gigg Lane, and while they are not related, Chris and Danny are certainly defensive blood brothers. The former did not feature in the game at Turf Moor, but the latter was a colossus. He made 13 clearances and scored the goal that made the game 1-1 with 11 minutes to go. There was more excitement to be had though, in one of the weekend's most entertaining encounters. Opta points score: 1,357

Shaun Garnett (Scunthorpe United v OLDHAM ATHLETIC): Oldham plunged the somnolent Scunthorpe faithful into further doom with a glorious away win at Glanford Park. The Latics have seen their own team decline from being founder members of the FA Premier League to mid-table Division Two plodders, but three points are welcome in any environment. Former Swansea stopper Shaun Garnett bagged a goal after just four minutes to set Athletic on their way, and followed it up with a series of strong tackles and firm clearances. Opta points score: 967

Matthew Taylor (Chesterfield v LUTON TOWN): Matthew Taylor was born in the decade that saw the decline of Communism in Eastern Europe, but his young frame is proving adept in the often harsh free market world of the Nationwide League. Both Stalingrad and Chesterfield have seen their mining communities decline, but the Derbyshire public have seen the Spireites worsen as well. Taylor tormented them on Saturday, creating Gary Doherty's goal and delivering 11 crosses. Lennie Lawrence's five-year-plan at Kenilworth Road is bearing fruit. Opta points score: 1,114

Glen Little (BURNLEY v Bury): Hulking winger Glen Little gnawed away at the Shakers' defence on Saturday, ghosting past them on 10 dribbles and launching 14 crosses towards his forwards. The lissom wideman also created Andy Payton's second-half opener with a crisp delivery that flummoxed the Bury defence and caused the happy Turf Moor natives to dance and beat their seats in unadulterated joy. Opta points score: 1,439

Neil Redfearn (WIGAN ATHLETIC v Notts County): Wigan manager John Benson has focussed on grizzled veterans when entering the transfer market this season, buying such players as Alan McLoughlin, Jeff Peron and Neil Redfearn. But while the two purchased from hapless Portsmouth have proved disappointing, Redfearn is quickly showing his skill. He scored his first goals for the club on Saturday, inspiring the Latics to a win over Notts County. He also found time to fire four efforts wide and finish with a pass completion of 85 per cent. Opta points score: 1,431

Tim Cahill (MILLWALL v Bristol Rovers): Australian prodigy Tim Cahill failed to add to his impressive goals tally in the surprising romp over Bristol Rovers, but he was behind much of the good work. He forced a smart save from Lee Jones with a keen shot after 42 minutes, but what stood out was his tackling. He steamed into 12 challenges, winning five of them in a game that optimised all that is good and pure about the second division. Opta points score: 1,059

Iain Anderson (PRESTON NORTH END v Wrexham): North End manager David Moyes looked abroad when he bought striker Iain Anderson from Toulouse. The Scotsman started his career in the cake making heartland of Dundee, but he looks to have a bright future ahead of him in the English game. He scored the only goal of the game against Wrexham and also rattled the woodwork as the Lilywhites extended their lead at the head of Division Two. Opta points score: 1,418

Steve Fletcher (BOURNEMOUTH v Wycombe Wanderers): Bournemouth brushed aside the feeble challenge of Wycombe with ease, and popular forward Steve Fletcher was menacing in the spring breeze. He forced Martin Taylor to make four saves, and could have emerged from the game with a healthy haul. He was further frustrated by the woodwork on two occasions on a day of personal frustration but collective success. Opta points score: 1,605

Richard Sadlier (MILLWALL v Bristol Rovers): Zampa Road was reeling with delight as the Lions swallowed the Pirates with barely a gulp. Rangy striker Richard Sadlier is one of a number of good forwards at the New Den, and he earned his win bonus in this game, scoring one and making another. His strapping frame is easily capable of playing at a higher level, and he could soon do this with Millwall. Opta points score: 1,472

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