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        #67: Ben Hinchliffe (Stockport County)

        2024/04/04 14:50
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        Stockport County are currently top of League Two having conceded just 40 goals this season, a defensive record that only the team behind them, Mansfield Town, can beat (39).

        As well as being a strong team that narrowly missed out on promotion via the play-offs last year, the Hatters can also boast one of the division's best goalkeepers, Ben Hinchliffe.

        The shot-stopper has played a vital part in Stockport's return to the Football League and is currently key to their aspirations of moving further up the league ladder. 

        So far this season, Hinchcliffe has kept 16 clean sheets in League Two, more than his closest challenger, Alex Bass of AFC Wimbledon who has also played two more games than the Stockport man.

        That means Hinchcliffe has kept clean sheets in 40% of his league games this season, more than any other goalkeeper in League Two who has played 15 games or more. 

        It also puts Hinchliffe in the top five for clean sheet percentage across the top four tiers, with only Illan Meslier (48.6%), Lukas Jensen (45%), Will Norris (43.9%), and David Raya (43.5%) ahead of the 37-year-old this season. Impressive. 

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        2024-04-04 15h03m by jreedmanbrst
        As a football fan, I can't wait for the end of the 2023/24 Championship, League One and League Two campaigns! The promotion and relegation battles are making it so exciting to watch. Can't wait to see who will be the heroes and villains in the remaining games. @Playmaker, love your annual countdown of the EFL's best performers, even though it's always controversial. Just remember, it's all about the stats, not just the players' skills
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