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Sky Bet EFL: Team of Easter

Posted: Wed 19 Apr 2017
Author: Alex Butcher
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Leon Clarke

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A bumper weekend of football is over, with all 72 clubs in action twice over the Easter period.

Comprising of players who impressed across both matches, along with a manager, we've selected our EFL Team of Easter, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

Goalkeeper: Marek Rodak (Accrington Stanley) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Rodak didn't concede a goal over the Easter period, helping Accrington extend their unbeaten run to 15 games and remain in the hunt for a place in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs.

The Slovak stopper saved a penalty in Good Friday's draw with Blackpool, before keeping out Crawley Town in Monday's 1-0 win.

Defender: Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Pudil starred for Sheffield Wednesday as they picked up six points from their two Easter matches, producing a solid defensive display to repel Cardiff City in a 1-0 success.

Three days later, the Czech full-back made one goal and scored the other as Queens Park Rangers were defeated.



Defender: Tom Aldred (Blackpool) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Aldred made a goal-line clearance to help Blackpool earn a point against in-form Accrington Stanley, as the Seasiders kept two clean sheets in their two outings.



The second match was a visit to leaders Doncaster Rovers, where the 26-year-old marshalled the back line superbly in a dramatic 1-0 win.

Defender: Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Play-Off chasing Mansfield began Easter with victory at Wycombe Wanderers, where Pearce grabbed the crucial goal and helped the Stags to a clean sheet.



A few days later, the centre-back impressed again in the 1-1 draw with Luton Town, and only a goal-line clearance prevented him from getting on the scoresheet once again.

Midfielder: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton & Hove Albion) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

After picking up the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season honour last Sunday, Knockaert emphasised just why with two goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Good Friday.



Promotion was confirmed three days later, and the French winger's trickery played a part in the goal that sealed it, scored by Solly March.

Midfielder: Stefan Johansen (Fulham) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Fulham moved back into the Sky Bet Championship top six following successive 3-1 wins over the Easter period.

Johansen was influential in their success, scoring an early goal as they swept aside Norwich City, and creating one in the triumph at home to Aston Villa.

Midfielder: George Glendon (Fleetwood Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Automatic promotion remains in Fleetwood's sights following back-to-back wins on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Glendon was key to both, brilliantly setting up the second in the 2-1 win at Peterborough United, and assisting the winner against Millwall three days later.



Midfielder: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Mendez-Laing's recent good form continued, helping Rochdale to six points from their meetings with Bury and Coventry City.

The winger made a crucial clearance off the line as they overcame their rivals on Thursday night, and created both goals against the Sky Blues on Easter Monday.



Forward: Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Scunthorpe United secured their place in the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs with consecutive victories, and Ivan Toney netted in both triumphs.

After heading the winner against Milton Keynes Dons, the Newcastle United loanee added his 12th and 13th goals of the season in the 3-1 win over Chesterfield.



Forward: Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Sheffield United were confirmed as Sky Bet League One champions at the weekend, and Leon Clarke's emphatic volley in the 3-0 win at Port Vale gave a glimpse as to why.


In front of the Sky Sports cameras on Easter Monday, the Blades put on another show, and the striker made it five goals in four games after netting another two against Bradford City.



Forward: Lewis Grabban (Reading) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Reading bounced back from their 7-1 humiliation at Norwich City in fine fashion, halting Aston Villa's fine home form with a 3-1 win at Villa Park.

Grabban scored one and made the other two in that game, and he netted a stunning equaliser as Reading came from behind to beat Rotherham United on Easter Monday.



Manager: Mick McCarthy (Ipswich Town)

After a run of one win, seven draws, and two defeats from their last 10 outings, any lingering relegation fears were put at ease after McCarthy guided Ipswich to two Easter triumphs.

The first of those came away at struggling Burton Albion, before recording a 3-1 home win against second-placed Newcastle United – a result which sees the Tractor Boys climb to 15th.