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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

Posted: Mon 09 Jan 2017
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Matty Godden

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There may have been a lack of games in the EFL this weekend, but there was more than enough entertainment to make up for it.

Doncaster Rovers versus Portsmouth on Thursday was followed by a further 11 matches from Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two on Saturday, and we've pulled together a select XI and a manager who impressed.

So, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team, here it is...

Goalkeeper: Marko Marosi (Doncaster Rovers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Marosi had a painful ending to his evening on Thursday night, but the Doncaster goalkeeper was in outstanding form in the 85 minutes before being stretchered off against Portsmouth.

The Slovakian made several key saves to deny Pompey, as Rovers won 3-1 to extend their lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two.



Defender: Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

It was a weekend full of goals in the EFL, but Pearson and his Grimsby team-mates ensured there was to be no contribution from Hartlepool United.

The Mariners defended doggedly in the second half to preserve a 1-0 lead, with Pearson making a superb goal-line block to frustrate the hosts.


Defender: Ricardo Santos (Barnet) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

After helping to keep a clean sheet on his Barnet bow last week, Santos found his goalscoring touch in his second appearance this time around.

The recent signing from Peterborough United netted twice in a matter of minutes to put the Bees in control against London foes Leyton Orient.



Defender: Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Sheffield United can't stop winning, and full-back Freeman can't stop scoring!

The Blades brought Southend United's 13-game unbeaten run to an end, with Freeman setting up the third in a 4-2 win, capping the result off with his third goal in as many games.


Midfielder: Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Ellison was named the sponsor's Man of the Match, and Morecambe tweeted #StillLifeInTheOldDog, after the evergreen winger impressed in the 4-1 win against Notts County.


The 37-year-old set up Paul Mullin to score in a foggy first half, before rounding off victory with a low strike late on.



Midfielder: Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Scunthorpe moved back into Sky Bet League One's automatic promotion places following their 3-2 win over Bury.

Captain Dawson produced an all-action midfield display, and scored his first Iron goal after breaking away from the halfway line before driving the ball low into the far corner.


Midfielder: Josh Cullen (Bradford City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Man of the Match Cullen was the architect of both goals as Bradford City ran out 2-0 winners against Chesterfield.

The midfielder set up Mark Marshall for the game's opener, and his cross was converted by Jordy Hiwula just before the break to put the game to bed.


Midfielder: Ben Whiteman (Mansfield Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Whiteman helped Mansfield to a second successive win, playing his part in one and scoring another in their 3-0 triumph over Crewe Alexandra.

The on-loan player's back-post header led to the opener, and he struck his first senior goal early in the second half to double the Stags' lead.


Forward: Matty Godden (Stevenage) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

The first of our three strikers to take home the matchball this weekend, Godden hit a treble in Stevenage's 3-1 win over Newport County.

A couple of cool first-half finishes got the ball rolling, before smashing home a penalty for his third.



Forward: Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

A neat turn and finish gave Guthrie the first of his three against Carlisle United, and he doubled his tally with a sweeping finish.

The crossbar and a goal-line block denied him his hat-trick, but the ball kindly fell to him deep in stoppage time, and he made no mistake.



Forward: Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Not one, not two, not even three... it was an afternoon to remember for Ellis Harrison, who notched four goals against Northampton Town.

The Welsh Under-21 international even got an assist for teeing up Billy Bodin's opener before taking centre stage for the Gas.



Manager: Darrell Clarke (Bristol Rovers)

Completing a Bristol Rovers double this week, Clarke takes the Manager of the Week honours for guiding his side to the 5-0 win over Northampton.

The Pirates raced out of the blocks and never looked back, putting the Cobblers to the sword at the Memorial Stadium.



Clarke, who has been in charge since March 2014, sits ninth in the EFL managers table.

UPDATED: EFL managers table