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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

Posted: Mon 13 Mar 2017
Author: Alex Butcher
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Tom Barkhuizen

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The latest EFL weekend is complete, which means it's time for the latest Team of the Week, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

We've selected 11 players and a manager to make up our selection, and here it is...

Goalkeeper: Jamal Blackman (Wycombe Wanderers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

It was a busy afternoon for Blackman, who pulled off a superb penalty save to help Wycombe earn a point at home to Blackpool.

However, that wasn't even his best stop of the day – he somehow clawed a close-range Brad Potts effort away during a Man of the Match performance.



Defender: Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Stevenage are the form team in Sky Bet League Two, and they leaped to fourth in the table after defeating Luton Town 2-0.

Also leaping was former Hatter Wilkinson, who towered above everyone to head home an early opener before putting in a fine rearguard display.



Defender: Aden Flint (Bristol City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Flint has scored plenty of goals for Bristol City in the past, but his weekend winner at Wigan Athletic is without doubt one of the most important.

After keeping the Latics at bay all game, the centre-back popped up in the 88th minute to score the goal which took the Robins out of the Sky Bet Championship bottom three.



Defender: John Brayford (Burton Albion) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Brayford was captain for the afternoon as Burton hosted Nottingham Forest in another big match at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship, and he led by example in the 1-0 victory.

On loan from Sheffield United, the defender put his body on the line throughout, making a superb block to deny Matty Cash, and earning special praise from boss Nigel Clough.


Midfielder: Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Bolton brought an end to Fleetwood Town's 18-match unbeaten run with a 4-2 win at Highbury, and Morais was the architect of their downfall.

After Adam Le Fondre's opener, the Portuguese midfielder worked his magic with three assists, setting up David Wheater, Mark Beevers, and Le Fondre again to secure victory.



Midfielder: Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Fulham's teenage sensation was the star of the show as Fulham defeated Newcastle United 3-1 and moved within two points of the Sky Bet Championship top six.

The 16-year-old scored twice at St James' Park with two coolly taken finishes, making it seven unbeaten for the Cottagers.



Midfielder: Josh Wright (Gillingham) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

There wasn't a more composed man in the EFL this weekend, with Wright converting not one, not two, but three penalties as Gillingham defeated Scunthorpe United.

The midfielder's treble came within a nine-minute spell, and capped a remarkable comeback at the Priestfield.



Midfielder: Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Portsmouth cemented their place in Sky Bet League Two's top three with an emphatic 4-0 win at Colchester United, with Naismith the creative force in the triumph.

He supplied the first two goals for Eoin Doyle and Kyle Bennett, and it was his parried effort which enabled Michael Doyle to add extra gloss to the scoreline late on.



Forward: Medy Elito (Cambridge United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Introduced as a second-half substitute with the scores level, Elito swung Cambridge's match with Carlisle United firmly in their favour.

After converting two penalties, the U's man completed his hat-trick with a precise finish which went in off the crossbar.



Forward: JJ Hooper (Port Vale) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Port Vale earned a vital win over relegation rivals Swindon Town, and Hooper was the main man as they moved above the Robins in the standings.

After scoring his first from close range, the 23-year-old curled home a delightful free-kick as the Valiants won 3-2, and brought an end to their nine-game winless run.



Forward: Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Barkhuizen grabbed his first Deepdale goals in his first Deepdale start, scoring twice as Preston eased to a 3-0 win over Reading.

He could have had another too, after a superb solo run took him into the opposition box, but team-mate Daryl Horgan arrived to finish off the counter-attack.



Manager: Mike Flynn (Newport County)

Flynn was handed the caretaker manager role at Newport earlier this week as Graham Westley's time at Rodney Parade came to an end.

After going a goal down to Crewe Alexandra, it looked like the EFL's bottom club were heading for another loss, but the new man in charge inspired a turnaround – the Exiles coming back to win 2-1.