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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

9 November 2015

There was just one division of Football League action this weekend, but the Sky Bet Championship still provided plenty of entertainment.

With the assistance from fans on social media, we've pulled together our Team of the Week – and here it is...

Goalkeeper: Frank Fielding (Bristol City)

Bristol City picked up an important point away at fellow Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers, returning home from the Macron Stadium with a goalless draw.

The hosts had the perfect chance to clinch all three points, but Fielding did something no goalkeeper has ever done before – save a Shola Ameobi penalty – as the Robins held on for a 0-0 draw.

Defender: Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town)

They may have conceded twice to Rotherham United, but Ipswich were in fine form going forward in their Championship clash with the Millers.

Smith was certainly one of those - the defender laying on two of the goals in the Tractor Boys' emphatic 5-2 win.

@football_league Tommy smith, two assists from defence!

— Ross Finden (@RossFinden) November 7, 2015
Defender: Michael Keane (Burnley)

Burnley may have lost a bit of ground at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, but the point picked up at Wolverhampton Wanderers was a good one nonetheless.

Keane was a rock at the centre of defence, and a strong rearguard action kept Wolves at bay throughout with the Clarets coming away from Molineux with a 0-0 draw.

Defender: Paul Huntington (Preston North End)

The Preston defence held out Queens Park Rangers for a club record-equalling sixth successive clean sheet.

The whole back line impressed, but Huntington was returning to the starting line-up for the first time since mid-September, and boss Simon Grayson said he played 'like he'd never been away'.

Midfielder: Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Brighton set a new club record by going 17 league games unbeaten on Saturday, following their 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons.

March hit the opener, and played his part in the move that saw Jamie Murphy double the advantage for Chris Hughton's promotion hopefuls.

Midfielder: Alex Mowatt (Leeds United)

Mowatt was influential in midfield as Leeds cruised to a derby-day victory over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.

Well deserved! #lufc

— The Football League (@football_league) November 7, 2015
The 21-year-old picked up the Man of the Match award for his performance, which included this super strike...

Midfielder: Jake Livermore (Hull City)

Livermore was one of a number of impressive Hull players in their 3-0 triumph over Middlesbrough as the Tigers retained their place at the Sky Bet Championship summit.

@football_league@SkyBetChamp Jake Livermore! #hcafc

— Boothferry 2 Wembley (@HullCityNow) November 7, 2015
The 25-year-old was a rock in the middle of the park, while fellow midfielders Mohamed Diame, Sam Clucas and Tom Huddlestone got their names on the scoresheet.

Midfielder: David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest)

Nottingham Forest ended their poor run of form in the best way possible – defeating East Midlands rivals Derby County on Friday night.

Forest had to soak up some pressure but Vaughan pulled the strings for his side in midfield, and was vital to the 1- 0 success.

@football_league David Vaughan, different class, ran the show #NFFC

— James Ablewhite (@BargainHuntJim) November 7, 2015
Midfielder: Joe Ralls (Cardiff City)

Cardiff's four-game goal drought came to an end with a 2-0 Championship success over Reading at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Good win today to take us into the international break 👏🏼🔵 #bluebirds

— Joe Ralls (@Joe_Ralls) November 7, 2015
Ralls was the architect of the Royals' downfall, with his expert deliveries being converted first by Kenwyne Jones, and then defender Matthew Connolly.

Forward: Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town)

After hitting 27 last season, the goals had dried up for Murphy this term, failing to find the net at all in 2015/16.

TEAM OF THE WEEK: A first career hat-trick & first goals this term - Daryl Murphy will be in. Who should join him?

— The Football League (@football_league) November 7, 2015
So, what better way to get off the mark than with your first ever career hat-trick? Rotherham had no answer to Murphy, and here are all the goals from the 5-2 rout...

Forward: Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City)

Another 5-2 win on the road, this time for Birmingham, whose victory over Fulham led to the Cottagers parting ways with boss Kit Symons.

Donaldson scored, won a penalty, and was a constant threat throughout the 90 minutes as the Blues got back on track following three games without finding the net.

Manager: Karel Fraeye (Charlton Athletic)

Interim boss Karel Fraeye guided Charlton to one of the results of the weekend, putting a halt to Sheffield Wednesday's 11-match unbeaten run.

The Addicks themselves had gone 12 games without victory, so the form book went well and truly out the window at The Valley to produce a 3-1 home triumph.

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