Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Match Roundups

Sky Bet EFL: Team of Midweek

15 December 2016

Another midweek schedule is complete, with the Sky Bet Championship having been in full swing on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There was a Sky Bet League One outing, too, with Sky Sports #10in10 coverage serving up a footballing feast.

From that, we've picked out 11 players and a manager to make up our Team of Midweek, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

Goalkeeper: Daniel Bentley (Brentford)

Brentford earned three points at Bristol City, and Bentley played his part in the win at Ashton Gate.

Both he and opposite number Frank Fielding impressed, but the Bees stopper kept the Robins at bay in the 1-0 triumph.

Defender: Charlie Taylor (Leeds United)

Leeds United overcame Reading on Tuesday night to close the gap on the third-placed Royals to just two points.

Taylor defended well and was a threat going forward, earning the late penalty that sealed maximum points for the Whites.

Defender: Martin Cranie (Huddersfield Town)

Cranie was a man-mountain at the back for Huddersfield, who grabbed a last-gasp win at Burton Albion.

With the game tied at 0-0, the Brewers tried to break through, but to no avail, and Nahki Wells settled matters at the other end.

Defender: Alex Pearce (Derby County)

Another showing for Pearce, who was included in December's first Team of the Week when the Rams edged past Wigan Athletic.

This time it was QPR who were the opponents, and the Irishman put his body on the line to help his side to a 1-0 win.

Defender: Bruno Manga (Cardiff City)

Coming in for the suspended Sol Bamba, Manga showed that he is more than capable of stepping into the fold.

The Gabonese international produced a determined defensive display as Cardiff climbed out of the bottom three with victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Defender: Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)

Spector returned to the line-up following suspension and put in a solid display to help Birmingham past Ipswich Town.

The USA international provided an outlet going forward, and defended stoutly as the Blues won 2-1.

Midfielder: Stefan Johansen (Fulham)

Johansen was at his creative best yet again, as Fulham recorded a 2-1 win against Sky Bet Championship basement side Rotherham United.

The Norwegian controlled proceedings, and also netted a very tidy goal in the triumph.

Here are some of the reasons you voted for Stefan Johansen to be your MOTM v Rotherham on Tuesday evening.

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) December 14, 2016

Midfielder: Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday)

An all-action midfield display from Hutchinson resulted in Yorkshire derby delight for Sheffueld Wednesday.

The versatile 27-year-old starred against Barnsley, and even got his name on the scoresheet in the 2-0 win at Hillsborough.

CC: We know whatever position Sam plays, he will do well. Maybe not goalkeeper! He understands football and we are happy with him #swfcLIVE

— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) December 15, 2016

Midfielder: Mohamed Diame (Newcastle United)

Diame picked up the Sky Bet Man of the Match award in Wednesday night's #10in10 game, helping himself to the crucial goal in the 2-0 win at Wigan Athletic.

It was the Senegalese powerhouse's first EFL goal for Newcastle, and it came against his former employers as the Magpies returned to the top of the table.

REACTION: Mo Diamé "always happy to score" ⚽️


— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 14, 2016

Midfielder: Graham Dorrans (Norwich City)

Dorrans was influential from midfield as Norwich inflicted defeat on in-form Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

🌟 @SkyBet Man of the Match 🌟

Graham Dorrans -

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) December 13, 2016

The Scot's performance saw him, like Diame, named Man of the Match in Sky Sports' live #10in10 game this week. And that also applies to...

Forward: Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers)

Madine was the only striker at the double this week, and his brace came in Monday night's #10in10 screening against Gillingham.

The 26-year-old set the Trotters on their way with the first goal of their 4-0 success, and he doubled his personal tally midway through the second half.

Manager: Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Brighton returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship, albeit for only 24 hours, courtesy of another impressive performance away from home.

The Seagulls won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers, with Shane Duffy – against his former club – among the goalscorers. It's now 15 matches unbeaten for Hughton's men, who are eight points clear of third spot.

Advertisement block