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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

5 December 2016

It was a heavily-reduced EFL schedule at weekend, but there was still plenty of entertainment provided in the 14 games which took place.

As always, we've selected 11 players and a manager to make up our Team of the Week, now in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

Goalkeeper: Karl Darlow (Newcastle United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Darlow was unfortunate to find himself on the losing side following a remarkable display of goalkeeping against Nottingham Forest on Friday night.

The Newcastle stopper saved two penalties against his former club, and performed admirably despite the nine-man Magpies falling to a 2-1 defeat.

🎥 NUFC TV: Sign in via social media to watch Karl Darlow reflect on an eventful night at the City Ground:


— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 3, 2016

Defender: Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

A bullet header from Butler put Doncaster on their way to the top of Sky Bet League Two.

The Rovers club captain opened the scoring in the 4-3 win at Stevenage, and had to stand firm as the hosts threatened a second-half comeback.

Defender: Alex Pearce (Derby County) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

A fine rearguard action from Pearce and Derby County helped the club to a sixth successive Sky Bet Championship success.

Wigan Athletic threw everything forward in the second half, but the Irish international was a rock at the back as the Rams held on.

Defender: Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Fredericks was a key player for Fulham in their emphatic 5-0 rout of Reading.

The full-back's teasing cross forced an own goal to kick things off, and he made a vital challenge to deny Reading a potential equaliser before the Cottagers pulled away.

.@RyanFredericks_ "From Tuesday morning we were working on the game plan. All the lads put it into practice and that's what happens." ⚫️⚪️

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) December 3, 2016

Winger: Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Doukara impressed on the wing for Leeds as they brought Steve Bruce's unbeaten run as Aston Villa manager to an end.

It was the Senegalese international's pinpoint cross that gave Kemar Roofe his first Whites goal, and the win was wrapped up by Chris Wood late on.

Midfielder: Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Hourihane's left foot proved to be the architect behind Birmingham City's downfall, as the midfielder created all three goals in Barnsley's comfortable win at St. Andrew's.

Marc Roberts headed home the Irishman's free-kick in the first half, and two more set-piece deliveries helped Sam Winnall to a brace.

Midfielder: Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Pritchard was in sublime form, pulling all the strings in Norwich's 5-0 crushing of Brentford.

The midfielder earned the Man of the Match award for his role in the win, and his performance was capped off with the fifth and final goal.

Vision. 👀@pritch_93 threads the eye of the needle to feed Robbie Brady to score @NorwichCityFC's third goal. 👏

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) December 5, 2016

Winger: Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Murphy was another to star for the Canaries, having an involvement in three of the five goals against the Bees.

The winger tucked home the opening goal, won the penalty which led to the second, and crossed for Pritchard to round off the result.

Forward: Sam Winnall (Barnsley) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Winnall headed two goals for Barnsley as they eased past 10-man Birmingham City on Matchday 19.

The striker's goals both came in the second half, sealing a fine 3-0 win and sending the Tykes up to 12th in the Sky Bet Championship standings.

Forward: Otis Khan (Yeovil Town)

Another 5-0 win over the weekend, this one coming for Yeovil against Crawley Town.

Khan was in inspired form, scoring two and setting up two to help the Glovers into Sky Bet League Two's top six.

Forward: Chris Martin (Fulham)

Another man to get himself on the scoresheet twice was Martin, who helped Fulham put Reading to the sword.

The Scot's fierce effort doubled the Cottagers' lead, and rounded off the scoring with a low free-kick.

Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town)

After a weekend of heavy victories, the Manager of the Week decision was a tough one to call.

But the honours go to Way, who led his Yeovil side to an emphatic 5-0 win over Crawley, taking the Glovers into the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off places in the process.

Highest league position as a manager ✅
Biggest win as a manager ✅
Darren Way wants #YTFC fans to believe in what could be next. ⬇️

— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) December 3, 2016

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