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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

19 December 2016

With Christmas just around the corner, there was a festive footballing feast in the EFL over the weekend.

We've selected 11 players and a manager to make up the latest Team of the Week, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

And here it is…

Goalkeeper: Stuart Nelson (Gillingham) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Gillingham defeated Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 on Matchday 22, and Nelson's heroics proved to be the game's turning point.

The Gills' Man of the Match denied Dean Bowditch from the spot just before the break, which gave his side the momentum to push on and win the game.

GFC 1-0 MKD FT> Stuart Nelson earned today's Man of the Match prize after saving Dean Bowditch's penalty at the end of the first half.

— Gillingham FC (@TheGillsFC) December 17, 2016

Defender: Chris Robertson (AFC Wimbledon)

A sensational second-half showing from AFC Wimbledon saw them blitz Port Vale 4-0 at Kingsmeadow.

Robertson had helped keep the Valiants out in the first half, but then got himself in on the act at the other end with his first goal for the club.

Defender: Liam Moore (Reading) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Moore starred at both ends for Reading as they continued to fly high in the Sky Bet Championship.

Not only did the centre-back grab his first Royals goal, he also made a sensational goal-line block to deny Blackburn Rovers in the 3-2 success.

Defender: Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Leeds had to defend stoutly against Brentford, with the visitors on top for much of the game at Elland Road.

Bartley was in imperious form again to deny the Bees, before stinging them with a last-gasp winner.

Kyle Bartley with a last-gasp goal for @LUFC. 1-0 to the Whites!

— EFL (@EFL) December 17, 2016

Defender: Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Huddersfield overcame Norwich City in Friday night's #10in10 fixture, with a number of players staking their claim for Team of the Week selection.

Aaron Mooy was named Man of the Match, Elias Kachunga scored twice, but Smith assisted both goals with his rampaging performance down the right-hand side.

Big thanks to Tommy smith for assisting me with 2 goals today! #teamkaching

— Elias Kachunga (@ekachunga15) December 16, 2016

Midfielder: Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Smith starred for Crawley, grabbing a goal and an assist on an emotional day.

The midfielder's granddad passed away earlier in the week, and the Reds skipper delivered a performance to make him proud.

Midfielder: Matty Lund (Rochdale) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

A perfect afternoon for Lund, who grabbed a perfect hat-trick for Rochdale in their 3-2 win at Northampton Town.

Right foot, left foot, and a match-winning header earned the midfielder the EFL Star of the Day.

🌟 #EFL Star of the Day 🌟@officiallydale trailed twice, but along came Matty Lund.

Today’s hat-trick hero takes the honours. ⚽️⚽️⚽️

— EFL (@EFL) December 17, 2016

Midfielder: Ryan Kent (Barnsley) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

A stunning game at the Cardiff City Stadium saw Barnsley come away with all three points in a seven-goal thriller.

One of the stars in the Tykes' 4-3 win was Kent, whose blistering pace played a part in tearing up the Cardiff defence.

Forward: Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Exeter grabbed their first home win of the campaign, and Watkins was the man to thank for lifting the gloom down in Devon.

Watkins, a former EFL Young Player of the Month, struck a goal in each half to see off Mansfield Town.

Forward: Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Sharp got the EFL weekend under way on Thursday night, picking up the Man of the Match honour in their #10in10 win at Coventry City.

The Blades front man earned the award thanks to his two goals, including a late winner to sink the Sky Blues.

Forward: Chris Maguire (Oxford United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Maguire had his eye in on Saturday afternoon, scoring two free-kicks to help Oxford to a hard-earned 3-2 win over struggling Bury.

The U's went behind twice, but the 27-year-old's set-pieces restored parity, before an own goal settled proceedings at Gigg Lane.

Manager: Danny Wilson (Chesterfield)

Wilson takes the honour of Manager of the Week, after guiding Chesterfield to the EFL's Result of the Day.

The struggling Spireites belied their position and the formbook to overcome Bolton Wanderers, winning 1-0 and moving out of Sky Bet League One's bottom four in the process.

👏 #EFL Result of the Day 👏@ChesterfieldFC - in the bottom four, against in-form opposition, but earning all three points.


— EFL (@EFL) December 17, 2016

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