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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

28 December 2016

Boxing Day football is over for another year, but it certainly delivered.

Our clubs produced a footballing feast, and we’ve selected 11 players and a manager who starred over the festive period. So, here it is…

Goalkeeper: Adam Davies (Barnsley)

Davies has been in fine form for Barnsley recently, and his Boxing Day performance against Blackburn Rovers was no exception.

The Tykes stopper made several key saves to deny Rovers in the 2-0 home triumph.

Find out what @ADavies40 had to say after another clean sheet helped the Reds to 3 points!

— Barnsley FC (@bfc_official) December 26, 2016

Defender: Scott Laird (Walsall)

Laird grabbed a first-half winner for Walsall, who overcame Port Vale on Boxing Day.

The full-back performed his defensive duties ably, too, making a last-gasp block to help the Saddlers to a clean sheet and a 1-0 win.

Defender: David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers)

Wheater was the key man for Bolton, who moved within two points of the Sky Bet League One leaders with victory over Shrewsbury Town.

The central defender scored twice inside half an hour, seeing the Trotters to a 2-1 success.

Defender: Jacob Bedeau (Bury)

A youthful Bury side halted the club’s 12-game losing streak on Boxing Day, earning a 0-0 draw away at Fleetwood Town.

It’s the first time that the Cod Army have failed to score this term and Bedeau, who only turned 17 on Christmas Eve, was one of four teenagers to impress for the Shakers.

A well deserved point and clean sheet away from home. Away support was top class. #UTS

— Jacob bedeau (@jacobmbedeau) December 26, 2016

Defender: Luke Ayling (Leeds United)

Ayling caught the eye for Leeds yet again with his marauding display down the right-hand side.

The full-back defended stoutly and was a constant attacking threat for the Whites, who cruised to a 4-1 win away at Preston North End.

Great away performance today... 4-1 could have been more! 6 thousands away fans unreal again!! Enjoy the rest of your night #MOT

— Luke Ayling (@lukeayling_8) December 26, 2016

Midfielder: Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers)

The EFL Star of Boxing Day was Bodin, who helped himself to his first career hat-trick in a comfortable win over Coventry City.

His wand of a left foot created the opener, before firing in two super strikes and a late penalty in the 4-1 rout.

Midfielder: Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday)

Hutchinson produced a battling midfield display to help Sheffield Wednesday earn a 1-0 victory at Newcastle United.

The versatile 27-year-old never let the Magpies settle, and earned the Sky Bet Man of the Match award for his efforts.

🌟 @SkyBet Man of the Match 🌟@swfc midfielder Sam Hutchinson claims the award for this evening’s #BoxingDay action.

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) December 26, 2016

Midfielder: Gavin Massey (Leyton Orient)

Massey was in dazzling form for Orient, playing a part in all three goals as they defeated Crawley Town 3-2 in an early Boxing Day kick-off.

After his involvement in the opener, he then crossed for Paul McCallum to extend the lead, and he was fouled for the penalty which proved to be the O’s match-winner.

That felt good (except the last 20 mins) some one please talk to me about @Gavinmassey92 😲🔥

— PMC#10 (@PaulMcCallum45) December 26, 2016

Forward: Simon Cox (Southend United)

Cox was at the double for Southend, who extended their unbeaten run to 11 games with a 3-0 win against AFC Wimbledon.

The striker smashed home from a long throw and rounded off the scoring with a sublime chip, and only the crossbar prevented him from netting a hat-trick.

Forward: Ian Henderson (Rochdale)

Henderson scored two and made the other as Rochdale continued their impressive home form with a 3-0 win against Chesterfield.

A stunning, curling effort gave Dale the lead and he fired home from close range late on, either side of setting up Calvin Andrew with a neat touch inside the box.

In space. Take it into the box? @officiallydale's Ian Henderson had other ideas. 🎯

Our @SkyBetLeagueOne Goal of #BoxingDay!

— Sky Bet League One (@SkyBetLeagueOne) December 28, 2016

Forward: Lee Gregory (Millwall)

Gregory struck once in each half to hand Millwall maximum points against Swindon Town.

The front man’s neat turn and low finish put the Lions on their way, before emphatically volleying home a second in the 2-0 victory.

Manager: Paul Cook (Portsmouth)

The EFL’s Result of the Day went to Portsmouth, who fought back from two goals down to defeat struggling Newport County.

So Cook takes the plaudits for the Manager of the Week, after inspiring Pompey’s turnaround in the five-goal thriller at Rodney Parade.

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