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Sky Bet EFL: Team of Midweek

20 October 2016

No Sky Bet League Two action in midweek, but the EFL entertainment continued elsewhere.

The Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet League One were both in full swing, and we've picked a selection of the star performers to make up our Team of Midweek.

Goalkeeper: Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town)

Yet again, Vigouroux earns his spot after another stunning penalty save in Swindon's emphatic win over in-form Rochdale.

If Ian Henderson had have converted, momentum might have swung towards the Dale, but the Chilean made his second spot-kick save in successive games, on his 50th appearance for the Robins.

Defender: Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United)

Lafferty excelled in his left wing-back role as United romped to victory at Shrewsbury Town.

The Burnley loanee played his part in Billy Sharp's opener and added the second himself with a bullet header. A special mention to Sharp, who added another in the 3-0 success and can count himself unfortunate to miss out on a good night for EFL strikers.

Defender: David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers)

Wheater produced a Man of the Match display as Bolton defeated Millwall 2-0 at The Den.

The Lions couldn't find a way past the 29-year-old and his defensive colleagues, and he volleyed home late on to seal the points.

Defender: Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town)

Chambers helped Ipswich to a clean sheet and three points against Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

The skipper scored a diving header to put the Tractor Boys a goal up, before keeping the Brewers at bay in an end-to-end encounter at Portman Road.

Midfielder: Paul Gallagher (Preston North End)

Gallagher was the architect of Huddersfield Town's downfall, creating two and scoring the other in a 3-1 win for Preston.

His wide deliveries were converted by defenders Tom Clarke and Alex Baptiste, before finding the net himself from another dead ball situation early in the second half.

Midfielder: Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United)

A first clash with rivals Northampton Town since 2009 saw Peterborough come out on top with a resounding 3-0 victory.

Bostwick bossed the midfield battle, laying the foundations for Posh to push on and grab their second straight home success.

Midfielder: Gary Gardner (Aston Villa)

Gardner returned to the Villa starting line-up for the first time in over a month as new boss Steve Bruce works out his best line-up.

And the 24-year-old staked his claim with an all-action display, playing a part in both goals as the Villans beat Reading 2-1 for a first away victory in over 14 months.

Midfielder: David Cotterill (Birmingham City)

Birmingham continued their good form with a 4-2 win over Rotherham United, and Cotterill impressed with a classy display for the Blues.

The Wales international crossed superbly for Lukas Jutkiewicz to head home, and capped off a fine performance with a precise penalty late on.

Forward: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United)

Two goals on Saturday, and another two on Tuesday for the Sky Bet Championship's top scorer.

Gayle's poaching prowess came to the fore as his double helped Newcastle overcome Barnsley, a day after his birthday. Not a bad way to start life as a 26-year-old.

Forward: Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers)

The second Gallagher to make our Team of Midweek the Southampton loanee made sure the Blackburn fans were singing in the rain at a sodden Ewood Park.

The striker raced on to Ben Marshall's pass for his first goal in the win over Nottingham Forest, and sealed the points by converting Corry Evans' cross from close range.

Forward: Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers)

Taylor took his tally to 10 goals in all competitions with a hat-trick away at Milton Keynes Dons.

Rovers looked destined for defeat, but the 26-year-old's late, late intervention rescued a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw. And if you haven't seen Charlie Colkett's flick yet for Taylor's second, then watch on...

Manager: Steve Robinson (Oldham Athletic)

Heading up a strong list of contenders, Robinson earns his place as Manager of Midweek after guiding Oldham to a win over Sky Bet League One leaders Scunthorpe United.

The Iron were unbeaten in eight EFL games, but were undone by well-taken first-half goals from Freddie Ladapo and Lee Erwin as the Latics upset the odds to claim maximum points.

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