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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

24 October 2016

There were more thrills and spills as the EFL season produced another entertaining weekend of football.

As ever, we've taken a look at the action and compiled 11 players and a manager to make up the latest Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Russell Griffiths (Cheltenham Town)

Griffiths was in form as Cheltenham claimed a 1-0 victory away at Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two.

Billy Waters finished off a well-worked free-kick to win it, but the Robins' stopper excelled at the other end, particularly frustrating the division's joint top scorer, Omar Bogle.

Defender: Jordan Willis (Coventry City)

A second win in a week for Coventry, and they produced a dogged defensive display to keep Rochdale at bay.

It could have been so different had Man of the Match Willis not stopped Dale striker Ian Henderson in his tracks early on, and the Sky Blues never looked back, going on to win 2-0.

Defender: Alex Baptiste (Preston North End)

Preston inflicted a first home defeat on Norwich City this season with a hard-earned 1-0 win at Carrow Road.

Baptiste and his Lilywhites team-mates dealt with the Canaries' threat, and he nodded home the second-half winner which extended Preston's unbeaten run to six matches.

Midfielder: Brad Potts (Blackpool)

Blackpool fell behind in the first minute against Doncaster Rovers, but bounced back to claim a 4-2 triumph at Bloomfield Road.

Potts started the comeback with a cool finish, and netted the ultimately decisive goal with a thunderous free-kick beyond the helpless Rovers' keeper.

Midfielder: Erhun Oztumer (Walsall)

Not much needs to be said here.

Walsall were 2-0 winners at Swindon Town, Oztumer scored both goals, and just go ahead and watch these beauties...

Midfielder: Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United)

Wordsworth continued his fine goalscoring form with a brace in the 3-0 win at Milton Keynes Dons, which sealed MK boss Karl Robinson's fate.

His first-half strike was followed by a sublime late free-kick, making it five in eight since his return from injury.

Midfielder: Paul Anderson (Northampton Town)

Anderson was key for Northampton as they ended a three-match winless run at Shrewsbury Town.

The winger was on hand to open the scoring from close range, and he capped the 4-2 win off with a low drive off the post – although our Dubious Goals committee might have something to say about that one...

Forward: Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United)

A Newcastle striker at the double for the third game in a row, but this time it was Ayoze Perez grabbing the goals as the Magpies eased past Ipswich Town.

Two emphatic finishes put the Sky Bet Championship leaders two goals to the good, and the Spaniard supplied Matt Ritchie for the third and final goal of the afternoon.

Forward: Ollie Palmer (Leyton Orient)

Palmer struck twice for Orient, who ended a seven-match wait for victory with a 3-1 win at Hartlepool United.

The goals capped a second-half turnaround for the O's, giving Alberto Cavasin his first victory in the EFL.

Forward: Adam Campbell (Notts County)

No Jon Stead? No problem.

Notts County have been boosted by the experienced striker's goals so far this term, but Campbell stepped up in his absence, netting twice to seal a 2-1 win at Portsmouth.

Manager: Steve Bruce (Aston Villa)

Three games in, and three games without defeat for Bruce.

After ending the club's away-day hoodoo with a win at Reading in midweek, the new Villa boss guided his team to a 1-0 success over Fulham, ending the Cottagers' unbeaten away record in the process.

And the Sky Bet Championship's Goal of the Weekend sealed the points...

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