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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

31 October 2016

Another weekend over, another Team of the Week selected.

With all 72 EFL clubs in action, we've chosen 11 players and a manager who stood out over the three days of football.

Goalkeeper: Christian Walton (Luton Town)

Luton are now seven games unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two, following a goalless draw away at Notts County.

Walton had kept the Magpies at bay throughout, but he saved his best for last – brilliantly stopping Vadaine Oliver's stoppage-time penalty.

Defender: Alex Pearce (Derby County)

Derby picked up an impressive 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday, with Pearce excelling at the back and grabbing a goal, too.

When the Owls did find a way past, they were thwarted by the impressive Scott Carson.

Defender: John Egan (Brentford)

Brentford earned their first win at Queens Park Rangers for 52 years on Friday night, and Egan played a huge part in the 2-0 triumph at Loftus Road.

The central defender dealt with everything the R's could throw at him, and made a brilliant goal-line clearance to deny Idrissa Sylla.

He was a rock at the back last night and with just under 40% of your votes @JohnEgan92 was the #QPRBEES Man of the Match

— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) October 29, 2016

Defender: Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County)

Barnum-Bobb found the net as Newport picked up three points for the first time since 13th August and earned Graham Westley his first win since taking charge.

The full-back impressed defensively, and finished like a seasoned striker for his goal in the 3-1 win at Accrington Stanley.

Midfielder: Sone Aluko (Fulham)

Fulham produced a sensational display to stick five past Huddersfield Town without reply.

Aluko terrorised the Terriers, with his mazy runs and crosses earning him three assists in the Craven Cottage rout.

Monday blues? Have a watch of this moment of magic from the weekend

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) October 31, 2016

Midfielder: Lee Holmes (Exeter City)

Holmes was in blistering form as Exeter swept aside Morecambe with a first-half blitz.

The 29-year-old raced clear to tee up David Wheeler for the opener, was involved in a neat move which led to the second, before finishing brilliantly with the outside of his boot to score the third.

Midfielder: Matt Taylor (Northampton Town)

Taylor returned to the Northampton side after serving a suspension, but there were no signs of rustiness as he helped the Cobblers overcome Bury at Sixfields.

A fine set-piece delivery was converted by Marc Richards, a man unlucky to miss out on a Team of the Week place after two goals, and then Taylor wrapped up the points with another trademark free-kick.

Is there a better dead-ball specialist in the #EFL? @ntfc's @Official_MattT 👏👏👏

— EFL (@EFL) October 31, 2016

Midfielder: Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)

Another Holmes in our midfield, Scunthorpe's Duane delivered a Man of the Match display as the Sky Bet League One table-toppers cruised to a 4-1 win over Swindon Town.

He finished off a brilliant team move and was involved in the fourth as the Iron continued their fine form.

Forward: Glenn Murray (Brighton & Hove Albion)

The first name down on our teamsheet, Murray took home the matchball after scoring three goals in Brighton's emphatic win over fellow promotion hopefuls Norwich City.

The striker forced a goalkeeper error to grab his opener, added a header, and then rounded off his hat-trick with a neat finish from inside the box.

Forward: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United)

After scoring two EFL Cup goals against Preston North End in midweek, Mitrovic repeated the feat in the Sky Bet Championship against the same opposition over the weekend.

The Serb netted two second-half goals, firing the Magpies to a seventh straight success in all competitions.

What a finish! 🔥🔥🔥 #NUFC

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 29, 2016

Forward: James Hanson (Bradford City)

AFC Wimbledon's eight-game unbeaten streak was halted by the high-flying Bradford, who brought their three-game winless run to an end in the process.

The main man behind the 3-2 success was Hanson, whose two late goals turned the match on its head.

HIGHLIGHTS | 🎥 Re-live yesterday's drama at @AFCWimbledon with our short highlights. #BCAFC

— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) October 30, 2016

Manager: Graham Barrow (Wigan Athletic)

Wigan Athletic parted ways with Gary Caldwell last Tuesday, one of a number of managerial departures this past week.

Out of all the sides to do so, only the Latics responded with three points, as interim boss Barrow led his side to a 1-0 win at Cardiff City which ended Neil Warnock's unbeaten start as Bluebirds manager.

🎥⚽️ Some of the key moments from yesterday's 1-0 victory over @CardiffCityFC including @JordiGomez14's winner!

— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) October 30, 2016

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