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Checkatrade Trophy: Team of the Tournament

2 April 2017

This year’s Checkatrade Trophy competition has seen a number of players and teams shine.

Here, we've assembled a squad of some of the stand-out performers...

Goalkeeper: Jamal Blackman (Wycombe Wanderers)

Blackman started the tournament with two clean sheets as Wycombe made it through the group stages.

The 23-year-old also starred in the last 16 at Blackpool, saving a penalty in normal time and another in a penalty shoot-out as the Chairboys marched on and his pedigree in the Wycombe ranks increased.

Defender: Ryan Haynes (Coventry City)

The first of three Coventry players to make the selection, Haynes has shone at full-back en route to the final.

Along with showing his defensive capabilities, the 21-year-old also chipped in with three goals to aid the Sky Blues' progression.

Defender: Phil Edwards (Oxford United)

Edwards was a key figure for Oxford as the club booked their place in the final for a second successive season.

The defender played every minute of the U's Checkatrade Trophy campaign prior to the final, and was on the scoresheet in the 3-2 semi-final success at Luton Town.

Defender: Jordan Willis (Coventry City)

Coventry's captain led by example from the back, helping the club march to the final unbeaten.

When it looked like they were heading for defeat in the quarter-finals, 22-year-old Willis popped up late on with his second goal of the competition, taking it to a triumphant penalty shoot-out for the Sky Blues.

Defender: Jack Senior (Luton Town)

Senior was a regular feature in the Luton line-up as they embarked on a fine run to the semi-finals, and that saw him rewarded with subsequent EFL appearances.

The 20-year-old full-back helped the Hatters to four wins over higher-division opposition in the Trophy, before eventually bowing out to Oxford United at the last-four stage.

Midfielder: Marvin Johnson (Oxford United)

One of the main reasons behind Oxford's run to the final, Johnson found himself on the scoresheet three times in the knock-out stages.

After netting in the 4-1 win against Scunthorpe United, the winger bagged winners against Bradford City and Luton Town.

Midfielder: Matt Dolan (Yeovil Town)

An entertaining Yeovil side reached the last eight of the competition, hitting 16 goals in their six games before falling to a 5-2 loss at Luton Town.

Dolan was key to the Glovers' success, assisting a number of strikes with his expert delivery.

Midfielder: Jodi Jones (Coventry City)

One of the creative forces behind Coventry's campaign was Jones, whose trickery caused opposition defences all sorts of problems.

The teenage talent's visionary passing and dangerous deliveries led to four assists en route to the final.

Midfielder: Josh Murphy (Norwich City U21)

Murphy was in inspired form as Norwich City U21 lit up the group stages with 15 goals scored in three matches.

He netted twice in a 6-1 win at Peterborough United, a hat-trick during the 5-0 rout at Barnet and impressed again as the Canaries eased past MK Dons 4-1.

Forward: Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall)

The competition's top scorer, Bakayoko hit six goals in four games, including a first-half hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Grimsby Town.

The 21-year-old added to his tally with strikes against Sheffield United, Leicester City U21 and Oldham Athletic, and he has featured heavily for the Saddlers in the EFL this term having shown what he can do in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Forward: Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City U21)

Despite missing the first two matches, McBurnie made a big impression on the competition with five goals for Swansea.

The target man struck against Plymouth Argyle and Norwich City U21, a double against Wolverhampton Wanderers U21, and one more in the agonising spot-kick loss to Coventry City, leading to him being rewarded with Premier League game time.

Manager: Michael Appleton (Oxford United)

After guiding Oxford to Wembley in this competition last season, Appleton repeated the feat in style.

Knockout stage victories over Sky Bet League One promotion-hopefuls Southend United, Scunthorpe United and Bradford City underlined another fantastic Trophy campaign for the U's.

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