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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

3 April 2017

It's time once again for the EFL Team of the Week, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

Following an action-packed weekend in the EFL, we've selected 11 stand-out performers and a manager to make up our latest line-up. Here it is...

Goalkeeper: Christian Walton (Southend United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

It was at 11am, four hours before kick-off, when Walton was announced as a Southend player, joining from Brighton & Hove Albion on an emergency loan.

A few hours later, the Shrimpers had three points, and the 21-year-old had a clean sheet to his name, producing an assured display in the 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic.

Big well done @Waltz_1 we only met him at pre match today! Different class geez

— Anthony Wordsworth (@a_words_4) April 1, 2017

Defender: Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
>> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Batth was effective at the back as Wolves defeated Cardiff City 3-1 at Molineux, but it was in the other penalty box where he proved even more so.

Two first-half headers from the skipper gave Paul Lambert’s men the lead at the break, and it was one they didn’t relinquish.

Defender: John Mousinho (Burton Albion) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Burton picked up three vital points in their battle to beat the drop, and Mousinho was one of the key figures as they repelled promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town.

The returning captain and his fellow Brewers stood firm, laying the foundations for Jackson Irvine’s injury-time winner.

Defender: Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Swindon Town picked up a second successive 1-0 win, with Nicky Ajose’s late goal boosting their survival chances.

There was plenty of work to do at the other end though, with Branco the stand-out figure as hosts Fleetwood Town failed to find a way through.

Midfielder: Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Bodin struck twice for Bristol Rovers to secure a 2-0 win over Shrewsbury Town, a result which keeps the Pirates’ Play-Off hopes alive.

The winger opened the scoring from the penalty spot early in the second half after being felled in the box, before doubling his tally late on.

Midfielder: Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Cheltenham grabbed three points with a 3-1 win at home to Morecambe, and Pell scored once in each half to help them on their way.

The first was a header, and the second was a thumping free-kick, which earned the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Weekend.

Fair play to @CTFCofficial's @Harrypell_7. That's quite the hit. 😳@SkyBetLeagueTwo#GoalOfTheWeekend is yours. 👏

— Sky Bet League Two (@SkyBetLeagueTwo) April 3, 2017

Midfielder: Luke Berry (Cambridge United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Much like the above, Berry was on the scoresheet twice, netting in each half, and finding the goal with a free-kick.

The brace took the midfielder to 19 goals for the season, and helped Cambridge to a 2-1 win at Crewe Alexandra.

Midfielder: Chris Eagles (Port Vale) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

An Eagles-inspired Port Vale pulled themselves out of the Sky Bet League One relegation places, seeing off AFC Wimbledon 2-0 at Vale Park.

The winger crossed for Nathan Smith to profit in the first half, before firing a fierce effort in off the post to seal victory.

Forward: Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Kodjia made it five goals in last three Villa Park outings, scoring both in a 2-0 win over Norwich City.

The first was beautifully taken after cutting inside, and he pounced on a hesitant defence to wrap up the win.

How many goals today, @J_Kodjia? ✌️

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) April 1, 2017

Forward: Shola Ameobi (Notts County)

Two goals from Ameobi took Notts County up to 16th in the table as they put a dent in Colchester United’s Play-Off hopes.

With the scores level at 1-1, the 35-year-old scored a fine volley, before heading home to put the game beyond doubt.

Forward: John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Now the leading scorer in the EFL, Marquis fired his first hat-trick for the club to put Doncaster on the brink of promotion.

Grimsby Town were on the receiving end of the striker’s prolific finishing, with Rovers running out emphatic 5-1 winners at Blundell Park.

Manager: John Coleman (Accrington Stanley)

Accrington extended their unbeaten run to 12 games, courtesy of a 1-0 win away at title-chasing Plymouth Argyle on Saturday afternoon.

After two straight clean sheets with Aaron Chapman in goal, Coleman made the tough decision to recall Marek Rodak following his return from international duty, but it proved inspired, as the Slovakian stopper performed outstandingly in the triumph.

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