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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

24 April 2017

After another weekend of enthralling action, here's our EFL Team of the Week, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

Goalkeeper: Joe Day (Newport County) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Newport escaped the clutches of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone with three points, ending Accrington Stanley’s 15-match unbeaten run in the process.

One of the keys to success was the performance of Day, who made a handful of fine stops on his way to a clean sheet in the 1-0 win.

Defender: Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Shrewsbury all but ensured their Sky Bet League One survival after defeating Southend United 1-0, and Brown played his part at both ends of the pitch.

A fine first-half block denied Ryan Leonard opening the scoring, and the left-back then nodded in the winner after the break to win the game.

Defender: Rhys Bennett (Mansfield Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Mansfield continued their quest for a Sky Bet League Two Play-Off place with a 1-0 win at Stevenage, moving them within a point of their opponents.

Bennett stood firm at the back for the Stags to repel the hosts, who have been on fine form in 2017, and he played his part in the game’s only goal, emphatically finished off by Danny Rose.

Defender: Tony McMahon (Bradford City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

McMahon paid tribute to former team-mate Ugo Ehiogu in a superb display which saw Bradford City ensure their spot in the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs.

Converting a first-half penalty, the full-back added a coolly taken second after fine work from Mark Marshall, rounding off a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

Midfielder: Jota (Brentford) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

If he wasn’t worshipped enough by the Brentford faithful already, Jota made sure of it by scoring a brace in a 3-1 win over west London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

Four minutes after scoring from the spot, the Spaniard brilliantly controlled a diagonal ball into his path, cut back, and slotted home to restore a two-goal cushion.

That touch, that turn, that finish @KingJota 🔥🔥🔥

— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) April 23, 2017

Midfielder: Stefan Johansen (Fulham) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Fulham blew away fellow promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town with a stunning four-goal blitz in the first half at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Johansen, who made our Team of Easter selection, was the pick of the bunch with two well-taken goals in the 4-1 win.

Midfielder: Luke O’Nien (Wycombe Wanderers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Three points against Doncaster Rovers kept Wycombe’s hopes of a top-seven finish alive, and O’Nien was the star of the show in the 2-1 triumph.

A close-range header after nine minutes put the Chairboys in front against the Sky Bet League Two leaders, and he was on hand to score the decisive goal just after the half-hour mark.

Midfielder: Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Peterborough United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Peterborough’s teenage star netted his first EFL goals, scoring twice in the crushing 4-1 win against Bristol Rovers.

His first was a sweetly struck low effort into the far corner, while there was a touch of fortune about his second as it squirmed under the Rovers goalkeeper.

Forward: Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

It’s 200 up for Sharp, with the Sheffield United captain reaching the landmark milestone in a 3-0 away at Milton Keynes Dons.

Quarter of an hour later, it was 201 — another emphatic strike taking the EFL’s top scorer to 29 goals for the season.

Forward: Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Nottingham Forest eased their relegation fears with an impressive 3-2 win over high-flying Reading, and Assombalonga showed his striking prowess by scoring twice in the triumph.

A neat, flicked finish from the Congolese front man put Forest on their way, and a fine header just after the break proved enough for victory.

Forward: Conor McAleny (Oxford United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Millwall’s impressive home form was halted in some style, as Oxford ran out 3-0 winners at The Den, leaving the Lions needing victory on the final day to guarantee their top-six finish.

McAleny was the architect of their downfall, with the Everton loanee crashing in a long-range opener and a curling effort within the opening 10 minutes.

Manager: Paul Tisdale (Exeter City)

With the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off race tighter than ever, three points are vital — and that’s what Exeter got thanks to a late show against Morecambe.

Tisdale’s late substitutions had the desired impact, with Reuben Reid and Liam McAlinden coming off the bench late on to both score in stoppage time, giving the fifth-placed Grecians some breathing space between themselves and the chasing pack.

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