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Team of the Week: 1st-2nd December 2017

4 December 2017

Championship action, with a sprinkling of League One... here's the EFL Team of the Week!

Goalkeeper: Mark Oxley (Southend United)

The first of two League One players to make the selection from a heavily reduced schedule, Oxley gets the nod after performing heroics in Southend’s win over Oldham Athletic.

A goal either side of the break sealed a 2-0 win, but it was the goalkeeper’s phenomenal penalty save that preserved the lead prior to Josh Wright’s second-half strike.

Defender: Ben Davies (Preston North End)

Preston spent the majority of their clash with QPR up against 10 men, but they didn’t have it all their own way, eventually sealing three points late on through Jordan Hugill.

At the other end, the Lilywhites stood firm, and Davies impressed playing on the left and in the centre of defence during the 90 minutes.

Defender: Sean Morrison (Cardiff City)

Another appearance in the Team of the Week for Morrison, who stood strong at the heart of the Cardiff defence, and proved a nuisance at the other end too.

Tough in the tackle to stem the Norwich’s threat, he also won a penalty as the Bluebirds closed the gap at the top to one point.

Defender: Mark Little (Bolton Wanderers)

Gary Madine struck twice during Bolton’s 3-1 win to earn EFL Star of the Day, but we’ve opted for Little as the club’s representative in our selection after a breathtaking attacking display.

The rampaging right-back put the first on a plate for the Trotters’ striker, and he rounded off a Man of the Match performance with a fine solo strike — his first for the club.

Midfielder: Sergi Canos (Brentford)

Canos has been in fine form of late, and he got the goal that his recent performances deserved during Brentford’s 3-1 win over West London rivals, Fulham.

The young Spaniard pulled the strings throughout and, like Little, earned the Man of the Match honours for his dazzling midfield display.

Midfielder: George Thorne (Derby County)

Welcome back, George Thorne! The Derby midfielder returned to the starting line-up for the first time since breaking his leg in May 2016, and he delivered a performance like he’d never been away.

An all-action display in the heart of midfield earned him plaudits aplenty, as the Rams edged out rivals Burton Albion courtesy of Johnny Russell’s late strike.

Midfielder: Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town)

Ipswich played out a six-goal thriller against Nottingham Forest, eventually coming out on top by four goals to two at Portman Road.

The on-loan Everton man starred, scoring the first and creating the third as the Tractor Boys kept pace with the play-off chasing pack.

Midfielder: Mo Barrow (Reading)

Barrow was at the double as Reading recorded a second straight victory, climbing to 14th in the Championship.

Sunderland were on the receiving end of a fine Royals performance, with the Gambian winger hitting two in a four-minute spell to help his side to a 3-1 success at the Stadium of Light.

Forward: Lee Gregory (Millwall)

Gregory starred for Millwall as they notched the EFL Result of the Day — a 3-1 home success against high-flying Sheffield United.

Starting and finishing the move for the first goal in some style, the number nine created the second with a fantastic tackle in midfield and precise through-ball for Mahlon Romeo to finish.

Forward: Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday)

Three points weren’t to be for Hooper and Sheffield Wednesday, but the forward did demonstrate his goalscoring prowess with both goals in the 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Trailing 1-0, the 29-year-old was in the right place at the right time to turn the game on its head, before the Tigers salvaged a point at the death.

Forward: Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers)

Another League One representative, Harrison delivered a lively attacking display to help Rovers to a 2-1 win against Rotherham United.

Neither side went into the game in top form, but the Welshman showed persistence to poke home an equaliser, before teeing up Liam Sercombe to complete the turnaround and earn maximum points.

Manager: Lee Johnson (Bristol City)

Johnson said it was hard to single anyone out during Bristol City’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough, and we have to agree with the boss!

The Robins moved up to third in the Championship with a brilliant all-round performance, which saw full-backs on the scoresheet, centre-backs assisting, and goalscorer Jamie Paterson left with egg on his face…

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