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Sky Bet EFL: Team of Midweek

2 February 2017

It's EFL Team of Midweek time!

With a selection of midweek matches taking place in the EFL, we've picked out 11 players and a manager who impressed over the Tuesday and Wednesday night fixtures.

Goalkeeper: Alex Smithies (Queens Park Rangers)

QPR were rewarded for their efforts against Newcastle United with a late point, but they had Smithies to thank for a Man-of-the-Match display at St James' Park.

🌟 @SkyBet Man of the Match 🌟@QPRFC’s man between the sticks pulled off some fine saves live on @SkySports this evening. 👏 pic.twitter.com/o2UuT5W5Gh

— EFL (@EFL) February 1, 2017

The stopper made several fine saves in the second half to prevent the Magpies pulling away before the visitors grabbed their last-gasp leveller.

Defender: Scott Malone (Fulham)

Malone helped Fulham to a clean sheet as they picked up three points from their midweek trip to Burton Albion.

Alongside his defensive duties, the left-back offered an attacking outlet throughout and rounded off the 2-0 win with a goal.

Defender: Pontus Jansson (Leeds United)

As he has been so often this season, Jansson was a rock at the back for Leeds as they were made to work hard for victory at Blackburn Rovers.

After another outstanding display from the Swede, he popped up at the other end to head home a late winner for the promotion chasers.

📷 @PJansson5 celebrating his 89th minute winner pic.twitter.com/3awnKwnd5Q

— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 1, 2017

Defender: Jack Barthram (Cheltenham Town)

Cheltenham picked up an impressive three points away at Luton Town in midweek, with Barthram playing his part at both ends of the pitch.

The full-back was alert to clear an effort off the line, and he showed composure up the other end to score the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Night.

Carl Winchester ➡️ @JackBarthram13 ➡️ back of the net!

This incisive @CTFCofficial breakaway is Tuesday's @SkyBetLeagueTwo#GoalOfTheNight! pic.twitter.com/qMDnv8OheV

— Sky Bet League Two (@SkyBetLeagueTwo) February 2, 2017

Midfielder: Tom Ince (Derby County)

Derby came racing out of the blocks on Tuesday night, scoring twice in the opening 12 minutes on their way to a 3-0 triumph.

Ince teed up Craig Bryson for the game's opening goal, before cutting in and firing home an unstoppable effort to double the advantage.



Midfielder: Liam Kelly (Reading)

Another Reading win, and another impressive performance from Liam Kelly in the midfield.

The 21-year-old was the driving force in the 1-0 win at Birmingham City, and played his part in a neat move which led to John Swift's winner.

ICYMI: @JordanObita and @L_Kelly95 combined to tee up @JohnSwift8 for the only goal in Birmingham yesterday. Watch again! pic.twitter.com/f1e5IpJ4UT

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 1, 2017

Midfielder: David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Just days after knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup, Wolves produced another impressive away display to pick up three points in the Sky Bet Championship.

This time it was the Reds of Barnsley who were swept aside, with Edwards bagging a brace in the 3-1 success.



Midfielder: David Wheeler (Exeter City)

Exeter are unstoppable at the moment, winning their last six games, going 11 unbeaten and climbing to fourth in Sky Bet League Two.

Wheeler is one of the reasons behind that form with six goals in as many games after netting the opener against Wycombe Wanderers, and he notched an assist too in the 4-2 home win.



Forward: Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City)

Zohore turned 23 on Tuesday night, and he celebrated his birthday with a Man-of-the-Match performance in the 2-0 win over Preston North End.

The Danish attacker gave the Cardiff fans a gift of their own with a magical solo goal which earned the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Night.

Go @KZohore, it's your birthday... 🎉

The @CardiffCityFC man celebrated turning 23 in style with Tuesday's @SkyBetChamp#GoalOfTheNight! pic.twitter.com/6S6Kf5Zxkx

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) February 2, 2017

Forward: Lasse Vibe (Brentford)

Scott Hogan may have departed for Aston Villa, but Brentford have still got that Vibe, and he dismantled the Villans in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Tuesday night.

The second Dane and the third Scandinavian in our line-up scored two goals in the 3-0 Griffin Park success.

MAN OF THE MATCH: All the Bees were buzzing tonight - but take a bow @LasseVibe - @SkyBet#ManOfTheMatch! pic.twitter.com/XjHkkrpuZP

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) January 31, 2017

Forward: Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest)

Another two-goal hero in midweek, Assombalonga hit both goals as Forest recorded a 2-0 win over Rotherham United.

After winning a penalty, he dusted himself off to open the scoring, and doubled his tally soon after to seal victory.



Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town)

After failing to see his side register a goal at home in four games, Way and his Yeovil players chose the perfect time to end the drought, against south-west foes Plymouth Argyle.

First-half goals from Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey finally gave the Huish Park crowd something to cheer, and secured a 2-1 win as the Glovers upset their promotion-chasing rivals.


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