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Sky Bet EFL: Team of Midweek

15 February 2017

It was a memorable night of action in the EFL, with the Valentine's Day fixtures producing 100 goals and plenty of fine performances.

It wasn't easy, but we've picked out 11 star players and a manager to make up our EFL Team of Midweek. Here it is...

Goalkeeper: Luke Daniels (Scunthorpe United)

Scunthorpe were restricted to a point at home to Walsall on Tuesday night, but it was one they were thankful for after Daniels' display.

The stopper made key saves from Simeon Jackson, Joe Edwards and Erhun Oztumer to help earn the Iron a 0-0 draw with the Saddlers.

Defender: Enda Stevens (Portsmouth)

Portsmouth made it two home wins in four days, with Stevens effective at both ends in the 2-0 victory over Blackpool.

The full-back crossed for Gareth Evans to open the scoring, but also made a superb second-half block to deny the Tangerines an equaliser.

Defender: Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic)

Clarke produced another fine performance as Oldham picked up a second successive victory, helping them climb to 19th in Sky Bet League One.

The Latics' skipper stood tall against Charlton Athletic, making key blocks and dealing with all that was thrown his way in the 1-0 win.

Reaching out & taking 3 points. Capt Peter Clarke.

— Graham Lambert (@InspiralGraham) February 14, 2017

Defender: Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday)

Sheffield Wednesday further cemented their place in the Sky Bet Championship top six with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Sasso was the unlikely hero, popping up from defence to net both goals for the promotion-chasing Owls.

Defender: Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic)

Wolverhampton Wanderers were the only Sky Bet Championship side not to score on Valentine's Day, with Wigan able to keep them at bay.

Buxton was key to that with a determined defensive display, and he grabbed a late winner to earn the Latics three vital points.

REACTION: Unlikely goal hero @JakeBuxton1 on last gasp @OfficialWolves winner: 'That was for the fans!' >>>

— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) February 15, 2017

Defender: Jason Demetriou (Southend United)

Southend brought Oxford United's winning run to a halt, with Demetriou impressing in defence and  attack.

The hosts were stifled by the Shrimpers, and the full-back's cross for Marc-Antoine Fortune put them on their way to victory.

Midfielder: Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City)

Harris starred for Cardiff in a topsy-turvy encounter against Derby County at Pride Park.

The Bluebirds were two goals down early on, but the winger's brace inspired a comeback in a last-gasp 4-3 triumph.

Midfielder: Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town)

It was the perfect evening for Smith, who took home the matchball after grabbing his first ever career hat-trick in Crawley's 3-2 win at Colchester United.

The Reds skipper scored with his head, right foot and left foot to claim the EFL Star of the Night honour.

Midfielder: Gavin Massey (Leyton Orient)

Leyton Orient earned the EFL Result of the Night, and Massey played a major role in their 3-2 away success at Plymouth Argyle.

Massey scored early, but the O's were trailing late on until the winger added a second, before Sandro Semedo's dramatic late winner at Home Park.

Forward: Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley)

Barnsley bumped into a couple of old flames at Villa Park on Valentines Day, but it was all about Bradshaw as the Tykes heaped more misery on Aston Villa.

The striker grabbed two goals in the 3-1 win, leaving the Villans winless in eight matches.

West Midlands? Completed it mate. 👍👍

— Barnsley FC (@bfc_official) February 14, 2017

Forward: Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley)

On a goal-filled evening, the highest-scoring game came at Field Mill, where Mansfield Town and Accrington played out a memorable 4-4 draw.

Stanley were denied by a late equaliser, but Kee hit two – including a superb lob – as John Coleman's men grabbed an impressive point at the in-form Stags.

Manager: David Artell (Crewe Alexandra)

Artell picked up a second straight success, with a 2-1 win over Play-Off chasing Wycombe Wanderers proving Saturday's 5-0 rout of Grimsby Town was no fluke.

After an 11-game winless run, two triumphs in four days for Crewe have seen the Railwaymen build up a six-point cushion between themselves and the bottom two.

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