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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

16 January 2017

The EFL was back in full swing after last weekend's reduced schedule.

In association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team, we've pulled together a selection of this weekend's star performers to make up our latest EFL Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Sam Slocombe (Blackpool) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Slocombe was in exceptional form for Blackpool as they battled to a goalless draw at Cambridge.

The U's bombarded the Seasiders' goal, but the stopper stood firm and capped off a fine display with a penalty save to deny Luke Berry.

Defender: Scott Malone (Fulham) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Malone labelled his strike against Barnsley as the best of his career, volleying home the second goal in the victory at Craven Cottage.

🎥WATCH: Scott Malone reflects on the Barnsley victory and talks us through his brilliantly executed goal > ⚫️⚪️

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 16, 2017

He also kept the Tykes quiet with a sound defensive display in the 2-0 success.

Defender: Paul Huntington (Preston North End) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Preston's defence were at their very best at the weekend, keeping out table-topping Brighton & Hove Albion.

Huntington proved key at the other end, too, heading home the opening goal as the Lilywhites ended the Seagulls' 18-match unbeaten run.

Defender: Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Nsiala produced a determined defensive display as Shrewsbury ran out 1-0 winners against Bradford City.

The high-flying Bantams couldn't find a way past the Shrews' recent acquisition, and the hosts won the game through Freddie Ladapo's strike.

Defender: Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Connolly signed for Wigan on the eve of their match against Burton Albion, and had a debut to remember as the Latics picked up an important three points towards the bottom of the table.

The 19-year-old, brought in on loan from Everton, headed a goal in each half to seal victory.

Made up to have joined @LaticsOfficial on loan untill the end of the season, great start today, 3 points. Up the tics ⚽️⚽️

— Callum Connolly (@Callum1connolly) January 14, 2017

Midfielder: Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Walsall ended Sheffield United's six-match winning streak in style, romping to a 4-1 win over the Sky Bet League One leaders.

Osbourne was named the Saddlers' Man of the Match on social media after his all-action display nullified the threat of the Blades' in-form midfield.

📊 | A fantastic team performance from the #Saddlers today, but who was your man of the match?

— Walsall FC Official (@WFCOfficial) January 14, 2017

Midfielder: James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Coppinger was another midfield man to net twice at the weekend, with his first goal against Barnet restoring parity after Doncaster had briefly trailed.

The Rovers skipper doubled his tally with a low effort beyond the Bees' goalkeeper, sealing a 3-1 win for the Sky Bet League Two table-toppers.

Forward: Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Chaplin saw his first-half penalty brilliant saved, but he made amends by tapping home to give Portsmouth the lead against Leyton Orient.

The teenage forward sealed maximum points after the break, heading home a Carl Baker cross.

Forward: Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Lawrence has five goals in his last three Ipswich games after bagging a brace in a 3-2 win over Blackburn.

The versatile 23-year-old, who had a loan spell with Rovers last term, netted with a low free-kick, and then scored the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Weekend to settle proceedings at Portman Road.

Stop it, @TomLawrence99! 🙊🔥

The @Official_ITFC man takes the @SkyBetChamp#GoalOfTheWeekend honours with this stunner.

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) January 16, 2017

Forward: Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Pilkington was the Cardiff hero on Saturday lunchtime, scoring twice to secure a dramatic Severnside derby win against Bristol City.

After netting from the spot, the forward hit a stunning winner to secure three points and the bragging rights.

A finish worthy of winning any derby match, @Pilkington_11! 👏👏👏 🔵⚽🔵⚽

— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 16, 2017

Forward: James Vaughan (Bury) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Vaughan was named the EFL Star of the Day after scoring four goals in Bury's 5-1 demolition of Peterborough United.

The goals came in a 19-minute first-half spell, and led the Shakers to a first win since 27th September.

Bury FC: Just one last time #vaughan4 via @YouTube

— Bury Football Club (@buryfcofficial) January 16, 2017

Manager: Paul Lambert (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

There were a number of contenders for the honour this week, but Lambert gets the nod after guiding Wolves to a first Molineux win over Aston Villa since 1978.

Joe Mason's winning goal was enough to see off their Midlands rivals, capping off a fantastic team effort and giving the Scot victory over his former employers.

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