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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

1 May 2017

It's time for the EFL Team of the Week, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

With just one weekend of the regular season remaining, this is our penultimate selection of 2016/17. And here it is...

Goalkeeper: Connor Ripley (Oldham Athletic) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Ripley made sure his final game in an Oldham shirt was one to remember, keeping out AFC Wimbledon on multiple occasions in a goalless draw at Kingsmeadow.

The Middlesbrough loanee’s clean sheet was his 18th in the league, and 19th in all competitions, equalling a Latics club record.

Defender: Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Defensively sound, and a constant attacking outlet down the left-hand side, Williams produced a first-class display as Blackburn kept alive their hopes of Sky Bet Championship survival.

After helping Rovers to a 1-0 win over Villa on Saturday, the 24-year-old was named the club’s Player of the Season at their end-of-season award ceremony 24 hours later.

Defender: Aden Flint (Bristol City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Bristol City confirmed heir Sky Bet Championship status courtesy of a 1-0 win over table-topping Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening.

Flint was named Man of the Match for his performance, standing firm as the Seagulls threw everything in search of the goals which would have seen them crowned champions.

Defender: David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Bolton secured promotion from Sky Bet League One courtesy of a 3-0 win over Peterborough United on Sunday lunchtime.

The centre-back was key at both ends, making a vital block to keep Wanderers 1-0 up, and then scoring the second goal to put the game to bed.

Defender: Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Portsmouth held out impressively against Play-Off chasing Mansfield Town, securing a 1-0 win which gives them a shot at the Sky Bet League Two title on the final day.

Burgess put his body on the line to deny the Stags a way through, and his efforts were rewarded when Carl Baker fired home a Pompey winner.

Defender: Jake Taylor (Exeter City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

An all-action performance from Taylor helped Exeter secure a Play-Off place, as they knocked Doncaster Rovers off their perch with a stunning 3-1 win at the Keepmoat.

After a fine first-half display in the centre of midfield, the 25-year-old then switched to right-back, looking equally assured to stem the hosts’ attacking threat.

Midfielder: Shane Ferguson (Millwall) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

A dramatic afternoon at the Memorial Stadium saw Millwall hold on to the fourth and final Play-Off spot, courtesy of a 4-3 win at Bristol Rovers.

Ferguson’s set-pieces were instrumental, with three of the goals — including Shaun Hutchinson’s late winner — coming from the Northern Ireland international’s corners.

Midfielder: Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Birmingham took a huge step towards Sky Bet Championship safety courtesy of a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town, and Gardner was a stand-out performer.

His cross led to the opener for the 10-man Blues, and he wrapped up the points from the penalty spot to give Harry Redknapp his first win in charge.

Midfielder: Curtis Weston (Barnet) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Barnet signed off their home campaign with a 3-1 triumph over Grimsby Town, with Weston helping himself to a goal and an assist.

A deft flick set up David Tutonda to score his first Bees goal, before being on hand to convert a loose ball, wrapping up three points and silencing the Mariners’ travelling Mariachi band!

Midfielder: Nicky Adams (Carlisle United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Adams provided the spark as Carlisle game back from a goal down to defeat Newport County and return into the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off places.

His corner caused chaos which enabled Jabo Ibehre to level matters, before curling a left-footed effort inside the far post to secure a 2-1 win.

Forward: Harvey Barnes (Milton Keynes Dons)

Like the goalkeeper in our selection, Barnes was another to sign off his loan spell in style, delivering a fine display to help MK to a top-half finish in Sky Bet League One.

A delightful pass teed up Robbie Muirhead for the opener, and the Leicester City loanee showed persistence, skill, and composure to round off the scoring in the 4-1 win at Walsall.

Manager: Nathan Jones (Luton Town)

Luton were all but assured a Play-Off place in Sky Bet League Two, but they made certain with an emphatic display at an Accrington Stanley side unbeaten at home in 2017.

The Hatters were put under pressure from the hosts, but Jones’ men stood firm, and were clinical going forward, easing to a 4-1 win and highlighting their promotion credentials.

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