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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

8 May 2017

The EFL regular season has come to an end, and what a sensational weekend of football it was.

It was a chance to make yourself a hero, and there’s plenty of those in this week’s selection. So here, in association with FIFA 17 Ultimate Team, is the final EFL Team of the Week of 2016/17.

Goalkeeper: James McKeown (Grimsby Town) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

McKeown was in inspired form on the final day of the Sky Bet League Two season, which came at a cost to league-leading Plymouth Argyle.

The Grimsby goalie produced a string of fine saves to deny the Pilgrims, which saw them beaten to first place by Portsmouth.

Defender: Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Cardiff City signed off their season in style with an emphatic 3-0 win away at Huddersfield Town, who will be competing in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs this weekend.

Bennett was a star performer, scoring twice from the left wing-back position, while Kenneth Zohore deserves a mention, setting both goals up and scoring the other himself.

Defender: Rory McArdle (Bradford City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

The big man for the big moment, McArdle scored the first goal of this season’s Play-Offs, towering home to give Bradford City a one-goal advantage over Fleetwood Town.

In the second leg, McArdle stood tall at the back to deny the Cod Army, and the Bantams are on their way to Wembley for a shot at Sky Bet League One promotion.

Defender: Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Birmingham City secured Sky Bet Championship survival on Sunday, after Harry Redknapp guided them to a second successive victory, away at Bristol City.

The Blues led early on, but found themselves under constant pressure as they looked to preserve the lead, and Morrison was a rock at the back to keep the Robins at bay.

Defender: DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Newcastle were crowned champions in a thrilling Sky Bet Championship on Sunday afternoon, but there wasn’t too much drama on the St James’ Park pitch.

Yedlin was an attacking threat throughout the Magpies’ 3-0 win over Barnsley, setting up the goal that put them on their way, and he also made a crucial block in the second half to deny the Tykes.

Midfielder: Tariqe Fosu (Colchester United) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Colchester did all they could in the push for a Sky Bet League Two Play-Off place, but were denied late on by a Carlisle United winner.

Fosu was the key man for the U’s, scoring both goals as they bowed out with a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town.

Midfielder: Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Prior to kick-off against Queens Park Rangers, Hoolahan was announced as Norwich’s Player of the Season, and he went on to show why with an influential performance.

The Irish midfielder scored the first and last goals, and set up the two in between — for Alex Pritchard and Josh Murphy — as the Canaries eased to a 4-0 success.

Midfielder: Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Portsmouth secured the Sky Bet League Two in style on the final day, climbing from third to first courtesy of a 6-1 win over Cheltenham Town, while the top two both dropped points.

A number of Pompey players staked their claim for selection, but we’ve opted for Naismith who netted twice on a memorable Fratton Park evening.

Forward: Steve Morison (Millwall) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Morison drew a blank in the first leg of Millwall’s Play-Off Semi-Final with Scunthorpe United, but he stepped up in the second leg to fire the Lions to Wembley.

The 33-year-old netted the equaliser on Sunday evening, before making one and scoring the other in a thrilling 3-2 win at Glanford Park. Next stop, Wembley.

Forward: Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra)

With all the twists and turns going on around them in Sky Bet League Two, Crewe Alexandra delivered a fine performance to beat Barnet 4-1 at Gresty Road.

Dagnall was the man of the moment, hitting two first-half goals, completing his hat-trick after the break, and then setting up George Cooper to round off the Railwaymen’s season finale.

Forward: Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) >> FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™ Database

Nottingham Forest found themselves in the Sky Bet Championship bottom three for a period on Sunday, with both Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City winning on the final day.

But Britt Assombalonga sealed Forest’s survival with a crucial brace in a 3-0 win, and he would have taken home the match ball had it not been for a superb penalty save by Ipswich Town’s Bartosz Bialkowski.

Manager: Mike Flynn (Newport County)

The Great Escape has been completed. With Newport looking down and out when he took over in March, Flynn helped the club claw themselves to the brink of safety.

They looked down and out again when Hartlepool United took the lead against Doncaster Rovers. But with the new-found spirit instilled by the Exiles’ boss, they dug in and grabbed a last-gasp winner against Notts County to preserve their EFL status.

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