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EFL: Team of the Week 17th-19th November

20 November 2017

Following an action-packed weekend in the EFL, we’ve picked out an XI of the top performers. And here they are…

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury Town)

Shrewsbury extended their lead at the top of Sky Bet League One, following a superb 2-1 win at Rotherham United.

The Shrews’ stopper brilliantly denied EFL top scorer Kieffer Moore from the penalty spot in the first half, and made a number of other saves as they earned maximum points despite being down to 10 men.

Defender: Clint Hill (Carlisle United)

Hill put in a determined defensive display, helping his Carlisle side preserve a clean sheet in Saturday’s trip to Grimsby Town.

The evergreen 39-year-old then popped up at the other end, heading home the game’s only goal with 20 minutes to play.

Defender: Ian Evatt (Chesterfield)

The EFL’s bottom side secured an important victory against high-flying Exeter City, bringing themselves to within four points of Sky Bet League Two safety.

Kristian Dennis grabbed the game’s only goal, but Spireites’ 36-year-old skipper Evatt was imperious in defence as the Grecians failed to break through.

Defender: Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham)

Gillingham were made to work hard for all three points in Saturday’s trip to Walsall, especially after Max Ehmer was dismissed for two bookable offences with 20 minutes left to play.

However, the Gills held firm, with Ehmer’s central defensive partner Zakuani making some key blocks, ensuring that Conor Wilkinson’s first-half goal was enough for victory.

Midfielder: Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United)

While Duane Holmes scored two goals in Scunthorpe’s 3-0 win at Northampton, Adelakun continued to be the Cobblers’ tormentor-in-chief, grabbing a trio of assists at Sixfields.

The winger had scored the decisive goal in the midweek FA Cup Replay between the pair, and he teed up Cameron Burgess and Holmes twice in another dazzling display.

Midfielder: Jorge Grant (Notts County)

Notts County remained top of Sky Bet League Two following a 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town, and Jorge Grant continued his goalscoring form with a brace at Meadow Lane.

There was a touch of fortune about his second, a deflected free-kick, but his first was a fine finish which took him into double figures for the season.

Midfielder: Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers)

Dack pulled all the strings as Blackburn heaped more misery on Bury, creating two goals for Marcus Antonsson in the 3-0 win at Gigg Lane.

The midfielder then rounded off an excellent performance with a goal for himself, adding the gloss with an effort from outside the box.

Midfielder: Albert Adomah (Aston Villa)

Despite an injury crisis at Villa Park, Steve Bruce’s men came out on top in their weekend clash with Queens Park Rangers.

Adomah was the Villans’ hero at Loftus Road, coolly converting a penalty and grabbing the winner with a fine low drive on his weaker foot.

Forward: Eoin Doyle (Oldham Athletic)

Doyle impressed up front against for Oldham, who returned to winning ways with a 3-1 triumph against local foes Rochdale.

The Irish striker helped himself to two goals in the victory, including a sweet volley which was named Sky Bet League One Goal of the Weekend.

Forward: Craig Mackail-Smith (Wycombe Wanderers)

Mackail-Smith delivered a finishing masterclass in Wycombe’s emphatic 4-0 win over Crawley Town on Saturday.

Linking up superbly with strike partner Bayo Akinfenwa, the 33-year-old hit three expertly taken goals in an 11-minute second-half spell.

Forward: Danny Hylton (Luton Town)

The goals keep coming for Luton, and Hylton was the main benefactor during the Hatters’ 7-0 demolition of Cambridge United.

While there were some stunning goals scored at Kenilworth Road, the striker was in the right place at the right time to score three close-range efforts for a fine hat-trick, while also teeing up Elliot Lee for the fourth.

Manager: Nathan Jones (Luton Town)

Not for the first time, Jones gets Manager of the Week after leading his Luton side to yet another rampant victory.

Following an 8-2 win over Yeovil Town and a 7-1 against Stevenage, the Welshman’s side delivered another stunning display to put seven past Cambridge without reply.

It’s easy to make a case for more inclusions, with brothers Elliot and Olly Lee also starring, but it’s just the two in the this week’s selection for the high-flying Hatters!


*Due to popular demand, we've added a substitutes' bench, containing some of the players who can count themselves unlucky not to have made our final selection. Here are the seven...


John Ruddy (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City), Marc Roberts (Birmingham City), George Saville (Millwall), Pablo Hernandez (Leeds United), Elliot Lee (Luton Town), Billy Sharp (Sheffield United), Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers)

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