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Team of the Week: 3rd-5th November 2017

6 November 2017

After a full programme of Sky Bet Championship fixtures, it’s that time once again. Twelve games, 12 winners – we've tried to keep it fair! Here's the Team of the Week...

Goalkeeper: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough)

Marcus Tavernier’s sixth-minute strike proved enough for Middlesbrough to take all three points against Sunderland in the Tees-Wear derby at the Riverside Stadium.

Just moments beforehand, Randolph made a fine double save to keep out the visitors, and looked assured throughout, thwarting the Black Cats in their search for an equaliser.

Defender: Zeki Fryers (Barnsley)

Barnsley recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over Birmingham City at Oakwell, with Zeki Fryers forming part of the Tykes’ defence which kept a clean sheet.

Defensive glory wasn’t the only thing which came his way either, as he netted his side’s second of the afternoon from a free-kick.

Defender: Yoann Barbet (Brentford)

The aforementioned Fryers wasn’t alone in terms of goalscoring defenders in the Sky Bet Championship.

Brentford’s Barbet repeated Fryers’ free-kick feat, and it was his cross which led to the Bees’ opener in the 3-1 home triumph against Leeds United.

Defender: Ben Turner (Burton Albion)

Burton claimed their first away league win of the campaign, with Nigel Clough’s men edging out Millwall at The Den.

The Brewers' defenders were made to work hard, with Turner resolute alongside his colleagues, putting his body on the line to help earn a clean sheet and three points which took them out of the bottom three.

Defender: Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town)

Spence made a significant contribution to Ipswich Town’s 3-0 victory over Preston North End, as the defender weighed in with two assists.

After Martyn Waghorn had given the Tractors Boys a first-half advantage, Spence then set up David McGoldrick and Bersant Celina respectively, lifting the hosts up to seventh in the standings.

Midfielder: Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City)

It’s now three league wins on the bounce for Bristol City after getting the better of Cardiff City at Ashton Gate.

Callum O’Dowda opened the scoring in the Severnside derby with a sweet strike, and was a constant threat all afternoon as the Robins closed the gap on the Bluebirds in the Championship standings.

Midfielder: Jacob Butterfield (Sheffield Wednesday)

Sheffield Wednesday ended Aston Villa’s unbeaten home 2017/18 league record, with Jacob Butterfield turning in an assured display at Villa Park.

The on-loan midfielder excelled in the centre of the park, pulling the strings in an all-action performance as the Owls ran out 2-1 winners.

Midfielder: Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Neves produced a midfield masterclass on Friday night as Wolverhampton Wanderers maintained their position at the top of the table, courtesy of a 2-0 victory at home to Fulham.

The 20-year-old was composed in everything he did, showing the stunning form which saw him earn a call-up to the Portugal's senior squad last week.

Striker: Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers)

Madine got himself a goal, before laying on an assist, in Bolton Wanderers’ 2-1 success at the Macron Stadium against Norwich City.

It’s a win which lifted Phil Parkinson’s side off the foot of the table, and it means the Trotters have taken nine points from their last five outings.

Striker: Leon Clarke (Sheffield United)

Clarke’s inclusion will come as no surprise, after he found the net four times – including the perfect hat-trick – in Sheffield United’s clash with Hull City.

The Blades had trailed to Kamil Grosicki’s strike in the opening period, but then Clarke stole the show after the interval, firing the Blades to a 4-1 win over the Tigers.

Striker: Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest)

Nottingham Forest emphatically saw off Queens Park Rangers at the City Ground, with Walker bagging a brace in the 4-0 win.

The striker started and finished the scoring with two well-taken efforts in what was a dominant performance by Mark Warburton's men.

Manager: Jaap Stam (Reading)

Derby County had been on a four-game winning streak prior to their clash with Stam’s Reading, but the Dutchman watched his side superbly end that run at Pride Park.

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