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Team of the Week: 13th-15th October 2017

16 October 2017

It's Team of the Week time! Here's our latest selection following a full EFL schedule...

Goalkeeper: Dan Bentley (Brentford)

Brentford picked up their first home victory in eight games with a 1-0 triumph over Millwall at Griffin Park, and Bentley played an instrumental part in that.

Accompanying his clean sheet, the Bees’ ‘keeper preserved his side’s lead when he superbly kept out a Lee Gregory penalty 10 minutes from time.

Defender: Leandro Bacuna (Reading)

The Royals upset the odds to take all three points against Leeds United, thanks to Modou Barrow’s late strike at Elland Road.

Dutch full-back Bacuna made a crucial intervention in the minutes preceding his team-mates’ strike, superbly denying Jay-Roy Grot with a last-gasp challenge when the goal was at his mercy.

Defender: Ben Richards-Everton (Accrington Stanley)

Another 1-0 success came the way of Accrington Stanley, who got the better of Coventry City at the Wham Stadium.

Richards-Everton made a significant contribution to Stanley’s win, dealing superbly with anything the Sky Blues could throw at him and earning plaudits aplenty on social media.

Defender: Chris Basham (Sheffield United)

Basham’s header four minutes after the break proved enough for the Blades to earn all three points against Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane.

He carried out his defensive duties too, shifting from the centre to a right-wing back role as Chris Wilder's men proved too solid to break down.

Midfielder: Matty Taylor (Swindon Town)

Swindon recorded a fine 3-1 away at Mansfield Town, with the evergreen Taylor a key part of the Robins' victory.

The left foot of the 35-year-old provided Amine Linganzi and Johnny Goddard with two golden chances, which were duly converted in a win which took the Robins to eighth.

Midfielder: Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

The on-loan Atletico Madrid man turned in yet another superb display on Saturday evening, in Wolves’ 2-0 win against East Midlands rivals Aston Villa at Molineux.

His goal 10 minutes into the second half set the hosts on their way, and his trickery in the box played a huge part in the second goal, finished off by Leo Bonatini.

Midfielder: Luke Berry (Luton Town)

Berry’s inclusion speaks for itself, after the 25-year-old netted a hat-trick in Luton’s emphatic 7-1 rout against Stevenage at Kenilworth Road.

He opened the scoring just three minutes into proceedings, ahead of finishes with both his left and right feet, as he completed the perfect treble.

It was a stunning team performance from the Hatters, who had players queuing up for a place in this week's selection. Sorry it's just the one this time!

Midfielder: Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers)

Ameobi returned to the Macron Stadium with the first goal as Bolton finally recorded a first win of the season, defeating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.

The 25-year-old’s effort was also the Trotters’ first goal in nine matches, and he finished in some style too, with his curling left-footed effort from distance named Championship Goal of the Weekend.

Forward: Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth)

Hawkins’ brace was the difference between Pompey and Milton Keynes Dons at Fratton Park, on what was a comfortable afternoon for Kenny Jackett’s men.

After filling in as a makeshift centre-back recently, he was back in a more familiar role, and it showed with his two second-half strikes.

Forward: Tom Pope (Port Vale)

Another man at the double was Pope, whose two goals against Cheltenham Town went a long way to ending Port Vale’s 11-game wait for a win.

The 3-1 success gave Neil Aspin a first win as Valiants manager, and took his side out of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone.

Forward: Padraig Amond (Newport County)

Amond set the tone for Newport County, as the Exiles stormed to a comprehensive 4-0 away victory at Forest Green Rovers.

The forward struck twice in the first half, before Scott Bennett and Shawn McCoulsky rounded off a terrific afternoon’s work.

Manager: Steve Cotterill (Birmingham City)

It was a Friday of firsts for Steve Cotterill, as he guided Birmingham City to their first victory under him, in his maiden match in charge of the club.

Che Adams’ strike, 19 minutes in, proved the eventual difference against Cardiff City, who were the Sky Bet Championship league leaders going into the game.


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