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Team of the Week: 20th-21st October 2017

23 October 2017

Here's the latest EFL Team of the Week after an action-packed EFL weekend...

Goalkeeper: Scott Flinders (Cheltenham Town)

Going into Saturday’s fixtures, Lincoln City had been on a five-game unbeaten run, but that was until Cheltenham Town got the better of them at Whaddon Road.

Playing a crucial part in the 1-0 triumph was Robins’ ‘keeper Flinders, who kept a clean sheet, and made a number of fine stops in the process.

Defender: Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town)

Sky Bet League One pacesetters Shrewsbury Town picked up three more points at the weekend, as they struck late to defeat Fleetwood Town 1-0 at Greenhous Meadow.

The man on the scoresheet was Aristote Nsiala. Following a determined defensive display, the centre-back headed home for his second goal of the campaign.

Defender: Chey Dunkley (Wigan Athletic)

Earning himself the EFL Star of the Day accolade was Wigan Athletic’s Dunkley. after the defender recovered from an early mistake to fire his side to victory at Blackpool.

Their opponents hadn’t been beaten on home turf prior to Saturday, but the defender struck his first two Latics goals in the win, and managed to get his hands on the match ball after a 'fake hat-trick!'

Defender: Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)

Lichaj was at the thick of the action, performing heroics at both ends of the pitch in Nottingham Forest's 2-0 win over Burton Albion

The American produced a fine goal line clearance with the scores level, and sealed victory with a neat finish. He marked his strike in style too, running the full length of the pitch to celebrate with the City Ground faithful.

Midfielder: Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford)

Brentford’s Dutch midfielder was at the heart of all three of the Bees’ goals in an impressive fightback against Sunderland.

Jozefzoon was the creator of the first and third goals, either side of his own stunning free-kick, as Dean Smith’s side came from 3-1 down to earn a share of the points at Griffin Park.

Midfielder: Erhun Oztumer (Walsall)

Striking twice in a four minute period, the playmaker gave Walsall a 2-0 lead, which would later be extended by Kieron Morris.

Known for his stunning strikes, Oztumer kept things simple this time around, taking the ball round the goalkeeper and converting from close range on both occasions in the success at Doncaster.

Midfielder: Ed Upson (Milton Keynes Dons)

A brace also came the way of Milton Keynes Dons midfielder Upson, who was the catalyst behind a superb late comeback against Oldham Athletic.

His free-kick on 56 minutes had temporarily reduced the deficit, but they trailed 4-2 until the closing stages, and the 27-year-old pounced again to rescue a point after Aidan Nesbitt had halved the lead.

Midfielder: Jevani Brown (Cambridge United)

The U’s man provided an inspirational display to help Cambridge United come from a goal down to defeat Chesterfield 2-1 at the Abbey Stadium.

He firstly curled home a terrific free-kick to level the scores and, in turn, get him off and running in the EFL. Then, with just 12 minutes left on the clock, his effort was parried into the path of Uche Ikpeazu, who finished off the rebound.

Forward: Samu Saiz (Leeds United)

In Saturday’s result of the day, Leeds United emphatically beat Bristol City 3-0 at Ashton Gate to end the home side’s 12-game unbeaten run.

Scoring twice in that win was Samu Saiz, with the Spaniard giving the Whites a 2-0 lead inside the opening 15 minutes.

Forward: Leo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Wolverhampton Wanderers maintained their spot at the top of the Sky Bet Championship thanks to a 3-2 home triumph over Preston North End.

Ivan Cavaleiro put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time, before Bonatini took centre stage by hitting a second-half brace.

Forward: Lewis Grabban (Sunderland)

The aforementioned Sunderland looked to be on their way to three points at Brentford, and scoring twice for the visitors was Grabban.

He showed composure with both finishes — the first from open play and, the second from the penalty spot, in between a Daniel Bentley own goal.

Manager: Neil Aspin (Port Vale)

Port Vale’s resurgence under new boss Neil Aspin continued on Saturday, as his Valiants side emerged 1-0 victors in an away encounter at Exeter City to climb up to 21st in Sky Bet League Two.

Tom Pope scored the only goal of the game at St James Park, making it six in four, in what was Aspin’s third successive win as Vale manager.


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