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Team of the Week: 29th September - 1st October 2017

2 October 2017

It's Team of the Week time! Here is our selection of stand-out performers, and a special mention to several goalscorers who may feel hard done by...

Goalkeeper: Mark Oxley (Southend United)

Southend United picked up maximum points against Blackpool and Oxley was the hero as they held on to a 2-1 win.

The visitors were presented with the perfect opportunity to earn themselves a draw when awarded a stoppage-time penalty, but the Shrimpers’ stopper was equal to Jimmy Ryan’s effort.

Defender: Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Milton Keynes Dons)

A goal, a clean sheet, and a victory. That’s something Ebanks-Landell achieved multiple times in Sky Bet League One with Sheffield United last term, and he’s back at it again with MK Dons.

The defender didn’t put a foot wrong, preventing Bury from breaking through, and his header at the other end put the Dons on their way to a 2-0 win.

Defender: Matt Preston (Swindon Town)

Swindon went into their County Ground clash with Cambridge United without a home clean sheet, and with the worst home defensive record in the division.

Preston came into the heart of the defence to make his debut for the Robins, and he stood firm alongside his defensive colleagues to help shut out the U’s in a 2-0 triumph.

Defender: Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City)

Like Ebanks-Landell, Knight-Percival mirrored the feat of goal, clean sheet and victory, producing a commanding defensive display in an all-Yorkshire affair against Doncaster Rovers.

The Bantams kept their neighbours at bay, and the centre-back capped his performance off with the second of their two goals.

Midfielder: Kamil Grosicki (Hull City)

Any number of Hull players could have made this line-up, but we’ve opted for the man voted Man of the Match by the club’s fans on social media.

Grosicki was the pick of the bunch in the Tigers’ 6-1 rout of Birmingham City, scoring one, creating another, and delivering an all-round stellar display.

Midfielder: Tariqe Fosu (Charlton Athletic)

The first name down in this week’s selection, Fosu guaranteed himself a place by scoring a perfect hat-trick against Fleetwood Town.

Putting Charlton in front with a close-range header, the midfielder showed skills and pace when adding two more either side of the break.

Midfielder: Jack Payne (Oxford United)

Oxford pulled off an eye-catching 4-1 victory at high-flying Peterborough United on Saturday afternoon, and Payne was the architect of the Posh’s downfall.

Setting up the first three, he almost added a deserved goal for himself late on, but his effort was parried into the path of Agon Mehmeti, who made no mistake in adding the gloss.

Midfielder: James Maddison (Norwich City)

Maddison got things started in Norwich’s Saturday evening trip to Reading, firing home a stunning free-kick which was awarded the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Weekend.

And it was the midfielder’s delivery which unlocked the Royals again, curling in a corner for Cameron Jerome to head home the game’s winning goal.

Midfielder: Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Wolves were rampant at Burton Albion, putting four goals past their hosts in a dominant display at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Portuguese winger played a big part in three of those, teeing up Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre, before linking up with Matt Doherty for Leo Bonatini to eventually profit.

Forward: Danny Rose (Mansfield Town)

Saturday lunchtime saw Mansfield host table-topping Notts County in a Nottinghamshire derby, with The Matt Salmon Trophy on offer to the winners, along with three points and local bragging rights.

Rose was a thorn in the Magpies’ side throughout, scoring twice and creating the other in a fine 3-1 win for the Stags.

Forward: Jayden Stockley (Exeter City)

Another striker to help himself to two goals and an assist was Stockley, the star of the show as Exeter moved back level on points with Notts County at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

He was too hot to handle for visiting Morecambe, unleashing an emphatic finish for his first, and scoring the division’s goal of the weekend to add to his tally.

There were a host of two-goal strikers who missed out this week, so special mentions to Tom Bradshaw, Gary Hooper, Eoin Doyle, Will Grigg, Danny Hylton and Mohamed Eisa!

Manager: Leonid Slutsky (Hull City)

After overseeing such an emphatic home win, and with only one player in our starting line-up, Slutsky also takes the honour of Manager of the Week.

Following a dip in form, the Russian saw his Hull side score six goals, with six different scorers, in the 6-1 win over Birmingham.

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