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Team of the Week: Matchday 41

9 April 2018

Here's our selection from the latest round of EFL fixtures, including the standout performer from Sunday's Checkatrade Trophy Final...

John Ruddy: Cardiff City 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

A dramatic evening in Cardiff concluded with two unsuccessful penalties for the hosts. Ruddy superbly saved the first, which no doubt concerned Junior Hoilett as he struck the bar with the second. A title-clinching performance?

Alex Pearce: Derby County 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Derby are one of the sides looking over their shoulder, but a goal and a clean sheet from Pearce kept the play-off chasing pack at bay.

Danny Collins: Grimsby Town 1-0 Chesterfield

Just when it was needed, Collins excelled at the back for Grimsby as they kept out relegation rivals Chesterfield and ended their 20-game wait for a win.

Daniel Ayala: Middlesbrough 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Like Pearce, Ayala did the business at either end as Middlesbrough kept hold of their place in the Championship play-offs.

Harry Wilson: Hull City 4-0 Queens Park Rangers

The winger continues to impress, delivering another fine performance as Hull moved to the brink of safety. The Liverpool scored one and made another in the rout at the KCOM.

Joe Newell: Rotherham United 3-2 Fleetwood Town

Paul Warne ran out of superlatives for Newell, who was outstanding in a topsy-turvy affair. The scorer of a fine volley, he then created the winner for Richard Wood.

Elliott Whitehouse: Lincoln City 1-0 Shrewsbury Town

Checkatrade Trophy joy for the Imps, who marked their first Wembley appearance with victory. Whitehouse netted the crucial goal and was named Man of the Match for his all-action midfield display.

Josh Murphy: Norwich City 3-1 Aston Villa

Murphy tore Aston Villa apart, with a stunning curling effort setting the tone for his performance. He then ran through to set up James Maddison and thwart Villa's comeback.

Will Grigg: Wigan Athletic 5-1 Milton Keynes Dons

On fire. The Northern Ireland striker netted a treble against the club he used to play for on loan, taking his season tally to 23 in all competitions.

Nathan Delfouneso: Blackpool 5-0 Bradford City

Blackpool were rampant with Delfouneso the main man. He struck twice inside half an hour, before adding a third after the break to take home the match ball.

Jonathan Forte: Notts County 2-1 Coventry City

Forte was the star man as Notts County won a crucial encounter, netting twice to see off their play-off rivals and keep hopes of automatic promotion alive.

Neil Harris: Millwall 2-0 Bristol City

A huge game in the battle for the Championship play-offs was won by the in-form Lions; Harris' side are unbeaten at the Den since early November, and are 15 games unbeaten.

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