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Team of the Week: Matchday 43

16 April 2018

Team of the Week time! Our selection of 11 standout players, and a manager, from the latest round of EFL fixtures.

Josh Lillis: Peterborough United 0-1 Rochdale

A string of saves from Lillis helped 10-man Dale hang on for a vital win in their battle for survival. The clean sheet was his 19th in all competitions this season.

George Friend: Middlesbrough 2-1 Bristol City

Friend may have got himself on the scoresheet, but it was his all-round efforts which earns him a spot, delivering a dominant defensive display in a vital win for Boro.

Ash Taylor: Bury 2-3 Northampton Town

The Cobblers were in desperate need of three points and they got them thanks to a double from the centre-back, in a game which confirmed their opponents' relegation.

Antony Kay: Port Vale 1-0 Lincoln City

A clean sheet and a goal for Kay resulted in maximum points for the Valiants, and put any lingering doubts about relegation to bed against a side fighting for promotion.

Malvind Benning: Chesterfield 0-1 Mansfield Town

A fine defensive display kept out local rivals Chesterfield, but the full-back was even more effective going forward, netting the goal to take the Stags back into the top seven.

Junior Hoilett: Norwich City 0-2 Cardiff City

Back-to-back losses had seen Cardiff drop to third, but an energetic display and a wonderful goal from the winger helped put the Bluebirds back on the promotion trail.

Luke Murphy: Burton Albion 3-1 Derby County

Relegation was a possibility on Saturday, but a goal and an assist from Murphy saw the Brewers end their 17-game winless run at the Pirelli and restore hope of survival.

Dean Parrett: Walsall 2-3 AFC Wimbledon

A stunning comeback from the Dons, with Parrett in midfield taking things by the scruff of the neck and coolly converting a stoppage-time penalty for three crucial points.

Jordan Ponticelli: Crawley Town 1-2 Coventry City

A first EFL goal last weekend for Ponticelli was followed up with a brace, with his two goals sinking Crawley and strengthening the Sky Blues' push for the play-offs.

Barry Corr: Stevenage 0-2 Cambridge United

Netting for the first time since February last year, Corr came off the bench to inspire the U's to victory with two goals in this local affair.

Callum Robinson: Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Preston North End

Preston's play-off chase is still very much on after Robinson's brace led to a crucial comeback victory at Loftus Road.

Gary Bowyer: Blackpool 2-1 Fleetwood Town

Bowyer's late substitutions lifted his side as they came from a goal down to deny their local rivals a maiden win between the two sides, making it three home triumphs in a week.


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