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Matchday 21: Team of the week

10 December 2018

Another fabulous weekend of EFL action done and there were some big performances across the leagues.


Here's our standout XI...




Grant Smith – Stevenage v Lincoln City

Was arguably the man of the match for the winning Imps, who won for the first time in three games. Smith was tested regularly in the Lincoln goal and made a flurry of good saves to help retain the three points for Lincoln




Luke Leahy – Walsall v Coventry City


Leahy scored twice in dramatic fashion in the final minutes to give his team a last gasp win at the Bescott Stadium. He scored a powerful header in stoppage time and then held his nerve to slot away a penalty with virtually the last kick of the game. 


Chris Basham– Reading v Sheffield United

Looked very solid yet again at the back for the Blades. Led the line well and limited Reading to virtually no chances as United secured a big win to take them 3rd.


Jordan Houghton – MK Dons v Carlisle United

Has been a rock all season for the high-flying Dons as they continued on their impressive run to stay top of the table. Houghton broke the deadlock with just his second goal of the season and helped marshal a resolute Dons defence. 




CJ Hamilton Mansfield Town v Notts County

He’s in TOTW again! The Stags midfielder has been integral to their current unbeaten run in the league, controlling the midfield once again here. His brace was the difference on Saturday and he looked a class apart at times. 


Mario Vrančić Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers 

Opened the scoring for the Canaries with a sumptuous 20-yarder and turned provider for Marco Stiepermann to double the lead in the first half. A man of the match contender for the home side as they won yet again.


Mallik Wilks – Bristol Rovers v Doncaster Rovers

Showed his poacher instincts in front of goal and deserves his place in the TOTW for his team ethic as well. Was everywhere on Saturday as Rovers romped to a 4-0 win at Bristol. Now has six goals and three assists for the season. 


Jack Payne – Plymouth Argyle v Bradford City

Helped earn the Bantams a deserved point at Plymouth Argyle with his two goals and has been in terrific form in recent weeks. 




Freddie Ladapo – Plymouth Argyle v Bradford City

Scored twice and set up another for Argyle as they fought back to earn themselves a share of the spoils at Home Park. Ladapo was in a class of his own up against the Bantams defence. 


Anwar El Ghazi– West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa

His stunning 25-yard strike nearly earnt Aston Villa maximum points in the Midlands derby. His stunning goal put them ahead, after he had opened the scoring with his deflected shoit in the first half. Was Villa’s best player and looked a threat throughout. 


Lucas Joao – Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham United

Scored a brace as Sheffield Wednesday struggled against Rotherham United. Joao was their standout performer though and the Owls had him to thank for a point. He took his goals superbly well. 


Manager of the week


Richie Wellens – Swindon Town v Newport County

Masterminded Swindon Town's latest win as they scored late on to secure their third consecutive victory. It’s been a mightily impressive start to proceedings for Wellens in life at the County Ground. 


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