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Team of the Week: Matchday 27

15 January 2018

After a week off due to the FA Cup, Team of the Week is back! Here's our selection of Matchday 27's standout performers.

Goalkeeper: Christy Pym (Exeter City)

Exeter climbed to fifth in Sky Bet League Two after a 2-0 win over Coventry City, but they were made to hard work for the three points.

Pym was excellent in between the sticks, keeping out all that the Sky Blues could throw at him with a number of fine saves.

Defender: Luke Leahy (Walsall)

Leahy has been a key attacking outlet for Walsall this season with his bombarding runs down the left, and he was a key player in Walsall’s 2-1 win over Oxford United.

The full-back laid on both goals, teeing up Amadou Bakayoko and Erhun Oztumer as the Saddlers climbed to 15th in Sky Bet League One.

Defender: Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers)

A huge battle towards the top of Sky Bet League One saw third-placed Blackburn play host to Shrewsbury Town, one place and five points above Rovers.

That gap is now down to two points after a 3-1 win at Ewood Park, with skipper Charlie Mulgrew netting twice in a vital victory in the race for promotion.

Defender: Ash Taylor (Northampton Town)

Northampton registered a second straight success with a fine victory at Bradford City, with John-Joe O’Toole and Chris Long on target in the 2-1 win.

At the other end, the Cobblers defended doggedly, with captain Taylor making a number of outstanding blocks in the area to keep the Bantams at bay until the dying stages.

Defender: Tafari Moore (Wycombe Wanderers)

Wycombe Wanderers moved to fourth in the Sky Bet League Two standings, triumphing over play-off chasing Colchester United with a 3-1 win at Adams Park.

One of the standout performers in the win was debutant Moore, on loan from Arsenal, who offered an attacking threat down the right combined with a fine defensive display.

Midfielder: Lee Martin (Gillingham)

Gillingham trailed Rochdale by a goal to nil at the Priestfield, until skipper Martin took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Firstly, he teed up Bradley Garmston for the equaliser, before firing home a volley from close range to seal a second consecutive victory and make it six games unbeaten.

Midfielder: James Maddison (Norwich City)

Maddison delivered yet another all-action display in the midfield to inspire Norwich to a 1-0 win at Bristol City.

The 21-year-old pulled the strings for the Canaries, and got his just rewards when, 11 minutes from time, he netted the winner to inflict a third straight loss on the Robins.

Midfielder: Callum Paterson (Cardiff City)

Cardiff City were on a run of four consecutive defeats before welcoming Sunderland to the Welsh capital, and the Black Cats were blown away by four second-half goals.

Two of those came from Paterson who lined up in midfield rather than his usual position on the right side of the defence — Neil Warnock’s positional change proving inspired.

Midfielder: Johnny Russell (Derby County)

Derby’s stunning run of form continued with a straightforward win at Birmingham City, with Russell one of several players to impress for the Sky Bet Championship promotion chasers.

It’s now eight unbeaten for Gary Rowett’s men, and the Scottish winger scored the goal which put them on their way to a 3-0 St Andrew’s success.

Forward: Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United)

Named as the EFL Star of the Day, Madden had a debut to remember in Fleetwood Town’s trip to Southend United.

The forward laid on the first for fellow debutant Toumani Diagouraga, before getting himself on the scoresheet with a poacher’s effort inside the area.

Forward: Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town)

Three wins on the bounce now for Crawley Town, the latest coming with a routine 2-0 win over lowly Barnet.

The star of the show was Enzio Boldewijn, who cut inside and finished neatly for the opener, before rolling in a second after good work from Lewis Young.

Manager: Jack Lester (Chesterfield)

The manager of this week’s selection goes to the man who masterminded the EFL Result of the Day.

On a dismal run of form, Lester guided his Chesterfield side to a shock 2-0 win over league leaders Luton Town. Joe Rowley rounded off a neat team move, before Jak McCourt doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

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