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Team of the Week: Matchday 28

22 January 2018

With more than a century of goals hitting the back in the net on Matchday 28, the latest Team of the Week offers attacking threats all over the pitch. Here's our selection of standout performers...

Goalkeeper: Richard O’Donnell (Northampton Town)

Goals from John-Joe O’Toole and Chris Long helped Northampton Town defeat Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 at Sixfields, but heroics from Cobblers ‘keeper O’Donnell made sure of the points on his home debut.

He was crucial as the Dons rallied late on; keeping out a bullet header, before saving a Marcus Tavernier free-kick as proceedings edged towards a conclusion.

Defender: Joe Mattock (Rotherham United)

It looked as though nothing would separate Rotherham United and Portsmouth, with the two teams locked at 0-0 heading into injury time.

However, Mattock had other ideas and, with minutes left on the clock, the defender headed home Michael Smith’s cross at the far post.

Defender: John O’Shea (Sunderland)

Sunderland picked up a vital victory at the Stadium of Light, where Joel Asoro’s goal saw off Hull City.

Playing a crucial role in the win was Black Cats’ skipper O’Shea, who marshalled a young squad superbly, on what was his 200th league start for the club.

Defender: Johnny Mullins (Luton Town)

Another player turning in a captain’s display was Luton Town’s Mullins, with the 32-year-old grabbing the only goal of the game against Morecambe.

It certainly wasn’t plain sailing for the Hatters, but the eventual triumph did move them six points clear at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Defender: Ryan Fredericks (Fulham)

Fulham’s goalscorers may very well grab the headlines after their 6-0 beating of Burton Albion at Craven Cottage, but full-back Fredericks’ contribution shouldn’t go unnoticed.

As well as being part of a defence which didn’t concede, he was heavily involved from an attacking standpoint and weighed in with an assist too.

Midfielder: CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town)

A game full of incident between Mansfield Town and Cheltenham Town at the One Call Stadium was decided in stoppage time, thanks to a winner from CJ Hamilton.

The 94th-minute strike completed a brace for the midfielder, who had initially fired home to equalise in the first half of a game which finished 3-2 to the hosts.

Midfielder: Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers)

Grubb was at the double on his home debut, as Forest Green Rovers put five past Cambridge United in a 5-2 success at the New Lawn.

His two finishes were well taken too, with the second named Goal of the Weekend, capping what proved to be a fantastic day all round for the January addition.

Midfielder: Max Power (Wigan Athletic)

Coming from behind to run out 3-1 victors, Power laid on two goals to help end Plymouth Argyle's eight-match unbeaten run while extending the Latics’ streak to 10.

He firstly played through Gavin Massey, who subsequently converted to put Wigan ahead, prior to delivering a corner which defender Dan Burn headed home.

Midfielder: Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley)

Sean McConville was at the heart of a brilliant Accrington Stanley comeback, with him netting twice in a 3-2 win against Port Vale.

His 51st-minute goal began the Stanley resurgence, and he then completed the turnaround; finishing fiercely after being teed up by Billy Kee.

Striker: Scott Hogan (Aston Villa)

A quickfire double from Hogan put Aston Villa in the driving seat against Barnsley, and it was a performance which earned the striker the EFL Star of the Day award.

Strikes in the fifth and seventh minute set Steve Bruce’s side on their way to all three points and, on a personal note, that’s now four goals in three outings for the former Brentford man.

Striker: Marc McNulty (Coventry City)

In League Two, Coventry City, like Villa, won 3-1, with the Sky Blues seeing off Swindon Town at the Ricoh Arena.

After Maxime Biamou’s blistering opener, McNulty then took over, finding the back of the net in either half.

Manager: Aitor Karanka (Nottingham Forest)

Karanka guided his Nottingham Forest to an excellent 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers, ending the 13-match unbeaten run of the Championship leaders.

It was the Spaniard’s first success as Forest boss, and the display saw him also pick up the EFL Result of the Day accolade.

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