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Team of the Week: Matchday 29

29 January 2018

A reduced schedule, but no shortage of impressive displays. Here’s your EFL Team of the Week…

Goalkeeper: Craig MacGillivray (Shrewsbury Town)

It may have been Shrewsbury ‘keeper MacGillivray’s first league outing since October, but there was certainly no case of rustiness from the 25-year-old.

A string of fine stops ensured the Shrews held onto the 1-0 lead which was handed to them at Portsmouth by James Bolton’s 21st-minute strike.

Defender: Dan Potts (Luton Town)

The Hatters were reduced to 10 men with just over 30 minutes played of their away clash at Grimsby Town, leaving the defence up against it for the remainder of the game.

However, they held firm with Potts the pick of the defensive bunch, while James Collins grabbed the winner at the other end.

Defender: Ronnie Henry (Stevenage)

Another team who earned a 1-0 triumph were Stevenage, and they did so on the road at the Proact Stadium against Chesterfield.

Henry delivered a captain’s performance in a close encounter, which was eventually settled by Ben Kennedy’s somewhat fortunate goal.

Defender: Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Doherty’s finish was enough to see Wolverhampton Wanderers take all three points at Ipswich Town and, in turn, return to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship.

The full-back headed home Barry Douglas’ cross from the left to put the visitors ahead, and performed his defensive duties ably as the Tractor Boys were held.

Midfielder: Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Two goals from Sessegnon helped Fulham defeat Barnsley and move into the Championship Play-Off places.

His brace took him into double figures for the league campaign — a great achievement for a player who is still at the tender age of 17.

Midfielder: David Worrall (Port Vale)

Worrall scored a brace as Port Vale came from behind not once, but twice, at home to Colchester United, securing a point for Neil Aspin’s side.

He firstly cancelled out Courtney Senior’s strike with a low finish past Sam Walker at the near post, before equalising for a second time as proceedings ticked towards their conclusion.

Midfielder: Korey Smith (Bristol City)

Smith delivered an all-action showing in Bristol City’s 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Ashton Gate.

The 26-year-old stood out in central midfield, but also impressed filling in at right-back during a tactical reshuffle following Nathan Baker’s sending off.

Midfielder: Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United)

A star turn from Devitt saw Carlisle United see off Forest Green Rovers at Brunton Park.

His strike separated the two teams on the day, with the former Morecambe man capping off a fine all-round performance with what was his fifth goal of the season

Forward: Marc Richards (Swindon Town)

It was quite the home debut for Richards, who opened the scoring for Swindon against Crewe Alexandra, before completing a dramatic turnaround in the 89th-minute.

After his early finish, the visitors then took control and moved into a 3-1 lead. However, a brace from substitute Timi Elsnik drew Town level, leaving Richards to send the majority inside the County Ground into raptures — both contributions subsequently earned the two shared the EFL Star of the Day award.

Forward: Cody McDonald (AFC Wimbledon)

Saturday’s EFL Result of the Day went the way of AFC Wimbledon, for their quite magnificent 4-0 win at top-six occupants Bradford City.

McDonald bagged a double at Valley Parade in what was a fantastic afternoon for the away side — it was the Dons’ biggest ever win in the EFL.

Forward: Tom Eaves (Gillingham)

Two goals were also on the menu for Gillingham and, for Eaves, whose brace saw the Gills fight back to get the better of Fleetwood Town.

Paddy Madden put the Cod Army ahead but, an early second-half finish from the hosts’ number nine levelled things up, prior to his stoppage-time winner.

Manager: Chris Powell (Southend United)

Powell’s Shrimpers’ tenure began in entertaining fashion, as he watched his players score moments from time to beat Scunthorpe United 3-2 at Roots Hall.

Michael Turner got the all-important third to send the Iron home empty-handed, and give Southend a first league win since Boxing Day.

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