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EFL Team of the Play-Offs

30 May 2018

The 2017/18 season has reached its conclusion after a thrilling weekend of Play-Off Final action. The post-season showdowns have provided entertainment aplenty, and here's a select XI who starred throughout.

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury Town)

Henderson kept two clean sheets against Charlton Athletic in the semis, before producing a stunning display at Wembley — including an early penalty save — in the 2-1 defeat to Rotherham.

Defender: Josh Emmanuel (Rotherham United)

We know he’s a right-back, but we’re certain he can do a job here! The Ipswich Town loanee was a menace going forward over the three games, playing a crucial part in Rotherham’s successful march back to the Championship.

Defender: Richard Wood (Rotherham United)

Scorer of the crucial semi-final second leg goal to see off Scunthorpe United, the Rotherham skipper stepped up on the big occasion once again at Wembley, scoring both goals in the 2-1 win over Shrewsbury.

Defender: Tim Ream (Fulham)

A rock at the back for Fulham, Ream’s dogged defending was key against Derby County and Aston Villa, particularly when the Cottagers’ 10 men came under threat in the closing stages at Wembley.

Defender: Jack Grimmer (Coventry City)

In the semi-finals, Grimmer was outstanding defensively to snuff out the threat from Notts County, and he showed he’s just as good going forward, scoring an absolute beauty to round off victory at Wembley.

Midfielder: Hiram Boateng (Exeter City)

Boateng scored one of the goals of the play-offs in the semi-final second leg against Lincoln, and his all-round displays were key in Exeter returning to the League Two Play-Off final.

Midfielder: Will Vaulks (Rotherham United)

Vaulks showed off all aspects of his game over Rotherham’s three matches – controlling games from the heart of midfield, creating and scoring goals, and superbly playing a shacking role at Wembley.

Midfielder: Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Fulham’s top scorer this season inspired the semi-final comeback against Derby County with an emphatic finish at Craven Cottage, and he carved open Aston Villa at Wembley to set up the all-important goal.

Midfielder: Tom Cairney (Fulham)

The man who scored that goal; Cairney pulled the strings in the Fulham midfield all afternoon at Wembley, earning the Man of the Match award after leading the Cottagers to promotion.

Midfielder: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Grealish was the driving force in all three Play-Off matches, helping Villa reach the Final where he was their star performer on the day – nearly scoring one of Wembley’s great goals with a mazy run and strike.

Forward: Marc McNulty (Coventry City)

A crucial equaliser in the first leg, a goal and a stunning display in the second leg and, despite not scoring at Wembley, McNulty was awarded the Man of the Match award for his tireless efforts and two assists in their win over Exeter.

Manager: Mark Robins (Coventry City)

Slavisa Jokanovic and Paul Warne deserve praise of course, but Coventry were the lowest placed of the three Play-Off winners, so Mark Robins gets the nod after guiding the Sky Blues to promotion – his second Wembley win in just over a year.

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