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Matchday 16: Team of the Week

29 October 2018



Jack Butland (Bristol City v Stoke City)

The Stoke born keeper was in sublime form at the weekend making a number of stops as Bristol City piled the pressure on in the second half. Butland made several excellent saves and was integral to ensuring Stoke held on to grab all three points.

An honourable mention should go to Rochdale’s Brendan Moore who saved a penalty for his side as they held on for a clean sheet in a 1-0 win against Charlton.


Luke Prosser (Colchester United v Lincoln City)

The U’s captain played a blinder in central defence on Saturday as he captained his side to a vital 1-0 win over Lincoln City. The skipper made a superb block on the stroke of half time that set the tone for a big second half performance and a clean sheet.


Corey Whelan (Crewe Alexandra v Grimsby)

The centre back was crucial to Crewe’s victory at the weekend, capping a brilliant all round performance with a goal, as his team won 2-0. His clever touch inside allowed him to cooly finish and give Crewe the lead, while his defensive performance helped ensure The Alex kept Grimsby at bay.


Tony McMahon (Oxford United)

The right back played a blinder with two assists and a clean sheet as his Oxford Utd side went five unbeaten in a 3-0 win against lowly Shrewsbury. McMahon’s superb delivery from a corner allowed Josh Ruffels to head in the first and he was once again provider with another killer cross 11 minutes later, setting up Gavin Whyte to make it 2-0.




Conor Mahoney (Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday)

He has been pivotal in Birmingham’s excellent run in the Championship and once again he was at the heart of their 3-1 win. The winger opened the scoring with a superbly taken goal and he set up Che Adams late on to cap a hugely impressive performance as the Blues’ kept rolling on.


Harrison Reed (West Brom v Blackburn Rovers)

Social media was going crazy for the performance of Blackburn Rovers’ loanee on Saturday night. The youngster scored a terrific goal as he curled a shot in to the top corner from 25 yards out as Rovers equalised late on and he was a constant menace for West Bromwhich Albion throughout the game.


John-Joe O’Toole (Northampton Town v Oldham Athletic)

O’Toole scored the decisive goal as Keith Curle’s Cobblers continued their hugely impressivce recent resurgence. The midfield dynamo was everywhere while the home side played with 10 men for over 60 minutes, but he helped them cling on for another win.


Daniel James (Swansea City v Reading)

Another of the Sky Bet Championship’s stars on loan, Daniel James, put in a brilliant display that saw the Swans move up to 8th place in the table. James won a penalty and provided a pin point cross for Oli McBurnie’s brace, as the Swans recent run continued.




Lee Gregory (Millwall v Ipswich Town)

The Millwall striker was in ruthless form as he grabbed his 4th and 5th goals of the season at the Den to help see off Ipswich 3-0. Gregory converted early in the first period from a corner and added another in the second half to ensure Ipswich left London empty handed.


Billy Sharp (Sheff Utd v Wigan Athletic)

Hat-trick hero Billy Sharp sent Sheffield United to the top of the Sky Bet Championship as he scored a brilliant hat trick at Brammal Lane.

Sharp converted his first goal just before half time to send the Blades in at the break leading 2-1. Then in 13 second half minutes he had completed his hat trick. His second saw him guide in a fantastic ball from Leon Clarke before he delicately chipped the Wigan goalkeeper from six yards to bag his 11th goal of the season and a terrific treble.


James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers v Crawley Town)

Sky Bet League 2’s leading goalscorer added another two goals to his impressive tally as he notched his 9th and 10th of the season in a rampant 5-1 win for Rovers against Crawley.


An honourable mention should go to Tom Eaves as he grabbed a double for Gillingham in a 3-0 win, while Rochdale legend Ian Henderson scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Charlton meaning he has 99 career goals for Dale.




Keith Curle – Northampton Town v Oldham

He got mentioned last week for steering the Cobblers to another victory and Northampton Town did it again at the weekend with a brilliant battling display with 10 men for over 50 minutes as they saw off Oldham Athletic 2-1.


It was a wonderful October on the whole for Curle’s side, enjoying three wins in four, and this accolade is just rewards for what he has engineered at Sixfields since his arrival. 


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