In this weekends 12 Championship games there were 35 goals and some major talking points for teams at both ends of the table. Find out who made the team of the week here.
This weeks team features players representing ten different Championship sides who all came away happy this weekend. The team netted 7 goals, made a host of assists and all of the back four kept a clean sheet.
In goal in this weeks side is Yeovil’s Marek Stech. The Czech shot stopper had arguably his best performance for the Glovers this season. It was always going to be a busy day for the keeper, but he dealt with all that Reading threw at him, making eight saves including a penalty stop from Adam le Fondre. When Stech did concede it came via a misfortunate deflection off of team-mate John Lundstrum, however Yeovil closed the game out with eight men and earned a valuable point.
The defence this week features a back four who all played a key role in earning their side its clean sheet bonus. The quartet is made up of Christophe Berra, Matt Upson, Glenn Loovens and Jeff Schlupp. The Scottish international Berra played a vital role for Ipswich in their dominant home victory over Birmingham. The improved Blues failed to test the Tractor Boys keeper as he had a quiet day mainly thanks to Berra’s solid display. Matt Upson has been his consistent best all season and once again put in a fine display at the heart of the Brighton defence as his team battled to a 1-0 win away at Millwall. Similarly, Glenn Loovens showed his experience to help his Wednesday team to earn another three points as they continue to climb the Championship table. The final member of the back four, Schlupp, put in a fine display of full back play for Leicester as they won 3-0 at home for the second week in succession.
A midfield trio who all provided vital creative impetus in helping their side pick up the three points. The three who made this weeks team are Danny Drinkwater, Dean Marney and Neil Danns. The second Leicester player to feature in this weeks side is midfield general Danny Drinkwater. The Man United youth graduate controlled the game from the off and added a fine long-range strike to put the game to bed just after the break. Alongside Drinkwater, the Burnley man Dean Marney matched his dominant display with an excellent performance at Turf Moor. The 30 year old guided his side to their third win in four and maintained their unbeaten run. He netted only his second goal of the season to secure the win in the crunch meet with Derby. On loan Neil Danns not for the first time showed his class for Bolton. The veteran midfielder on loan from Leicester provided a creative spark to help Bolton hit rivals Blackburn for four.
The front three in this weeks side all went home knowing they had helped their side to great victories. The attacking maestros Nahki Wells, Yann Kermorgant and Troy Deeney lead the line this weekend. Nahki Wells is known for his goalscoring talents, but he spent the day as the provider for Huddersfield, supplying no fewer than four of their five goals against Barnsley. Wells’ pace and skill was too much for the Tykes the defence. He laid the ball on a plate for his team-mates on three occasions and also brought a foul in the area that resulted in Adam Clayton emphatically slotting away. Yann Kermorgant was making his full debut for Bournemouth at the Goldsands against Doncaster. The big Frenchman looked hungry for goal from the off and made a great impression on the Cherries fans with a calm side foot volley, before two excellent headers in his sides 5-0 victory. The Bournemouth fans have been crying out for a striker who can get on the end of the great delivery from the flanks and Yann is certainly their man. Troy Deeney has showed once again this season he is a goalscoring machine and added two more goals to his tally against Blackpool. A smart finish to put the Hornets 2-0 up and a curling effort late on to put a gloss on the win ensured Watford could still have a glimmer of hope of making the top six.
The star man this week could have gone to many members of this weeks team, but one performance stands out. Yann Kermorgant’s sensational hat-trick in his first start for Bournemouth was unmatched in the Championship and has made him an instant hit on the south coast.