In a six-goal thriller at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, Brentford earned a 4-2 victory over Rotherham United in this weekend’s highest scoring match in the Sky Bet Championship.
Brentford’s away heroics could not be matched by Championship leaders Leeds United, who fell to a surprise 2-1 defeat to Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
Making the most of Leeds’ slip-up in the Championship, Norwich City returned to second place and moved to within a point of Leeds, beating Birmingham City 3-1 at Carrow Road on Friday evening.
Sheffield United dropped out of the automatic promotion places, having lost 1-0 to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium during Saturday’s evening kick-off.
With the bottom six sides all failing to seal victory over the weekend, Preston North End moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
Based on WhoScored.com’s match ratings, here is who made our Championship Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper: Erwin Mulder (Swansea City) 7.96
Swansea goalkeeper Erwin Mulder was one of only four goalkeepers in the Championship to keep a clean sheet over the weekend.
Mulder made five saves and claimed the ball twice as the Swans earned their second win over the Blades this season.
Centre-back: Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) 8.32
In Monday night’s Championship offering at the University of Bolton Stadium, West Bromwich Albion moved up to third place with a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
Defender Craig Dawson provided the assist for Jay Rodriguez’s 14th Championship goal of the campaign, as well as winning eight aerial duels and completing four tackles.
Centre-back: Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) 8.34
Bristol City spoiled Martin O’Neill’s welcome party back at the City Ground with a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.
Centre-back Tomas Kalas, currently on loan from Chelsea, won five aerial duels, made three interceptions and made four more clearances than any of his fellow teammates (10), taking their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches.
Centre-back: Jordan Storey (Preston North End) 7.97
Preston’s highest-rated player from their resounding win over QPR in West London was their 21-year-old centre-back, Jordan Storey.
He got the Lilywhites’ second goal of the match having converted from close range before creating Alan Browne’s header to give them a three-goal advantage 14 minutes later.
Right-midfield: Sone Aluko (Reading) 8.45
Despite being on the losing side in Reading’s 2-1 defeat to Derby County at Pride Park, second-half substitute Sone Aluko was WhoScored’s star man.
He netted the Royals’ goal 20 minutes after replacing Lewis Baker; with an 88% pass completion rate and more dribbles than the whole Derby team (five), it would be tough to argue that Reading could have earned at least a point if Aluko had started the match.
Centre-midfield: Tom Trybull (Norwich City) 8.21
Starring in Norwich’s 3-1 victory over Birmingham City was the Canaries midfielder Tom Trybull.
He was named as WhoScored’s star man in East Anglia after scoring the hosts’ final goal of the match midway through the first half. He also won three tackles and completed four more passes than any other player (92).
Centre-midfield: Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) 8.83
Scoring his first ever brace for the Bees, which doubled his career goal tally for Thomas Frank’s side, saw Kamohelo Mokotjo win this weekend’s Player of the Round.
The South African midfielder’s goals in both sides of half-time, as well as his 84% pass completion rate and three interceptions, made him stand out as the Londoners excelled on their hectic tie in the North of England.
Left-midfield: Said Benrahma (Brentford) 8.45
Brentford winger Said Benrahma was pivotal to his side’s free-flowing attacking football, scoring one goal and providing an assist.
Benrahma got the visitors’ second goal of the afternoon before creating Mokotjo’s second of the match 22 minutes later.
Striker: Famara Diedhou (Bristol City) 8.37
Robins striker Famara Diedhou got Lee Johnson’s side the three points with the only goal of the match in the final 20 minutes in Nottingham.
Diedhou also won 12 aerial duels, the most of any player and his second consecutive away goal in as many matches takes his Championship tally for the season up to eight.
Striker: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) 8.73
Sheffield Wednesday’s Scottish striker Steven Fletcher got the only goal in the Owls’ 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic at Hillsborough.
As well as netting in back-to-back home league games for the first time since September 2016, Fletcher also won four more aerial duels than any other player (11).
Striker: Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) 8.57
Rodriguez was the star man for the Baggies away at Bolton with a key hand in both of their goals.
After opening the scoring inside the opening 20 minutes, Rodriguez sent substitute Sam Field through on goal in the second half who made no mistake in converting to earn Darren Moore’s side three points.