, The72 Championship Team of the Week Matchday 18: Browne’s brilliance beats Blackburn

The72 Championship Team of the Week Matchday 18: Browne’s brilliance beats Blackburn

Norwich City maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with a 4-1 win away at Swansea City.

The only side out of the top six not to win this weekend was Sheffield United, who were held to a 2-2 draw away at Yorkshire rivals, Rotherham United.

Aston Villa continued their good run of form and earned the bragging rights of the second city, beating Birmingham City 4-2 at Villa Park during Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Preston North End have moved four points clear of the relegation zone following their 4-1 victory at Deepdale against local foes, Blackburn Rovers.

Life as Ipswich Town manager for Paul Lambert is proving to get more difficult and they are now six points adrift of safety after losing 2-1 at Portman Road against West Bromwich Albion on Friday night.

Using match rating statistics from WhoScored.com, we have compiled our own Championship Team of the Week.

Formation: 3-5-2

Goalkeeper: Anssi Jaakkola (Reading) 7.56

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Reading goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola was one of only four goalkeepers in the division to keep a clean sheet over the weekend, and his five saves helped Paul Clement’s side to hold Wigan Atheltic to a goalless draw at the DW Stadium.

Defender: Angel Rangel (Queens Park Rangers) 7.97

Having not scored since the start of January 2017, Angel Rangel netted twice for Queens Park Rangers during their 2-2 draw with Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium. Prior to the match, he had only ever scored three goals in his previous 129 appearances in this division.

Defender: David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) 8.05

The only centre-back to make this week’s side is Bolton Wanderers’ David Wheater, who was instrumental in their 1-1 draw away at Millwall. He won 10 aerial duels and made 14 clearances, two more clearances than that managed by the whole of the Lions’ defence combined.

Defender: Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) 8.08

Scottish full-back Alan Hutton got Villa’s fourth of the afternoon with a fantastic individual effort. He also completed three dribbles, three more than the number managed by the entire Birmingham team.

Right-midfield: Emiliano Buendia (Norwich City) 8.8

Argentinian winger Emiliano Buendia scored Norwich’s second during their five-goal thriller at the Liberty Stadium. His pass accuracy of 86% was the highest out of Daniel Farke’s side and he also completed three key passes.

Centre-midfield: Pablo Hernandez (Leeds United) 8.3

Pablo Hernandez was a key part of both of Leeds United’s goals as they beat a Bristol City side who finished their match with only 10 men, 2-0 at Elland Road. Hernandez set-up Kemar Roofe for his opener, before the Spaniard, scored their second to seal the win for the Whites.

Left-midfield: Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) 8.24

Jon Taylor was the star man during the Yorkshire derby in Saturday’s early kick-off. He scored the Millers’ second at the AESSEAL New York Stadium and made twice the number of key passes managed by any other player from both sides (4).

Attacking-midfield: Alan Browne (Preston North End) 9.17

Alan Browne starred in Preston’s thrashing of Lancashire, warranting him with this week’s Player of the Week award. He created Tom Barkhuizen’s and Callum Robinson’s goals inside the opening 10 minutes. Browne then got Preston’s fourth and final goal late in the second half, capping off his stellar performance.

Attacking-midfield: Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) 8.20

Joe Lolley scored in Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 win over Hull City at the KCOM Stadium to continue to mount the pressure on the league’s top six sides. His 64th-minute goal sealed the win for the Tricky Trees, his sixth in all competitions this season.

Striker: Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) 7.99

Finnish forward Teemu Pukki continued his run of good form by netting Norwich’s fourth goal in South Wales on the hour mark, his fifth in the space of three league games.

Striker: Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) 8.10

Tammy Abraham’s goal from the penalty spot helped to ensure three points and a move up to eighth position for Dean Smith’s side. He had more shots than any other player during the match, with four.

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