Gameweek 34 – EFL Championship Team Of The Week
This weekend in the Championship was all about the number of goals scored, with some crazy results including two 3-3s, a 4-2 and a 5-2. As the cliche goes – anything can happen in the Championship.
At the top of the table, the clash between Fulham and Wolves was a high-quality affair, and Fulham showed once again that they are not afraid of anyone in this league as they beat the league leaders 2-0 to close the gap on second place to 8 points. Wolves are still 6 points clear at the top of the league but will be happy to see the back of February, as they were unable to keep up their excellent run.
Elsewhere Aston Villa came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday, while Derby drew with a struggling Reading. But the real story came from the bottom of the table as Sunderland drew 3-3 against Wearside rivals Middlesborough.
This game had two red cards, a penalty, a fight, and a last minute goal which involved ex-West Brom player Callum McManaman confronting his old manager Tony Pulis; it was an excellent Championship game.
That said, here’s the Championship Team of the Week.
GK – Sam Johnstone
Sam Johnstone actually let in two goals in this game but his heroics when the game was in the balance turned the tide for Aston Villa, with his double save especially galvanising his team.
LB – George Friend
Provided an assist to Patrick Bamford to drag Boro level in the mad game at The Stadium of Light, and did his level best to keep out the Sunderland attackers.
CB – Jake Cooper
Jake Cooper put in a towering display to keep out Burton and extend Millwall’s unbeaten run to 4 games. His team didn’t play the best they could, against a poor Burton side but they were solid, thanks to Cooper.
CB – Adam Webster
Ipswich were one of the few teams who kept a clean sheet this weekend, and it was mostly due to the tireless work of Adam Webster. The usually potent Preston attack was nullified by his excellent work.
RB – Ola Aina
Hull are under huge pressure at the bottom of the Championship and it is not often that a Hull player makes it to the team of the week. However, in their win over Sheffield United, Aina was immense. Was a constant threat for the Tigers.
RM – Joe Lolley
The 5-2 win for Nottingham Forest at QPR was not expected by many people. Forest had not scored in 4 of their last 6 games before that, but Lolley provided a goal and an assist in this game to silence their critics.
CM – Conor Hourihane
Conor Hourihane’s goal against Sheffield Wednesday was a thing of beauty. He struck it so true from the edge of the box that the whole stadium was silent for a moment. An excellent all-round game from the Irishman.
CM – Sean Clare
On the same pitch as Hourihane, Sean Clare did not deserve to be on the losing side. He scored a goal to get Wednesday off the mark in only his third appearance for the club. There is much more to come from this 21-year-old.
LM – Ryan Sessegnon
Ryan Sessegnon scored for Fulham in their 2-0 win over Wolves and was on fire. He’s a true phenomenon and is going to go far in the world of football.
AM – Kasey Palmer
Picked up from where he left off against Leeds by scoring early against Reading. He was unplayable at times and was a constant threat to the Reading defence.
ST – Lee Tomlin
Two goals and an assist for Lee Tomlin shows what a class act this striker can be. Only 5 games into his Forest career, he has shown that he can be the difference maker.