Championship Team of the Week - 5/6 December

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This weekend saw a full round of fixtures for the Championship - and here the best performers of the weekend.

Goalkeeper: Alex Smithies | Huddersfield Town

It is fair to say Smithies had a huge part to play in maintaining Huddersfield’s superb home record this season. Smithies maintained Town’s 2-1 lead late on, by brilliantly denying Jake Bidwell and Alan Judge in the dying moments.

Defender: Cyrus Christie | Derby County

Enjoying a solid season at the back and has been a key component in Derby’s blistering start to the season. Helped Derby to keep their ninth clean sheet of the season as well as setting up Chris Martin’s second goal with a nice cross.

Defender: Luke Chambers | Ipswich Town

After enduring a shaky start which saw Leeds score early on, Chambers grew into the game. Managing to hold the Leeds attacks at bay throughout the second half and even chipping in with an assist to set up Daryl Murphy.

Defender: Jake Buxton | Derby County

Becoming a key member of the impressive Derby side, Buxton marshalled his defence well and like Christie, helped Derby to their ninth clean sheet of the season. Buxton also kept new Brighton loanee, Darren Bent, quiet with not allowing the visitors a single effort on target all game.

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Defender: Kenneth Omeruo | Middlesbrough

A dominant display from the Nigerian international away at Millwall showed why the youngster is on Chelsea’s books. Omeruo even provided support to his forward to set up his side’s first goal.

Midfielder: Sean Scannell | Huddersfield

Managed to mark his 100th Huddersfield Town appearance with a goal against in form Brentford. Scannell continues his fine run of recent form and managed to cause trouble among the Brentford defence with his pace and skill.

Midfielder: Adam Reach | Middlesbrough

With his direct runs at the Millwall defence, it allowed Reach to grab himself two assists from clever crossing positions. This ensures Middlesbrough remain unbeaten in their previous season league matches.

Midfielder: Jeff Hendrick | Derby County

Managed to marshal, what can be a tough midfield battle, when playing against Brighton. Hendrick supported his back four to maintain the clean sheet whilst also supporting his sides attack in the 3-0 win over Brighton.

Midfielder: Almen Abdi | Watford

Kept Watford ticking over and did not allow Fulham to get a foothold in the game. As well as providing chances, Abdi cleverly opened the scoring with a free kick underneath the Fulham wall before curling home emphatically from 20 yards out in the second half.

Forward: Troy Deeney | Watford

The Watford captain dominated the Fulham defence and rounded off a hat-trick in stoppage time to secure his side’s first win in five games. Deeney opened his account with a penalty, then slotted cleverly past Gabor Kiraly, before his flick over the onrushing goalkeeping the final moments of the game.

Forward: Jelle Vossen | Middlesbrough

Vossen managed to end a twelve game goal scoring drought, with a first half hat-trick against a struggling Millwall side. Vossen, who joined on loan from Genk at the start of the season, will now to look to push on and assist Patrick Bamford in terms of goals to help ‘Boro’s push for promotion.

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