This weekend saw a full round of fixtures for the Npower Championship and here the best performers of the weekend:
GK- Andy Lonegran, Bolton Wanderers – Lonegran had a huge part to play in Bolton’s 0-0 draw with high flyers Ipswich and denied Jay Tabb twice from close range in the first half. In total Lonegran made eight saves and secured his second clean sheet in a week.
DEF- Paul Caddis, Birmingham City – After a shaky start to the season, Caddis put in a solid performance against Reading. He opened the scoring after just four minutes as well as assisting Andrew Shinnie’s strike just before the end of the half.
DEF- Matt Mills, Bolton Wanderers – Now in his second season with Bolton, Mills is beginning to develop under new boss Neil Lennon. Keeping Daryl Murphy quiet for 90 minutes and securing Bolton’s second clean sheet in a week, shows this week was a good week for Mills.
Gibson helps Boro keep Derby quiet
DEF- Ben Gibson, Middlesbrough – This weeks televised kick off saw table topping Derby take on Middlesbrough. Gibson was at the heart of the defence for Middlesbrough which managed to shut out Derby and guide his side to a 2-0 victory, to leapfrog the Rams.
DEF- Jake Bidwell, Brentford – Bidwell has been an ever-present in the back four this season for newly promoted Brentford. His solid defence performance at the weekend, was complemented by his assist for Jonathan Douglas’ goal after just 16 minutes in their 3-1 win over Blackburn.
Johnson back to his best
MID- Bradley Johnson, Norwich City – After drawing Norwich’s poor run of games to an end with two goals, in a 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield. Johnson’s goals just before and just after half time are enough to earn him a place in this week’s Team of the Week.
MID- Matt Ritchie, Bournemouth – Ritchie put in a dominant display in a hectic 5-3 win over Cardiff on Saturday. Opening the scoring, just seconds after kick off and assisting Calum Wilson’s goal in the last minute, shows Ritchie had a busy game from start to finish.
MID- Ikechi Anya, Watford – Setting up both of Troy Deeney’s goals at the weekend, Anya shows he has the potential to create chances. The Scottish international showed his skill and power, when his clever play out wide allowed him to find the space to deliver two in perfect crosses, for his side’s two goals.
Brum star scores first senior hat-trick
MID- Demarai Gray, Birmingham City – His efforts against Reading saw him rewarded with his first hat-trick for Birmingham. Gray was clinical in front of goal and as well as the goals contributed to the attack with his clinical passing in a 6-1 assault of Reading.
FWD- Troy Deeney, Watford – Deeney continues to spearhead his clubs revival as he got Watford’s only two goals in a 2-1 win over Wigan. Deeney is currently in scintillating form, scoring two and Saturday and a hat-trick last weekend, proving Watford cannot be written off as promotion hopefuls.
FWD- Patrick Bamford, Middlesbrough – Playing against former club, Derby, did not stop Bamford from hitting top form at the weekend. Bamford opened the scoring after just six minutes. Then in the second half, it was Bamford’s powerful run which forced Ryan Shotton to see red and concede a penalty. Bamford’s effort saw him named as Npower Man of the Match.