Mark Mothershaw selects his EFL team of the week following the weekend's action across the Championship, League One and League Two.
EFL Team of the Week (4-3-3 formation):
Nineteen-year-old Owen Goodman was in inspired form as Colchester United notched up a second successive League Two victory on the road at high-flying Accrington on Saturday. The rookie stopper faced a mammoth 31 efforts throughout the 90 minutes, 10 of which were on target, but he produced save after save to frustrate the promotion hopefuls who had won four on the spin prior to the encounter. The 1-0 success lifted Colchester up to 20th in the process.
The on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers defender produced a season best showing as Stoke City ended a profitable week with another success on the road at in-form Middlesbrough. Hoever was outstanding at both ends of the pitch, weighing in with four interceptions, three tackles and two clearances, whilst completing four successful dribbles and making two key passes as the Potters secured a 2-0 victory in the North East.
Bolton Wanderers' promotion charge continued at the weekend with a third successive league victory over Charlton athletic, and Ricardo Santos' display at the heart of the backline epitomised his side's gritty and determined showing. The Portuguese made eight clearances, three tackles and one interception as the Wanderers rearguard held firm to shut out a desperate Addicks attack.
Luke McNally has gone from strength to strength this season and it's no surprise that his upturn in performances has coincided with the Potters' best run of form this season. The Burnley loanee was colossal at the Riverside on Saturday as the Potters followed up their successes over Sunderland and Leeds United earlier in the week with a third consecutive Championship triumph. McNally made seven clearances, four interceptions and three tackles, whilst also boasting a superb 88 percent pass completion rate throughout a hugely impressive 90 minute showing.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Sean Long was the star performer at Vale Park at the weekend, scoring both goals as Cheltenham Town added to Port Vale's recent woes with a superb triumph in the Potteries. Long hit the back of the net with both of his attempts at goal - showcasing his undoubted attacking qualities - whilst also displaying his defensive attributes too, in the shape of three clearances, two tackles and two crucial blocks.
Daniel James is the first of two Leeds United players to make the grade this week after shining for Daniel Farke's side in their 4-1 success over Huddersfield Town. The former Manchester United man netted a clinically taken brace as Leeds responded perfectly to their 1-0 loss against Stoke City on Wednesday with a comprehensive weekend win at Elland Road. James scored with two of his six strikes at goal, taking his tally for the season to three.
The vastly experienced midfielder may have only been on the field of play for 57 minutes against Derby County on Saturday, but my word, he didn't half make a telling contribution. Stevenage ran out 3-1 winners on another forgetful day for Paul Warne's side, with the 33-year-old MacDonald scoring one and assisting a second in what was only his third league start of the season.
Crycensio Summerville was without doubt the star performer in the Championship at the weekend, as he played a key hand in all four of Leeds' goals as they cemented their position as Championship promotion hopefuls. The tenacious and pacey wideman scored two and assisted two more as the Yorkshiremen ran riot in their clash with struggling Huddersfield. Summerville also played a further two key passes and completed six dribbles in a truly dazzling display.
Michael Mellon took his tally for the campaign to nine goals in 13 matches as he helped himself to a memorable hat-trick as Morecambe maintained their rapid rise in League Two. Mellon was at his clinical best as he put freefalling AFC Wilmbledon to the sword during the second 45 minutes with two superbly taken goals, as well as showcasing his composure from the penalty spot.
The evergreen Michael Smith served a timely reminder of his goalscoring pedigree as his brace helped rock-bottom Sheffield Wednesday to three priceless points against his former side Rotherham United on Sunday afternoon. The 32-year-old has struggled for form this term, but was back to his best as his second and third goals of the campaign secured manager-less Wednesday a first Championship victory of the season, and moved to within three points of the Millers in 22nd.
The well-travelled Omar Bogle helped Newport County pull themselves clear of the drop zone at the weekend as the Welsh side stunned promotion-chasing Gillingham at Priestfield. The 31-year-old was a towering presence up top, scoring both goals in the 2-0 success, whilst impressing with his hold-up play. Bogle pulled the trigger six times throughout the 90 minutes, and was a constant nuisance to the always troubled Gillingham backline.
Wrexham extended their unbeaten run to eight matches as boss Phil Parkinson masterminded a sensational triumph over second-place Notts County at Meadow Lane. The Dragons were full value for their success as they moved to level-pegging with their promotion rivals, and have the chance to move into the automatic promotion spots for the first time this season when they tackle Gillingham next week.