The Star’s Team of the Week

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It was a great weekend for the teams in our region with five of them gaining wins, while the other got a notable draw against the division’s top side.

Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley all claimed victories and Chesterfield held top of the table Fleetwood to a goalless draw.

So after that impressive day with stand out performers all across the clubs, here is The Star’s Team of the Week:


Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)

Yet another unflappable display from the Owls stopper who on this form is one of the best in the Championship and is also turning out to be one of the outstanding pieces of summer transfer business.


Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday)

Shackled the dangerous Adam Reach well. His defensive skills are improving all the time and he is a great outlet for the Owls on the right hand side.

Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley)

Comfortable and imposing - looks to forging an impressive centre-back pairing alongside skipper Martin Cranie.

Craig Morgan (Rotherham United)

Mr Dependable at centre-half. If he has made a serious mistake this season I haven’t seen it. Headers, blocks and good reading of the game - just like his partner, Kari Arnason.

Dan Jones (Chesterfield)

Time and again the former Owls left-back drove forward beyond the hapless Fleetwood defenders to deliver ammunition into the box but, unfortunately for him, his more attacking colleagues were firing blanks.


Ben Davies (Sheffield United)

Claimed the winning goal during the win over Peterborough and is demonstrating why manager Nigel Clough signed him on a permanent basis following a spell on loan last season. Arguably the best crosser of the ball in the Football League as was shown by some of his deliveries in the victory over Crawley,

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday)

Almost claimed his second goal of the campaign. He was a real driving force in the middle. Excellent with and without the ball, doing plenty of important defensive work and then passing intelligently when in posession.

Richie Smallwood (Rotherham United)

Two games in to his second Millers spell and the midfielder has been a man-of-the-match contender in both. Always available to take a pass, forever breaking up opposition moves. Fire in his heart and coolness in his head.

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers)

At his graceful best. Set up chances left, right and centre. Captain for the day. Relished the extra responsibility.


Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday)

Boro will be sick of the sight of the tall striker. He’s scored three goals in his last two appearances against them. Nuhiu took his goals well and held up the ball tidily.

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United)

Scored two goals in as many games, including a superb finish during Saturday’s win over Crawley Town. The former Everton and Oldham Athletic centre-forward is fast making himself one of the first names on Nigel Clough’s team sheet.


Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United)

The Scottish winger was devastating for Sheffield United last season and, despite struggling for form at the start of this term, has shown glimpses of getting back to his best. Tormented Peterborough during the second-half of Tuesday’s match at London Road and was dangerous for a lengthy spell against Crawley Town, too

Paul Taylor (Rotherham United)

The best attacker on the pitch as Rotherham United beat Millwall at the Den. Helped set up Ben Pringle’s match-winner with a bit of trickery and an inviting cross. The home defence never got to grips with his pace and control.

Jose Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday)

He shielded the back four superbly. Semedo, a fans favourite, kept launching himself into tackles. He got through a tonne of work in midfield.

Sam Winnall (Barnsley)

Terrific goal to get off the mark for the Reds against Gillingham, following his summer switch from Scunthorpe.

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield)

Fleetwood fans always make it tough for the former Blackpool man but the experienced central defender just rises, literally, to the challenge, winning everything aerial and just about everything on the deck.

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