The Star’s Team of the Week

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After a brief break for international matters, our six teams were back in action on Saturday and with mixed results - some scoring freely, others not; some grinding it out, others getting hammered...

Here is this week’s The Star Team of the Week, based on performances for our region’s sides.

Goalkeeper

Mark Howard (Sheffield United): There weren’t too many star numbers ones at the weekend, with teams either shipping goals or being dominant at the other end. However, despite having little to do for much of the game against Rochdale, Howard made a fine stop late on, from Peter Vincenti, to help ensure all three points went to the Blades.

Defenders

Frazer Richardson (Rotherham United); The right-back came in for his Rotherham United debut after a pre-season injury and turned in a strong, assured performance for 80 minutes. Forget the last 10 when his legs had ‘gone’ and all three subs were on.

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday): His positional sense and distribution with the ball was excellent. The former England Under-21 international has been a model of consistency and looks like one of the bargains of the season.

Craig Morgan (Rotherham United): Kari Arnason was worth a shout again, but we can’t have him every week. Happily, his centre-half partner, Craig Morgan, was just as good at AFC Bournemouth.

Craig Alcock (Sheffield United): Returned to the side following injury and looked like he had never been away. It is easy to see why Peterborough were so keen to retain his services at the end of the last season. Definitely one, if not the most, accomplished full-back in the division.

Midfield

Daniel Johnson (Chesterfield): Came on as an early sub for the injured Gary Roberts and went on to boss the midfield. Fouled for the penalty that Eoin Doyle missed, was involved in the build up for the equaliser, teed up Doyle for the second Spireites goal and also assisted Sam Morsy’s fourth. Busy throughout, rapidly becoming a terrific player for Paul Cook’s side.

Jose Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday): Never goes out of his comfort zone. Knows what he can and can’t do and plays to his strengths. It was largely down to him Wednesday dominated the midfield battleground at Bolton, especially in a one-sided second half.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United): Full of energy and enthusiasm after being granted his opportunity in Nigel Clough’s side. Caused Rochdale’s defence plenty of problems and got his reward in the shape of a fortunate but ultimately match-winning goal.

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley): Showed just why he was named League One player of the month for August. With his team (5-0) down and out, he never gave up, though two superb 25-yard strikes in the closing stages couldn’t save his side from a heavy defeat against MK Dons, this summer capture is destined for a big season at Oakwell.

Forwards

Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield): Missed a penalty when Spireites were a goal down but he bounced back with aplomb with a hat-trick, including one from the penalty spot, taking his seasonal tally to an impressive eight. Many strikers would have capitulated after a key penalty miss, but not this Irishman, who’s on fire.

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United): Once again, combined technique with intelligence as Sheffield United stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games. Equally effective when he dropped deep or advanced into a more attacking role.

Substitutes

Lee McEveley (Sheffield United): Formed a dangerous partnership down the left with Campbell-Ryce, supporting the winger but never to the detriment of his defensive duties. Mopped up across the backline when needed, and was composed throughout.

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield): Solid as ever Spireites skipper who helped ease Austrian debutant Georg Margreitter into the game. Won victories in the air and on the deck against Scunthorpe’s tricky front two of Madden & McSheffrey. Leading by example this season in Spireites super start to the season.

Kamil Zayatte (Sheffield Wednesday): Deputising for the suspended Glenn Loovens, the Guinea international slotted in effortlessly alongside Lees at centre-back, winning his fair share of aerial duels and making several important clearances. It was his first league start since last November.

Devante Cole (Barnsley): Also scored late on as the Reds rallied late on against the Dons, and looks a real handful for opposition defences.