The Star’s Team of the Week

Team of the Week

Team of the Week

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It was a dramatic weekend of action with three derbies producing all manner of incident and plenty of stand out performances.

Here is out Team of the Week (3-5-2)...

Goalkeeper

Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday): What a top Championship goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is. His decision making is first class and he is clearly benefiting from playing regular first-team football. Pulled off a string of world class saves against Leeds, particularly when the match was scoreless.

Defence

Craig Alcock (Sheffield United): The Blades conceded three goals but the former Peterborough defender could not be held accountable for any of them. Made one superb tackle to deny Chesterfield’s Daniel Johnson during the early exchanges. Unlikely to make a better tackle all season.

Craig Morgan (Rotherham): Step forward the Rotherham United skipper who was a rock in central defence in the thrilling 1-1 draw at Championship leaders Norwich City. Nothing got past him all afternoon. Fabulous partnership with Kari Arnason, another strong performer for the Millers again.

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday): All eyes were on Lees as he returned from injury to take his place in the side against the team who showed him the door in the summer and as usual the defender was unnerved by the occasion. As dependable as ever

Midfield

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers): The South African international gave Scunthorpe United no room to play during Saturday’s derby encounter at Glanford Park. The 26-year-old continued to break up play beautifully to send Rovers on the attack and had a hand in both goals.

Marc De Val (Doncaster Rovers): The Spaniard constantly stifled Scunthorpe’s attacking force as he sat in front of the Rovers back four in Doncaster’s 4-1-4-1 formation. His solid play allowed the likes of Richie Wellens, Harry Forrester and James Coppinger to attack with purpose and without De Val, United could have rallied through the attacking trio of Terry Hawkridge, Paddy Madden and Rory Fallon. Most of his work will often go unnoticed but De Val’s patient and purposeful display was every bit as important as Nathan Tyson’s match-winner.

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday): By his own admission, Maguire hasn’t been at the top of his game this season, but showed signs of it on Saturday with a solid display against Leeds and a super goal to put the Owls in front.

Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield): Crackerjack goal and a top drawer 90 minutes as he covered every inch of the perfect Proact pitch to help Spireites race to a three goal lead and then hold on after Blades’ late comeback. His best performance and first goal of the season.

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield): Only Jimmy Ryan topped him on the park in the pulsating local derby. Morsy broke up play, broke from defence to attack and broke the hearts of the United engine-roomers by seemingly being omnipresent on the pitch.

Forwards

Devante Cole (Barnsley): Terrorised the Rochdale back four as he played a major role in Barnsley’s coupon-busting victory at in-form Rochdale.

Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers): Caused Scunthorpe problems all afternoon with his pace and need to chase down every ball. He forced United into several errors at the back and capped off a fine performance, following his return from a head injury, with a fine goal which proved to be the all-important match-winner for Paul Dickov’s side.

Subs:

Adam Collin (Rotherham United): An amazing triple stop from the Rotherham keeper, with a little bit of help from Kari Arnason on the second one, denied Norwich City what seemed a certain opener at Carrow Road. Flying save to keep out Lewis Grabban’s header, deflected Cameron Jerome’s follow-up on to Arnason on the line, then somehow kept out Jerome’s second attempt while he was still on the floor. Amazing.

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United): Not the Scottish winger’s most impressive display in a Sheffield United shirt but he kept going right until the end of the game. Worked tirelessly along the flanks and sent some decent crosses into the Chesterfield penalty area.

Luke Berry (Barnsley): Produced an energetic, battling midfield performance as Barnsley ended a five-match winless run at Keith Hill’s Rochdale.

Daniel Johnson (Chesterfield): Once again the Villa loanee showed just how good a player he’s developing into. Was involved in the build up for Ryan and Doyle’s goals for Spireites. He’ll be severely missed when he returns to the West Midlands.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United): Impressed on his return from injury after coming on as a substitute during the second-half of Sheffield United’s game against Chesterfield. Caused the home defence plenty of problems and delivered the free-kick which led to Neill Collins’ goal.

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