I’VE picked an adventurous and attacking 3-4-3 formation to accommodate Ched Evans and Lewis Grabban up front.
Welsh international Evans and Grabban both shone in losing causes against Charlton and Port Vale respectively. Evans came close on a couple of occasions to scoring at Bramall Lane while the pacy Grabban was a constant threat for the Millers. Ultimately, the South Yorkshire clubs paid for their profligacy in front of goal and lost for the second Saturday in succession. But Evans and Grabban can hold their heads up high after promising individual performances.
Leader of the attack is Andy Gray after the well-travelled forward notched two goals in Barnsley’s 2-0 home success over Coventry. The result puts Keith Hill’s side five points clear of the relegation zone after the opening 10 rounds of the Championship season.
For the second week on the trot, I’ve chosen Neil Sullivan between the sticks. The evergreen goalkeeper has been a revelation since earning a first-team recall and made a string of superb stops as Doncaster Rovers maintained their fine start under Dean Saunders by coming from behind to beat Peterborough United at London Road.
Steve Foster is one of the three centre-backs alongside Rob Jones, who was outstanding in Sheffield Wednesday’s narrow win at Hartlepool United, and Benin international Reda Johnson, who netted the winner and defended well in an unfamiliar left-back role at Victoria Park.
Brian Stock’s gem of an equaliser earns him a midfield berth and he partners Spireites ace Mark Allott, who turned 34 yesterday, in the centre.
In the wide positions, Alex Mendy and Jim O’Brien complete the line-up.
Neil Sullivan (Rovers)
Steve Foster (Reds)
Rob Jones (Owls)
Reda Johnson (Owls)
Alex Mendy (Spireites)
Brian Stock (Rovers)
Mark Allott (Spireites)
Jim O’Brien (Reds)
Ched Evans (Blades)
Lewis Grabban (Millers)
Andy Gray (Reds)