Nine-goal strike star is leading from the front

John Oster.
John Oster.
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GOAL machine Gary Madine is in the form of his life for Sheffield Wednesday and deservedly spearheads the attack for the second week in a row.

Madine bagged two goals at home to Exeter to take his tally to nine in 12 starts. The 6ft 3in forward is partnered by teammate David McGoldrick, who also caught the eye at Hillsborough as Gary Megson’s side moved up two places to seventh in the table.

Neil Sullivan, the former Scottish international, gets the nod in between the sticks. The former Scotland international made a series of crucial stops to help Doncaster Rovers keep their first shut out of the season against Crystal Palace. Sullivan has had to wait patiently for his chance but he performed well at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Full-backs James O’Connor and George Friend also featured prominently in Rovers securing a much needed victory over Crystal Palace while Neill Collins and Jim McNulty also stood out for Sheffield United and Barnsley respectively.

Chris Lines, recalled to the starting line up at the weekend, produced arguably his best performance in a Wednesday shirt since arriving from Bristol Rovers so is selected on the right flank.

Kevin McDonald earned a central midfield berth after a fine display at Adams Park and I have chosen John Oster to play alongside him after he grabbed the winner against the Eagles. It was a welcome win for Rovers and new manager Dean Saunders and maybe Oster’s deflected strike is the goal which kick-starts their season.

Midfielder playmaker Danny Whitaker netted a late penalty in the Spireites’ 3-1 reversal at league leaders Charlton. He was influential cutting in from the left-hand side, and is Chesterfield’s sole representative in the team.

Chosen ones

Neil Sullivan (Rovers)

James O’Connor (Rovers)

Neill Collins (Blades)

Jim McNulty (Reds)

George Friend (Rovers)

Chris Lines (Owls)

Kevin McDonald (Blades)

John Oster (Rovers)

Danny Whitaker (CFC)

Gary Madine (Owls)

David McGoldrick (Owls)