It wasn’t a vintage week for our sides with only Sheffield United coming out with a victory, while Chesterfield’s draw with Notts County was the best of the rest, in terms of results.
There were some impressive stand-out performances throughout the sides though, so here is our Team of the Week...
Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday): Maintained his impressive form in South Wales. He was an assured, calming influence. He brilliantly turned away Aron Gunnarsson’s close range header in the first half and had to be alert after the interval to block Anthony Pilkington’s rasping drive.
Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday): The long-serving Owls star is primarily a right-back. But Stuart Gray, the Wednesday head coach, deployed Buxton at centre-half and he used his experience to good effect, winning his fair share of headers and tackles. Playing two matches in a row will do him a power of good.
Kari Arnason (Rotherham United): Only an 8/10 performer at Ipswich. Are the Icelandic centre-half’s standards finally slipping? Strong, clever defending, good use of the ball and so comfortable in possession. He’s been like it all season.
Georg Margreitter (Chesterfield): The likeable Austrian headed home his first goal in England and he also hit the bar and had one cleared off the line. From a defensive viewpoint, he didn’t put a foot wrong and he’s quickly establishing himself in the side after signing on loan from Wolves to cover Sam Hird’s injury.
Craig Alcock (Sheffield United): Kept it tight at the back for United, who never allowed Gillingham much of a chance and also pushed forward well to support the wide men.
Daniel Johnson (Chesterfield): The Villa loanee continued his purple patch in Spireites midfield in the entertaining draw with Notts County. He delivered the cross for Georg Margreitter’s goal just after an identical move saw the bar deny the Austrian defender. Spireites will be hoping he stays after his loan spell ends.
Ben Pringle (Rotherham United): The Millers winger could have sulked after being left out against Bolton, but has come back and looked like the League One danger man of last season. Back on his natural left side, he kept the crosses coming and was a key man in Rotherham’s dominant second-half display at Ipswich.
James Wallace (Sheffield United): Starting to really settle in the United team. Used his strength well to win the physical battle in the middle of the park and made some driving runs that made space for the Blades’ wide men.
Michael Doyle (Sheffield United): Solid and dependable, Doyle did all the dirty work, which gave Wallace the opportunities to get forward. Mopped up and played simple passes, a prime example of getting the basics right and everything else falling into place.
Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United): Strictly not a forward in the old fashioned sense, but we’ll have him plying off the front man. Showed signs of returning to the type of form which saw him terrorise defences last season and his winning goal against Gillingham was sublime.
Mark McNulty (Sheffield United): Did well in that lone role up front which sees the striker get very few chances himself but allows others to find a breakthrough. Toiled and harried and harrassed and received a standing ovation from the home supporters when he came off for Michael Higdon, who, himself, picked up the reins well.
Ross Turnbull (Barnsley): Were it not for him, the Reds could have been looking at an even bigger deficit than the three they conceded against Swindon.
Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers): He had a thankless task upfront on his own but never stopped running and working hard for the team. Just needs a couple of goals under his belt to get his season going