Sports Mole's Championship Team of the Week

Championship Team of the Week
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Sports Mole picks out its best XI for the 11th round of fixtures in the Championship and highlights the biggest numpty and the best goal.

This weekend's 11th round of fixtures in the Championship saw 37 goals and three red cards.

Burnley and Queens Park Rangers continue to set the pace after they maintained their respective unbeaten runs of nine and 10 games.

Leicester City, Nottingham Forest, Watford and Blackpool complete the top six, while at the bottom Sheffield Wednesday are now the only side still waiting for their first win as Bolton Wanderers broke their duck at Birmingham City.

The Owls are not bottom, though, as Yeovil Town and Barnsley's torrid runs continued.

Here, Sports Mole picks out its best XI and highlights this week's numpty and best goal.

Ben Hamer (Charlton)
The Addicks picked up their first clean sheet of the season as high-flying Blackpool were kept out at The Valley.

Kieran Trippier (Burnley)
Burnley's deadly strike duo of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have written most of the headlines in Burnley's surprise charge to the top of the table, but it's defender Trippier who may be their best player. He has been scintillating at right-back all season and notched up another assist in the 2-1 win over Reading.
Gary MacKenzie (Blackpool)
Another defender who may be his club's best player this season is MacKenzie, who put in an almighty performance as Blackpool kept a clean sheet at Charlton.
Rob Jones (Doncaster)
Donny's winner against Leicester was extremely fortuitous (see Biggest Numpty below) but they shut out an in-form Leicester side at the Keepmoat, with Rovers captain Jones the pick of their defenders. Leicester's official Twitter feed even described the centre-back as "outstanding".
Ian Harte (Bournemouth)
Veteran left-back Harte provided an assist as well as slapping the crossbar with a free kick as the Cherries surged back from a two-goal deficit to thrash Millwall 5-2.

Chris Burke (Birmingham)
It's not often that a player on the losing team makes it into the TOTW, but Burke fully deserves his place here after a lung-bursting performance against Bolton Wanderers. He terrorised Bolton left-back Alex Baptiste and delivered numerous inviting crosses that his teammates failed to take advantage of.
Medo (Bolton)
The Trotters' number 44 was a key performer as Dougie Freedman's side finally bagged a win at St Andrew's. Medo regularly broke up the Blues' attacks and was one of the reasons that Burke's sumptuous crosses came to nothing.
Henri Lansbury (Forest)
Two goals for former Arsenal man Lansbury as Forest extended their unbeaten run to six games by beating Brighton. The second was a powerful penalty after a clever header brought the scores level at The Amex.
Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough)
Adomah won the penalty that led to his goal against Yeovil with a rapid run down the left side. He was then the most alert to bundle the ball home after Grant Leadbitter's spot kick came back off the post.

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough)
Kamara was a force up front as Boro came from behind to brush aside Yeovil 4-1 and end a run of eight games without a win. The Sierra Leonean could have had a hat-trick too as he hit the woodwork twice.
Chris Martin (Derby)
Derby finally picked up three points at home as Steve McClaren's first game in charge ended in a 3-1 victory over Leeds. Martin scored the first and then brilliantly set up Johnny Russell for the second with a back-heel.

Numpty of the Week

Kasper Schmeichel: Clear winner in this category this week as Schmeichel's awful clanger resulted in the only goal as Donny beat Leicester. Mark Duffy's corner wasn't being attacked by anyone and should have been easily caught by the Dane, who somehow let it slip through his hands and into the net. A comical gaffe from the 26-year-old.

Goal of the Week

Liam Trotter (Millwall) vs. Bournemouth: Millwall may have ended up on the end of a 5-2 beating, but they must have thought that they were in cruise control when Trotter put them two up inside the opening 10 minutes. The central midfielder burst forward before expertly lifting the ball high over Stephen Henderson and into the net.

Forest's Andy Reid is congratulated by team mates after scoring the opening goal against Watford on August 25, 2013
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