Sports Mole's Championship Team of the Week

Ross McCormack of Leeds United celebrates scoring during their Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road Stadium on October 20, 2013
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Sports Mole selects its best XI for gameweek 15 of the Championship, as well as highlighting the biggest numpty and the best goal.

The 15th round of fixtures in the Championship gave us 36 goals and just the one red card as pacesetters Burnley, Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers all faltered.

League leaders Burnley were held to a 1-1 draw by Bournemouth, with QPR also drawing 1-1 with Reading, while Leicester were beaten at home for the first time by Nottingham Forest.

At the bottom, Yeovil drifted further away from safety by losing to Wigan Athletic in Sunday's one and only match.

Here, Sports Mole picks out its best XI as well as highlighting the biggest numpty and the best goal from the weekend.

Alex McCarthy (Reading)
The Royals' keeper was in top form against QPR as the likes of Charlie Austin and Junior Hoilett tried numerous times to beat him. Joey Barton's free kick did find a way through but, all in all, it was a stunning display between the sticks from McCarthy.

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan)
The ever-smiling Boyce has led Wigan in their first season back in the Championship and at Yeovil on Sunday he was assured at the back.
Jake Buxton (Derby)
Buxton's minutes have been limited for the Rams this season but he showed why he should be picked with a goal and clean sheet as Derby romped past lowly Sheffield Wednesday.
Jack Hobbs (Forest)
The former Liverpool man has been brilliant for Forest in their two East Midlands derbies this season. Against Derby he scored the winning goal while on Saturday against Forest he helped keep out in-form Leicester.
Tom Kennedy (Barnsley)
Kennedy saw plenty of the ball on the left of Barnsley's defence as the Tykes failed to get past South Yorkshire neighbours Donny, drawing 0-0 at Oakwell.

Matt Phillips (QPR)
The summer signing from Blackpool was electric down the right of Rangers' midfield against Reading. In the first half, especially, Phillips was all over left-back Stephen Kelly and provided a number of good crosses that could have resulted in goals.
Jay Spearing (Bolton)
Snappy midfielder Spearing was everywhere and provided an assist as Wanderers won their first home game of the season against Millwall.
Will Hughes (Derby)
The highly-rated teenager was confident on the ball and also added a goal against Wednesday.
Paul Taylor (Ipswich)
It hasn't quite worked out for Taylor since moving to Ipswich in the summer of 2012. He was recently loaned out to former club Peterborough and provided a big impact from the bench as Ipswich triumphed dramatically against Blackpool. Taylor put the Blues 2-1 up in the 84th minute before sending over the corner that Daryl Murphy headed home in the dying moments to clinch a 3-2 win.

Ashley Barnes (Brighton)
Barnes is having an extended run in the team because of Leonardo Ulloa's absence and he was twice on the scoresheet as the Seagulls swept aside Blackburn.
Ross McCormack (Leeds)
The easiest selection of the lot and a second week in a row in our best XI for Scottish striker McCormack. He scored all four goals at Charlton to make it six in two games as Leeds moved within a point of the playoff places.

Numpty of the Week

Kyle Bartley: The Birmingham centre-back scored two goals as the Blues won at Huddersfield Town, but was then sent off for over-celebrating the second, making it nervier than it needed to be in the final moments for Lee Clark's side.

Goal of the Week

Cameron Stewart (Charlton) vs. Leeds: His side may have let in four at the other end, but Stewart scored the goal of the week with a spectacular first-time volley to level the score at 1-1.

A general view of Charlton Athletic's home ground The Valley on July 27, 2013
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