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Sports Mole's Championship Team of the Week

Sports Mole picks out its best Championship XI from gameweek 12, as well as highlighting the biggest numpty and best goal.

Championship football returned after a two-week absence over the weekend and, just like that, there are no more unbeaten teams in the league.

Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic were the two remaining sides yet to suffer defeat, but they both lost on the road, to Cardiff City and Bournemouth respectively.

Watford are the new league leaders, despite now being on their fourth manager of the season in Slavisa Jokanovic, while Blackpool prop up the table because of Bolton Wanderers' first away win of the season at Birmingham City, who today sacked Lee Clark.

Below, Sports Mole chooses its best XI from the weekend, in a traditional 4-4-2 formation, as well as highlighting the biggest numpty and best goal.

Andy Lonergan (Bolton Wanderers)
Neil Lennon got off to the perfect start in charge of Bolton as he guided the club to their first away points of the season. Lonergan made several key saves, including a sublime late fingertip stop to preserve the win.

Simon Francis (Bournemouth)
A regular in our Team of the Week at right-back, Francis again impressed for Bournemouth in the slim victory over previously-unbeaten Charlton.
Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough)
A second week in a row here for Ayala, who helped in-form Boro to an away win at Brighton & Hove Albion. He played a key role in the second goal, storming forward down the right wing before playing in Albert Adomah to score.
Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers)
Mills kept a clean sheet and scored the winner for Bolton with a bullet first-half header.
Sean Kavanagh (Fulham)
A first Cottagers goal for Kavanagh, whose daisy-cutter across goal was enough for Fulham to beat top-of-the-table Norwich City.

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town)
A blistering performance from Scannell, especially in the first half, as he ran Blackpool ragged and set up both of Harry Bunn's goals that gave the Terriers an early 3-0 lead.
Craig Noone (Cardiff City)
Cardiff beat Forest in Russell Slade's first game in charge but it could have been ever so different if Noone had not superbly cleared a Chris Burke shot off the line. Not long after, Cardiff had taken the lead and then Noone's hard work down the right led to the Bluebirds' second.
Almen Abdi (Watford)
A calming presence in midfield for the now-top Hornets, who saw off Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 at Hillsborough. Abdi got on the scoresheet too, but he will know his shot should never have slipped under Keiren Westwood.
Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town)
Bunn put away both of Scannell's superb crosses and it was his goals that, in the end, proved too much for Blackpool.

Chris Martin (Derby County)
Derby are up to second and now nine games unbeaten after their impressive 3-0 win at Reading. Martin scored two and is now up to eight for the season, one behind the league's top goalscorer - Nottingham Forest frontman Britt Assombalonga.
Ricardo Fuller (Millwall)
The game of the weekend was surely at The Den, where Millwall looked dead and buried at 3-0 down but then fought back to earn a miraculous point. Fuller came off the bench with a little over half an hour remaining and found the net with two lovely finishes.

Numpty of the Week

Pavel Pogrebnyak: It might not have made a huge difference, but Pogrebnyak had a gilt-edged chance to half the deficit at 0-2 when presented with an open goal. Somehow, the Russian could only hit the side-netting.

Goal of the Week

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) vs. Leeds United: Plenty of contenders this week, but we're going to reward Clarke-Harris for his swerving 25-yard shot that won Friday night's Yorkshire derby between Rotherham and Leeds. The 20-year-old had only been on the field for a couple of minutes too!

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Daniel Tozser of Watford is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring his side's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Watford at Ewood Park on September 27, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds95311971218
2Middlesbrough9531113818
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom952222121017
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd95131511416
5Wigan AthleticWigan95131411316
6Derby CountyDerby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City94231411314
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest9351119214
10Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds94231414014
11Norwich CityNorwich94231313014
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn93511111014
13Aston Villa93421514113
14Swansea CitySwansea934276113
15Bolton WanderersBolton9333912-312
16Queens Park RangersQPR9315715-810
17Birmingham CityBirmingham916278-19
18Stoke CityStoke92341216-49
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull City9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich TownIpswich9054612-65
24Preston North EndPreston9126918-95

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