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Sports Mole's Championship Team of the Week

Sports Mole chooses its best Championship XI following the conclusion of the sixth round of fixtures this weekend.

The Championship resumed this weekend following a two-week international break, but the story remains the same at the top with Brighton & Hove Albion still the team to beat.

Cardiff City have emerged as the Seagulls' closest challengers after six games, making it three wins on the bounce as they continue to efficiently go about their business under Russell Slade.

As well as Brighton and Cardiff, Birmingham City and Leeds United also boast unbeaten records, though in the case of the latter it is now five draws in six outings.

At the bottom end of the division, Rotherham United picked up a much-needed point at Charlton Athletic but still remain at the foot of the table, sitting two points adrift of Bristol City who just about remain afloat.

Following the latest round of action, Sports Mole chooses its best XI, as well as highlighting the biggest numpty and best goal.


Lee Camp (Rotherham United)
A busy debut for the former Bournemouth stopper, who had to be on the top of his game to help Rotherham leave South London with a share of the spoils. Charlton had a whopping 21 shots during the afternoon, including eight on target, but could not find enough of the cutting edge required.

Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic)
Tapped home to rescue Charlton a point in a game that they felt they really should have got more out of. Rotherham had to soak up a lot of pressure but they so nearly found themselves two goals up at The Valley.
Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City)
A contender for unbeaten Cardiff's Player of the Season to date, promotion-winning expert Connolly has formed a solid partnership with Sean Morrison at the back which is keeping star man Bruno Ecuele Manga out of the team.
Michael Dawson (Hull City)
He may have been on the losing side, but the experienced defender helped keep the deficit down to just the single goal. Late block to deny Beram Kayal in particular stood out, while he also kept his backline in check.
Gaetan Bong (Brighton & Hove Albion)
A particularly impressive display from the full-back, offering opponents Hull little room for movement down the left and also getting forward to offer attacking support.

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City)
Cardiff boss Slade is arguably the most understated gaffer in the Championship, yet he deserves credit for merging this disjointed Bluebirds side into potential playoff contenders. Booed for withdrawing Kenwyne Jones in place of Ameobi, the loanee proved that he will be a shrewd capture over the course of the campaign by setting up the first and providing an injection of added quality.
Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers)
Some weight off the shoulders of Feeney this weekend, after finding the net against Wolves for his first goal since January 17 - a run of 27 games without previously finding a way through.
Nick Blackman (Reading)
Tasked with running the channels against Ipswich, Blackman proved to be a real threat during his time on the field. Played a key part for the Royals, and even bagged himself a deserved goal to take just some of the post-match credit.

Orlando Sa (Reading)
A first hat-trick in English football for Sa, who now has four in his last two outings. All the pre-match talk centred around Matej Vydra, for obvious reasons, yet it was the former Fulham flop who stole the show.
Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City)
Sa was not the only player to bag a treble this weekend, as Donaldson did likewise in Birmingham's big win over Bristol City. It took just 41 minutes for the ex-Brentford man to achieve the feat - his second hat-trick for Birmingham and fourth in league football overall.
Chris Martin (Derby County)
At long last Derby are off the mark in terms of wins for the season, putting their barren August to one side to slowly climb up the table. Martin proved vital in the maiden win, finding the net twice - the first of which was a real cracker to put his side on their way.


Numpty of the Week

Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers): Not many goalkeepers can boast having more experience than Green, but even he can sometimes fall victim to a lapse of concentration. After failing to control a back-pass, the ex-England international hauled down Chris O'Grady inside the box to earn a red card. Forest used that to turn the game in their favour, eventually prevailing 2-1 at Loftus Road.

Goal of the Week

Oliver Norwood (Reading) vs. Ipswich Town

A few strong contenders for the award this week, but Norwood's 35-yard drive against the Tractor Boys just about edges out the others. The ball was struck so well that Dean Gerken did not even bother moving from his spot.


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2Wigan AthleticWigan9612157819
3MK Dons105412013719
4Plymouth ArgylePlymouth10541158719
5Rotherham UnitedRotherham10523149517
6Wycombe WanderersWycombe9522129317
7Bolton WanderersBolton104331814415
8Oxford UnitedOxford Utd104331511415
9Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds943297215
10Burton Albion10433911-215
11Morecambe104241714314
12Accrington StanleyAccrington104151219-713
13Portsmouth103341010012
14AFC Wimbledon103341618-212
15Cambridge UnitedCambridge93331214-212
16Cheltenham TownCheltenham103341118-712
17Lincoln CityLincoln103251213-111
18Gillingham102531113-211
19Ipswich TownIpswich92431816210
20Fleetwood TownFleetwood92431616010
21Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury10226714-78
22Crewe AlexandraCrewe10145713-67
23Charlton AthleticCharlton101361017-76
24Doncaster RoversDoncaster9117417-134

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