The Star’s Team of the Week

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It was an indifferent weekend for our teams, but there were still plenty of stand out performers for their respective sides.

Here, we give our Team of the Week and to mix things up a bit, we’re playing with an attack-minded 3-5-2 formation...


Adam Davies (Barnsley): The Reds’ summer capture from Wednesday produced a brilliant second-half performance at Yeovil - an effort which helped Danny Wilson’s men secure a welcome away point.


Kari Arnason (Rotherham United): Seems to be a contender every week. Another classy display from the centre-half who is so comfortable on the ball and also a strong and clever defender.

Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers): The skipper returned to action for Rovers and despite a poor result was instrumental in stopping Jonathan Forte from adding his second for Oldham following a stunning goal-line clearance in the second half.

Charlie Raglan (Chesterfield): Thrust into service after half an hour for his league debut after Sam Hird was injured and the ex-FC United of Manchester man looked like a seasoned professional, repelling attacks by the dozen


Michael Doyle (Sheffield United): Played a crucial role during Sheffield United’s Capital One Cup victory at West Ham, scoring the penalty which ensured the visitors won the shoot-out 5-4 after the second round tie had finished 1-1 after extra-time. Performed in a variety of different positions against Preston North End including, for a time, out on the wing. Deserved standing ovation when he was substituted towards the end of Saturday’s match at Deepdale.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United): Marked his first start for Sheffield United since arriving at Bramall Lane during the close season with a brilliant individual display against Preston North End. Tormented his marker, Ben Davies, to such an extent that Simon Grayson was forced to withdraw him at half-time. Combined guts and flair as he whipped a series of excellent crosses into Jamie Jones’ penalty area.

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley): Smashed home another cracking goal from distance at Yeovil - his third already this season for the Reds.

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday): The Owls top performer on a day when they were unlucky to lose against a top side in Nottingham Forest. Got through lots of work and spread the play well

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield): Made the opening goal and scored the winner. He tormented Vale throughout the afternoon for his best game of the season to date.


Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield): Given a rare start and, for long periods of time, the Vale defence had no idea how to handle him. Strong and determined, this was arguably his best match as a starter.

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday): Lead the line well, especially in the first half, and troubled their centre-halfs. Was unlucky not to add to his goal tally.


Mark Howard (Sheffield United): Continued his excellent start to the new season with superb displays against both West Ham and Preston North End. Saved Enner Valencia’s penalty during Sheffield United’s Capital One Cup success at the Bolyen Ground before producing impressive blocks to deny Chris Humphrey and Jack King as Nigel Clough’s side secured a 1-1 draw at Deepdale.

Paul Taylor (Rotherham United): Brentford couldn’t get the ball off him and he didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. Could have had two goals but denied by bar and keeping heroics.

Richie Smallwood (Rotherham United): Always available to take a pass, hardly ever wastes a ball, good positioning and strong in the tackle.

Jose Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday): Another strong display in the middle of the park by the Owls star who quelled much of Forest’s creativity.