Championship Players of the Week: Matchday Two

Millwall, Leeds United, Norwich City and Blackburn stars feature.

GK - David Forde - Millwall

Republic of Ireland international Forde has become a stalwart of Millwall's defensive unit since joining the club in 2008, racking up an impressive 246 appearances for the Lions. He looks set to retain the number one jersey for the near future, and his performance in the memorable 1-0 victory over Fulham was proof of his performance.

Despite coming up against the most highly valued Championship strike-force, Forde kept a clean sheet, making six saves and winning 100% of his aerial battles with the opposition.

The Lions are one of four teams yet to concede a goal, and, despite Fulham failing to hit form, to keep a clean sheet against their array of talent brings hope to the Millwall faithful that promotion may be a real possibility this season.

CB - Jason Pearce - Leeds United

Despite Stephen Warnock receiving all the praise for his performance in the 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough, it was teammate, and recently appointed Leeds captain, Jason Pearce who was the stand out performer at the heart of the Whites defence.

The 26-year old appears to be relishing his role as team captain, putting in a solid performance to lead the Whites to their first league victory this season. The former Bournemouth and Portsmouth captain won two tackles, four interceptions and completed four effective clearances as Leeds kept a clean sheet.

Despite a rather fortuitous decision that saw Middlesbrough have a legitimate goal ruled out, Pearce will be delighted with his performance at the centre of a fantastic rearguard performance.

CM - Bradley Johnson - Norwich City

The stand out performer of the weekend, former Arsenal youth product Johnson controlled his team in a convincing 3-0 victory over 10-man Watford. The 27-year old midfielder excelled in both an attacking and defensive role, and rounded off his performance with arguably the goal of the weekend.

Whilst he registered three shots on target, and two key passes with a pass completion rate of 87%, he also won one tackle and three interceptions.

While he was allowed time and space to an unprecedented level with the dismissal of Joel Ekstrand in the second minute, he capitalised on this benefit with a performance that the Canaries were missing during their campaign in the Premier League. If Johnson continues to perform in such a positive manner, Norwich may just secure their return to the top flight immediately.

ST - Rudy Gestede - Blackburn Rovers

Benin international Gestede holds something of a negative reputation in English football, with him being seen as unprofessional, lazy and not very effective. His three year spell in England has been rewarded with just 21 goals in 82 games, although his start to the 2014/15 season may hint at a new spell of form for the hulking striker.

He netted both goals in Blackburn's victory over Blackpool, registering a further shot on target, but it is his apparent team ethic that makes him the stand out forward from the last round of matches.

While throwing his weight around in the final third of the pitch, Gestede also aided his teammates in the defensive side of the game, winning one interception and making six effective clearances, as well as winning 14 aerial duels - a weekend high.

If the former French youth international continues performing in such a reliable manner his goal-scoring record may be forgive, although it certainly helps that he appears to have also found a consistent route to the back of the net.

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