Championship Players of the Week: Matchday Three


Watford, Ipswich, Norwich and Nottingham Forest stars were the best players of Championship Matchday Three.

GK - Gomes - Watford

The former Tottenham goalkeeper has not played much football in the last two seasons - featuring just nine times for German club Hoffenheim last season, with whom he spent a short loan spell. Moving to Vicarage Road at the ending of his contract, the 11-time capped Brazilian international has feature in all three Championship fixtures this season, conceding three goals in the process - with all three goals coming in the defeat to Norwich.

The Hornets 2-0 away victory over Rotherham was less than a stellar performance, and 33-year old keeper was to thank for the victory - keeping a clean sheet despite the Millers attacking intent. He made three saves and successfully claimed two crosses - an impressive return for a keeper widely acknowledged as something of a catastrophe waiting to happen. With the defensive problems that surround Watford's backline, Gomes will have to continue with performances like this if the Hornets are seriously contemplating promotion.

DF - Christophe Berra - Ipswich Town

29-year old Scottish international Berra moved to Portman Road in the summer of 2013, ending his first season with the Tractor Boys having made 42 league appearances and netting five goals - the third highest of any Ipswich player. His formidable partnership with Tommy Smith saw two consecutive league victories at the beginning of this season, and, although Birmingham netted twice against Ipswich, Berra played an important part in securing a result for his teammates.

Berra netted both goals to secure the 2-2 draw, with his injury time equaliser securing him the man of the match performance. His two shots on target both found the back of the net, and he also won three tackles and completed 9 effective clearances. Whilst defensive partner Smith excelled in the backline, it was Berra's performance all the over the pitch which drove his team onto scraping a result at the death.

MF - Bradley Johnson - Norwich City

For the second week in a row, Johnson again performed admirably - cementing his place as one of the best Championship players. His deep-lying performance in the 3-1 victory over Blackburn was similar to his role over the weekend, and he was the best midfield player for matchday three.

His long distance chip over Paul Robinson mirrored his goal against Watford on Saturday, and, aside from scoring, the former Leeds man won two tackles and cleared the ball effectively four times. Despite playing less passes, and having a worse pass completion rate than his teammates, his accurate long balls - of which he played nine - guaranteed that the Canaries were rarely threatened by goalscoring opportunities - Blackburn registered just four shots on target.

ST - Britt Assombalonga - Nottingham Forest

Forest's record signing, £5.5 million man Assombalonga has started his career at the City Ground in style, netting three times in his opening three games for Stuart Pearce's men. The 21-year old - who netted 23 times for Peterborough last season - scored his third goal for the club in the 2-1 victory away at Bournemouth, tying the game before Matty Fryatt scored the winner.

The youngster - a product of Watford's youth academy - scored from his only shot on target, whilst he also played one key pass, completed two successful dribbles, and won three of his aerial duals. He helped his teammates with the defensive phase of the game - completing four effective clearances - although he did struggle to link up with his fellow players - completing just 59% of his passes. Whilst this can be put down to his limited time with the squad, if Assombalonga can continue to score in the manner he is doing, his teammates will not care that he cannot pass the ball.

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