Championship Team of the Week: Matchday Three

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur wonderkids starred in the Championship this week.

GK - Gomes - Watford

Three saves and two successful cross claims make former Tottenham and Brazil goalkeeper Gomes the star man of the weekend. He marshalled the defence in a tricky away game at Rotherham, keeping a clean sheet in a faltering 2-0 win for the Hornets.

RB - Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest

The key man in Forest's defensive set up, winning four tackles and completing six clearances. The goal against Forest came from the other side of the pitch, and Lichaj's performance was central to the 2-1 win. The three fouls he committed should be wiped out of his game to improve further.

CB - Tommy Smith - Ipswich Town

One of two Ipswich central defenders, Smith was vital in securing the 2-2 draw with Birmingham, winning any ball that came his way. His 28 effective clearances was a matchday high, and his two tackles won and two interceptions completed meant that Birmingham could only register three shots on target.

CB - Christophe Berra - Ipswich Town

Smith's defensive partner was not only imperious in his actual position, but the two goals he scored to claim a draw with Birmingham highlighted his attacking threat as well. Whilst his three tackles won and nine effective clearances was not as good as Smith, he had the wider impact across the game.

LB - Paul Dixon - Huddersfield Town

Dixon controlled the left flank as Huddersfield defeated Reading, playing three key passes - a game high - and winning eight tackles and two interceptions. He also cleared the ball six times and won five aerial duals, putting in a man of the match performance.

RM - Joao Teixeira - Brighton and Hove Albion

The Liverpool youngster netted the opening goal of the game in his first start for loan club Brighton, scoring with his only shot on target. He played two key passes and completed four dribbles as man of the match, acting as the main creative outlet in the Seagulls 2-0 dismantling of Leeds United.

CM - Bradley Johnson - Norwich City

Netted a second spectacular lob in a week, the former Leeds man also won two tackles and cleared his defensive lines four times. Less central than his performance on matchday two, the midfielder still showed his quality, and highlighted his importance to Norwich's promotion push.

CM - Alex Pritchard - Brentford

Another loan star, Spurs youngster Pritchard netted the opening goal of Brentford's first win of the season, controlling the game from the midfield. His 94 touches of the ball were rewarded with three key passes and one successful dribble, and he was unlucky not to add to his goal tally.

LM - Jamie Ward - Derby County

The standout performer in Derby's 3-2 loss to Charlton, attacking midfielder Ward netted both his teams goals, whilst also attempting to set up his teammates for victory. He played two key passes with a success rate of 87%, but his fellow Rams could not capitalise on his creativity.

ST - Britt Assombalonga - Nottingham Forest

Scored once in a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth, and acted as a real livewire in the attacking third, winning three aerial duals and successfully completing two dribbles. His high position up the pitch makes him the perfect outlet for Forest's counter-attacking system.

ST - Lewis Grabban - Norwich City

Grabban netted two of his three season goals in the 3-1 victory over Blackburn, although he was fortunate for a penalty rebound for his opened. Despite his goalscoring, he is proving fairly wasteful, and his lackadaisical approach could come back to haunt him against more challenging opposition. However a return of two goals is enough for the new Canaries signing to round off the Championship XI.

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