Championship Players of the Week: Matchday Four

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Ipswich Town, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Watford stars dominated Matchday Four of the Championship.

GK - Dean Gerken - Ipswich Town

Gerken signed for Ipswich Town in the summer of 2013, displacing Scott Loach as first-choice keeper, and going on to make 41 Championship appearances in his first season as a Tractor Boy. The 29-year old was a key figure for Colchester United as they achieved promotion to the Championship in 2006, while also starring in their two-year spell in the second division before a move to Bristol City saw him return to the Championship.

In his four appearances for the Tractor Boys this season, Gerken has failed to keep a clean sheet, although he has conceded just five times - including once in the 1-0 home defeat to Norwich City on Saturday. Despite conceding, Gerken put in a commanding performance to limit the Canaries to just one goal - making six saves from the wealth of attacking talent on display. He failed to claim any crosses, and his indecision may have been at fault for Lewis Grabban's winner - although the striker was fortuitous to have not been in an offside position.

DF - Cyrus Christie - Derby County

Youngster Christie arrived at the iPro Stadium this summer, signing a three-year deal from Coventry City. He provided the assist for the winning goal on his debut against Rotherham, and the right-back has carried on in much the same manner, showing off his attacking abilities from a defensive position.

In the 5-1 victory over Derby County, the 21-year old registered just one assist - although he played a further key pass - whilst spending the majority of the game in Fulham's half of the pitch. However, he also proved his defensive worth by winning six tackles and three interceptions. If he was to improve his crossing ability - just one of four was accurate - the youngster could continue to register assists on a weekly basis.

MF - Michail Antonio - Nottingham Forest

The £1.5 million man move to the City Ground this summer from Sheffield Wednesday following a two-year spell with the Owls. Regarded as one of the brightest prospects outside of the Premier League, the 24-year old Englishman has started his Forest career in scintillating form, registering three goals and two assists in his his first four games.

His form continued into Forest's 4-0 victory over Reading, with Antonio scoring twice and assist once to lead his team to victory. Having netted the first two goals of the game, the winger then set-up fellow new signing Matty Fryatt to extend the lead. A third new signing rounded off the victory, with Britt Assombalonga netting the fourth goal of the game. Stuart Pearce's summer transfer business seems to have gone to plan so far, and Antonio looks to have cemented himself as a key player in Forest's promotion push four games into the season.

ST - Fernando Forestieri - Watford

Former Italian Under-21 international Forestieri is regarded as one of the most talented players in the Championship, when he is on form. And he most certainly was in the Hornets 4-1 dismantling of Leeds United. Known for his similarities to Lionel Messi, 'Fessi' netted twice and won a penalty as he catalysed his team to victory.

Having headed in the opener, the 24-year old then won the penalty that Troy Deeney converted to once again take the lead, whilst also reducing Leeds to 10 men in the process. The former Udinese forward then scored the goal of the weekend with a mazy run past five defenders, before slotting the ball into the far corner of the goal. Whilst he is often seen as inconsistent, if Forestieri can perform like this every week, promotion is a real possibility for the Hertfordshire-based club.

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