Championship Team of the Week: Matchday Four

Derby County, Watford and Nottingham Forest stars all feature.

GK - Dean Gerken - Ipswich Town

29-year-old Gerken made six saves to prevent the goalscoring talents of Norwich City adding to their one goal tally. Despite being beaten once, with Lewis Grabban netting a fortuitous header, the Canaries failed to score from their seven further shots, with Gerken commanding his defence with ease.

RB - Cyrus Christie - Derby County

Registered one assist from defence, whilst also winning six tackles and three interceptions, the 21-year-old was a key part in the Rams destruction of Fulham. The 5-1 scoreline allowed him to attack, and alongside his assist, he also registered a further key pass and one successful dribble.

CB - Grant Hanley - Blackburn Rovers

Despite conceding two goals, 22-year-old Hanley's performance is deserving of a place in the team of the week. The central defender won eight interceptions and 100% of his aerial duals, whilst also completing two successful dribbles and netting the second goal of the game. A lack of concentration late in the game almost cost Blackburn the victory, but Bournemouth could score just twice.

CB - Michael Turner - Norwich City

The best performing defender in Norwich's clean sheet victory over Ipswich, the former Sunderland man completed 11 effective clearances - a game high - as well as winning two interceptions and one tackle. He won eight aerial duals, limiting Ipswich to just two shots on target.

LB - Daniel Pudil - Watford

Performed as his usual assured self in Watford's 4-1 victory over Leeds United. Aside from admirable defending - he won two tackles, two interceptions and cleared the ball nine times - the Czech international also acted as an attacking outlet on the left wing, playing two key passes and completing one successful dribble. However, needs to work on his crossing into the box.

RM - Jamie Ward - Derby County

An explosive performance from attacker Ward saw him net one of the five-goal haul that defeated Fulham. He failed to register an assist, although his two key passes showed his creative instincts, and his three interceptions showed a desire to fight from the front line. One of many standout performers for Derby last weekend.

CM - Daniel Tozser - Watford

Scorer of the Hornets final goal in the 4-1 rout, Tozser netted a long range free kick to round off a commanding performance. He played 74 passes - two of which were key - with an accuracy of 82%, and controlled the game to his own tempo. A dominant performance from the Hungarian international.

CM - Grant Leadbitter - Middlesbrough

Netted two penalties in Middlesbrough's 3-2 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, reviving some hope into Boro's chances of getting a result. Despite the goals coming too late, Leadbitter dominated the midfield with 90 touches - a game high - and completed 90% of his 70 passes, of which five were key. He also won four interceptions, showing off his importance to both defence and attack.

LM - Michail Antonio - Nottingham Forest

The key performer in Forest's 4-0 demolition of Reading, new signing Antonio has started the season in remarkable fashion, netting three goals and registering two assists in his four games. His game winning performance against Reading saw him score two of those goals, and lay on one for his teammates. However, it was his defensive performance that caught the eye, winning three tackles and completing three effective clearances to aid his team all over the pitch.

ST - Chris Martin - Derby County

The final Derby player - and arguably the finest - Martin continued his goalscoring exploits from last season by netting twice against Fulham. The Rams leading scorer last season with 25 goals, Martin netted two from three shots on target, although his six overall shots show a wastefulness that should be removed from his game if he wants to improve further. Key to Derby's promotion hopes, Martin looks set to impress again this season.

ST - Fernando Forestieri - Watford

The standout performer from the weekends action, the former Italian youth international was the decisive creative outlet in Watford's victory over Leeds. He scored twice, won a penalty and received a standing ovation on his 76th minute substitution. It was his second goal that won the plaudits, beating five men with a run into the box before poking the ball into the far corner. It was one of six successful dribbles completed by the 24-year-old, who also won four tackles - working hard for the good of the team.

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