Antenucci, Heland and more: The Championship's best weekend performers

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Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn Rovers and Watford stars all feature.

Another weekend has passed and another round of interesting Championship results was produced with Wolves and Derby on the end of bad defeats, as they look to retain positions near the top of the table.

Blackpool made some slight progress at the other end of the table as they picked up a point with the other two sides in the bottom three both on the receiving end of further defeats.

Here are the best performers in the Championship over the weekend in different areas.

Goals

  PositionTeamGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Mirco Antenucci FW Leeds 2 1 90
Jake Cooper DF Reading 2 1 90
Stevie May FW Sheff Wed 2 1 90
Britt Assombalonga FW Forest 1 1 88
Patrick Bamford FW Middlesbrough 1 1 90

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci was superb with both goals in the win against Derby. He was unplayable at times and Neil Redfearn will be hoping to see more of the same from him over the next few weeks.

Accurate Crosses

  PositionTeamAccurate CrossAppearancesMins Played
Grant Leadbitter MF Middlesbrough 7 1 90
David Cotterill MF Birmingham 5 1 90
Ben Marshall MF Blackburn 5 1 90
Jonny Howson MF Norwich 4 1 90
Adrián Colunga FW Brighton 3 1 89

Middlesbrough star Grant Leadbitter was the most accurate in terms of crosses, with two more than any other player. He gets into good wide positions and is precise with the balls he delivers into the opposition’s box, which makes Boro a hard team to defend against.

Interceptions

  PositionTeamInterception WonAppearancesMins Played
Jeremy Helan MF Sheff Wed 8 1 90
Cole Skuse MF Ipswich 7 1 90
Giuseppe Bellusci DF Leeds 6 1 90
Lewis Cook MF Leeds 6 1 90
Dorian Dervite DF Bolton 6 1 90

Jeremy Helan of Sheffield Wednesday was most effective in terms of the number of interceptions won, which shows that he displayed great intelligence over the weekend to read the play effectively, stepping in to cut out danger before it developed.

Saves

  PositionTeamSavesAppearancesMins Played
Simon Eastwood GK Blackburn 9 1 90
Bartosz Bialkowski GK Ipswich 5 1 90
Artur Boruc GK Bournemouth 5 1 90
Scott Carson GK Wigan 5 1 90
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos GK Middlesbrough 5 1 90

Simon Eastwood of Blackburn Rovers deserves huge praise for his performance against Middlesbrough as Blackburn grabbed a point. Were it not for his heroics in terms of the saves he made, Blackburn may not have taken anything from the game.

Passes

  PositionTeamAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Daniel Tözsér MF Watford 71 1 90
Dean Whitehead MF Middlesbrough 67 1 90
Alexander Tettey MF Norwich 56 1 84
Lee Tomlin FW Middlesbrough 56 1 90
Sebastien Bassong DF Watford 55 1 90

Daniel Tozser will be frustrated that his efforts were wasted for Watford in the game against Cardiff. Dean Whitehead of Middlesbrough also deserves a mention for protecting possession effectively against Blackburn.

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