Former England striker spearheads Midlands team of the weekend

Derby County's Thomas Ince celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates

Players from Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Derby County, Birmingham City and Burton Albion make up our Midlands team of the weekend.

Midlands sides experienced a mixed set of results over the weekend, with three wins, four draws and two losses for the region's Premier League and Championship clubs.

The resurgent Stoke City came away from West Ham United's London Stadium with a hard fought 1-1 draw, thanks to a Bojan Krkic equaliser.

In addition to the Potters, Birmingham City were another Midlands side to made a long trip this weekend. Gary Rowett's men travelled to Yorkshire to take on Huddersfield Town in a game that also ended in a 1-1 draw - Lukas Jutkiewicz heading a 73rd minute equaliser for the West Midlanders.

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic celebrates scoring their first goal with Stoke City's Peter Crouch (L) and Charlie AdamStoke City's Bojan Krkic celebrates scoring their first goal with Stoke City's Peter Crouch (L) and Charlie Adam

Nottingham Forest welcomed Queens Park Rangers to the City Ground and maintained their excellent home record against the Rs. Britt Assombalonga's strike in the first half was matched by a late QPR equaliser. The final draw for the Midlands teams came at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium, where Burton and Barnsley shared the points in a 0-0 encounter. 

Victories were experienced by Aston Villa, Derby County and West Bromwich Albion, who defeated Blackburn Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City. Consequently, Wolves and Leicester City were the only two Midlands sides in the Premier League and Championship to lose this weekend.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa in action with Jason Lowe of Blackburn RoversJonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa in action with Jason Lowe of Blackburn Rovers

Here is our Midlands team of the week. 

Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin's clean sheet for Burton Albion helped Nigel Clough's team secure a point against Barnsley and keeps the Brewers away from the drop zone.

In defence, Birmingham City's Ryan Shotton keeps his place from last week's Midlands XI after a dominant performance against Huddersfield. Shotton's team mate Jonathan Grounds makes the team of the weekend after an impressive return to Rowett's line-up. The Birmingham pair are joined by West Brom's Jonny Evans, who was magnificent in helping the Baggies to become the first Premier League team since Arsenal in September 2015 to defeat Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. 

Central midfield selections go to Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak, West Brom's James Morrison and Derby's Will Hughes. Jedinak has starred since Steve Bruce took charge of the Midlands club and the Australian's display against Blackburn was instrumental in the 2-1 victory - including an assist for one of Jonathan Kodjia's goals.

West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips scores their second goalWest Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips scores their second goal

Morrison scored a fine goal in West Brom's 2-1 defeat of champions Leicester and his midfield display was one of the best across the region this weekend. Meanwhile, Hughes returned from suspension and was outstanding throughout Derby's victory against Wolves, excellently assisting Derby's second.

Hughes' team mate, Thomas Ince, bagged two goals in the Rams' impressive win at Molinuex and looked a huge threat going forward. Ince is currently experiencing a fine run of form for Steve McClaren's Derby. On the opposite flank, West Brom's Matt Phillips makes the XI after a well taken goal and energetic display for Tony Pullis' side. 

Derby County's Thomas Ince celebrates scoring their third goalDerby County's Thomas Ince celebrates with Darren Bent

The front two in our Midlands weekend XI sees Villa's Jonathan Kodjia paired with Derby's Darren Bent. Kodjia continued his impressive goal scoring run with both strikes to down Blackburn, whilst former England international Bent dispatched a fantastic volley to score his first league goal of the season.

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