After another exciting day in the Sky Bet Championship, leaders Leicester City have strengthened their grip at the top of table after a comprehensive 3-1 victory away at managerless Millwall.
They have three players in the first Sky Bet Championship Team of the Week of 2014.
Goalkeeper – Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
Another strong and commanding performance from Schmeichel allowed the Foxes to make it four straight wins in the league.
Defender – Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday)
Johnson played a key role in keeping Blackpool at bay as Wednesday recorded a 2-0 victory at Hillsborough. Two clean sheets in three festive games has seen the Owls climb out of the bottom three.
Defender – Wes Morgan (Leicester City)
Another integral part of the Leicester backline that held strong at The Den. The hostile atmosphere clearly didn’t affect this experienced centre-back.
Defender – Kieran Trippier (Burnley)
Trippier continued his excellent season with what proved to be a vital goal in his side’s victory over Huddersfield Town which kept the pressure on leaders Leicester.
Midfielder – Richie Wellens (Doncaster Rovers)
Wellens put in a commanding performance in midfield, and was unlucky to end up on the losing side as Charlie Austin scored a stoppage-time header for QPR.
Midfielder – Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers)
Attacking midfielder Cairney set up both goals and put in an inspired performance, as Blackburn overturned an in-form Leeds United at Elland Road.
Midfielder – Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough)
Carayol put in a strong performance on the wing for Aitor Karanka’s side. He scored the opening goal as he pounced to expertly slot home against a struggling Bolton Wanderers.
Midfielder – Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City)
The Frenchman scored his fourth goal of the season inside six minutes, and gave the Millwall defence a torrid time in a relatively comfortable win.
Forward – Danny Ings (Burnley)
Two more goals for the England under-21 international helped his side to a 3-2 victory against Huddersfield Town in a pulsating game at Turf Moor.
Forward – Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town)
Paterson came back to haunt his old club Burnley as he scored both of the Terriers goals, and was unlucky to finish on the losing side.
Forward – Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)
The Scottish international was at his prolific best, as he scored a trademark goal to lead his side to victory at Elland Road. His goals could be the difference in an already tight race for the playoffs.