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Leon Wobschall

Team of the Week: Leeds United, Sheffield United and Barnsley well-represented - but who else makes our latest YP starting XI?

IT is Team of the Week time once again and there are healthy representations for Sheffield United, Leeds United and Barnsley.

Football

Video: Selection headache to replace Joe Williams welcomed by Barnsley boss Heckingbottom

BARNSLEY head coach Paul Heckingbottom says that he has several contenders to potentially step in and replace influential midfielder Joe Williams in Tuesday night’s home game with high-flying Cardiff City.

Barnsley FC
Yorkshire and England's Bill Athey in action

Ashes 2017-18: Brisbane Test will once again prove to be pivotal - Bill Athey

IN the immortal words of Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies and statistics.

Cricket
Yorkshire first-team coach Andrew Gale believes Jonny Bairstow has the temperament to thrive in the hostile Ashes environment

Ashes 2017-18: Bairstow the man to ram Aussie taunts down their throats – Gale

STREETWISE, stubborn in a good way and determined, above all, to ram the taunts of any doubters firmly back down their throats.

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Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk.

Video: Delight for Christiansen but only misery for Middlesbrough boss Monk on Leeds United return

LEEDS UNITED head coach Thomas Christiansen insists that his side’s motivation to beat a direct Championship rival in Middlesbrough superseded any desire to get one over former Whites chief Garry Monk in yesterday’s eventful encounter at Elland Road.

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Verdict (video): How Leeds United stayed ‘on message’ to see off Middlesbrough

SOME wins are sweeter than others.

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Sheffield United's Billy Sharp scores the first goal from the penalty spot in Friday's 3-1 win at Burton Albion (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire).

Coutts is going to be big loss for Sheffield United, says captain Sharp

SHEFFIELD UNITED captain Billy Sharp is backing the supporting cast to step up following the unfortunate injury blow suffered by Paul Coutts.

Sheffield United
THE 1986-87 ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM LINE UP BEFORE LEAVING FOR AUSTRALIA AND THE ASHES TOUR. FROM LEFT: BACK ROW: LAURIE BROWN (PHYSIO) BRUCE FRENCH, WILF SLACK, PHILLIP DE FREITAS, CHRIS BROAD, JAMES WHITAKER,GLADSTONE SMALL, JACK RICHARDS, BILL ATHEY, PETER AUSTEN (SCORER) FRONT ROW: MICKEY STEWART (TEAM MANAGER) NEIL FOSTER, IAN BOTHAM, DAVID GOWER, MIKE GATTING, Peter Lush, JOHN EMBUREY (V-CAPT), PHIL EDMONDS, ALLAN LAMB, GRAHAM DILLEY.

Ashes 2017-18: Bygones - How Gatting’s England defied expectations at The Gabba

WOOLLOONGABBA woes have bedevilled England for many a year, but there was one magnificent interlude in November 1986.

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United's Gianni Alioski takes on Boro's Marcus Tavernier.
 (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Player ratings: Hernandez and Alioski impress as Leeds United defeat Middlesbrough

Leeds held on for a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough to snap their losing Sky Bet Championship run and ensure a miserable first return to Elland Road for former boss Garry Monk. Here Leon Wobschall gives his player ratings.

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Ezgjan Alioski

Leeds United 2 Middlesbrough 1: Dominant Leeds spoil Monk’s return

GARRY MONK’S Elland Road return proved a disappointing one as Leeds United claimed the points in a breathless encounter to secure their first victory in five matches.

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Barnsley's Cameron McGeehan. Picture: James Hardisty.

Norwich City v Barnsley: Boss knows how to deal with attention – McGeehan

CAMERON McGEEHAN believes that the star of “young and hungry” Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom is firmly on the rise – but is keeping his fingers crossed that he will stay put at Oakwell.

Barnsley FC
Sheffield Uniteds Paul Coutts was stretchered off with a broken leg last night following a challenge with Burton Albions striker Marvin Sordell (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA).

Burton Albion 1 Sheffield United 3: Coutts’s broken leg casts shadow over Blades’ win

SHEFFIELD United’s victory at Burton Albion last night came at a potentially significant price.

Football
WARM WELCOME: Rotherham United manager Paul Warne. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Rotherham United v Shrewsbury Town: Warne hoping former Millers favourite Hurst gets warm reception

PAUL WARNE is emphatic in his view that he will be doing battle with not just a very dear friend this afternoon – but a future Rotherham United manager too.

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FAMILIAR FACE: Middlesbrough's Jonny Howson battles for the ball with Cardiff City's Junior Hoilett. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA

Leeds United v Middlesbrough: Former captain Howson backs Whites to be ‘in the mix’

LISTEN to most of the pre-match conjecture and you would be forgiven for thinking that it is just Middlesbrough Garry Monk who is returning to Elland Road tomorrow.

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Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom (Picture: Jon Buckle/PA Wire).

Barnsley boss Heckingbottom turns deaf ear to ‘white noise’ of speculation

IF last year taught Barnsley anything, it was surely the need to be proactive and take preventative measures.

Barnsley FC
Guiseley spot stopper Jonny Maxted. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Non-League: Guiseley goalkeeper Maxted spot on with mind games

AS WEEKS go, Jonny Maxted would struggle to recall a more eventful or memorable one in his career to date.

Football
Matthew Kilgallon of 
Bradford City (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Defining period will bring best out of Bradford City – Matthew Kilgallon

BRADFORD CITY would have struggled to handpick a tougher end to November if they tried.

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Barnsley boss Heckingbottom - no contact with Sunderland

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom has straight-batted talk of a move to Championship rivals Sunderland and insisted there has been no contact between both clubs or himself.

Barnsley FC
Guiseley goalkeeper Jonny Maxted saves his first penalty at 
Accrington Stanley in the sides' FA Cup first-round replay. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Guiseley: Going full-time paying off for keeper Maxted – and the Lions

ON THE evidence of his staggering feats of the past two matches, a little bit of tender loving care is reaping a harvest for Guiseley cup hero Jonny Maxted.

Non-League
James Coppinger: Contract at Doncaster is up at end of his 14th year with the club. (Picture: Marie Caley)

Family at home, and at Doncaster Rovers, holds key to James Coppinger’s future

JAMES COPPINGER admits that he will put family first when he makes the fateful decision on his future involvement in the game.

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