LET’S be honest, not a vintage weekend for Yorkshire teams, was it..
Saturday was a day for the grafters rather than those who supply the guile. Just one Yorkshire side won in Bradford City and that was at the expense of a White Rose rival in Doncaster Rovers, who like near-neighbours Rotherham United were starting off life under new management.
That said, there was a touch of polish on show if you looked deep enough in Sheffield Wednesday’s draw with Hull, while the Millers had their moments at Brentford, albeit in a losing cause. A worthy mention to Huddersfield Town too for chiselling out a commendable point at a tough venue in Portman Road.
Here, The Yorkshire Post picks out our team of the weekend.
1: Jed Steer (Huddersfield Town). Clean sheet at a difficult venue in Ipswich Town and that sort of thing is always welcome. Signed a new contract with parent club Aston Villa recently and made a key late save to deny David McGoldrick at the death.
2: Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United). An assured performance by the young Blades defender by all accounts with his display described as ‘super’ by Nigel Adkins. One of the positives from an ultimately disappointing draw against ten-man Oldham.
3: Joe Mattock (Rotherham United). Storming goal from the left-back, although ultimately a bittersweet afternoon after succumbing to a shoulder injury. Will be missed.
4: Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town). Back after six matches out following injury and manned the barricades with aplomb against opponents who provide a physical examination throughout and don’t give you a moments’ peace. As a visiting defender, you invariably earn your money at Portman Road with shut-outs rare.
5: Reece Burke (Bradford City). A young lad who we may here a bit more about in years to come. The West Ham loanee was different class at the Keepmoat and played like a veteran.
6: Richie Wellens (Doncaster Rovers). Had a tough time of it with his ‘move’ to Wigan that never was, with some Rovers supporters beginning to suggest he is now too long in the tooth. Rolled back the clock and was comfortably Rovers’ best on Saturday.
7: Paul Green (Rotherham United). Recalled to the Millers side and his savvy added something in the engine room, with the former Leeds midfielder almost marking his return with a second-half goal. A proven operator at this level and someone Neil Redfearn will be counting upon in the weeks ahead.
8: Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday). A stand-out display by the midfielder, with Sam Hutchinson not far behind. A player with real Championship nous and supplemented the attack when possible. A key cog under Stuart Gray and pretty important to Carlos Carvalhal too.
9: Abel Hernandez (Hull City). Has taken to Championship life impressively and moved to within two goals of divisional top-scorer Nick Blackman on Saturday. Might have only turned up late on Thursday following international duty on Thursday, but came up with the goods for Bruce, who will be delighted by his contribution so far - and appetite and attitude.
10: Devante Cole (Bradford City). Five goals in eight matches is a record that stands up with any rival striker across Yorkshire. Poacher’s goal and pestered Rovers with his pace and showed maturity in his all-around game. Super start to his Bantams career.
11: Jordan Botaka (Leeds United). Produced some encouraging moments on what was ultimately another tough afternoon for United’s long-suffering followers. Now the managerial baton has been passed onto Steve Evans, who is assigned with getting the best out of the likes of Botaka with some canny man-management. Not the finished product at this level, but does possess something.
Manager of the day: Phil Parkinson. His Bradford side produced a thoroughly professional away-day performance. Organised, solid and with tactical acumen, the sort of display that serves a manager well in League One and provides comfort as the nights draw in.