FOR a select band of Yorkshire supporters suffering from the self-induced excesses of ‘Mad Friday’, a hangover cure was sweetly provided on Saturday - with not a full English breakfast or a paracetamol in sight.
For Rotherham United, there was the sight of their side recording an outstanding victory over Hull City, while at the top, Middlesbrough laid down a marker with a keynote win at leaders Brighton - becoming the first side this term to beat the soaraway Seagulls in the league in the process so far this term.
Sheffield United grafted away with a capital G to chisel out a win at Nigel Adkins’ old club Scunthorpe, while across the Steel City on Sunday, Wednesday feasted out on some charitable Wolves defending to claim their first win over Wanderers at S6 since 1964.
Leeds United won ugly against Simon Grayson’s Preston, but won’t be making any apologies for that, while Bradford City - in Phil Parkinson’s 200th game in charge - claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win at Chesterfield.
Joy at long last too for York City who ended a torrid run of nine defeats with a much-needed 2-1 success over Morecambe, to give Jackie McNamara his overdue first win in charge.
Here’s The Yorkshire Post’s team and manager of the weekend.
1: Marco Silvestri (Leeds United). In inspired form against PNE and made some key stops. Has come under fire early this term, but is answering his critics. An honourable mention in dispatches to Sheffield United’s George Long, who continued his fine form in goal at Scunthorpe.
2: John Brayford (Sheffield United). A big player for the Blades and turned in an accomplished showing to ensure that Adkins’ return to Glanford Park was a winning one. A reassuring presence and the sort who leads by example and who others follow.
3: Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday). One of several in blue and white stripes to have a grand day on Sunday. Did his due diligence at the back and powered forward at every turn, culminating in a wonderfully taken strike in front of the Kop.
4: Dave Winfield (York City). Handed a lifeline by beleaguered York boss McNamara and justified his faith with a sound performance to help the Minstermen finally get the winless monkey off their backs. Also scored a goal and made a key clearance on the line.
5: Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United). No stranger to the Team of the Week and produced another commanding performance for the Millers. Easy to see why Neil Redfearn rates him so highly and the Scot is integral to the club’s chances of successfully staving off the drop if his recent form is anything to go by.
6: Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough). The governor in the middle of the park for Boro on Saturday at Brighton and enjoying an outstanding campaign. One of the form midfielders in the Championship this term, tremendously consistent.
7: Richie Smallwood (Rotherham). Does the bits-and-pieces water carrying role superbly and at his disciplined, diligent and dogged best on Saturday.
8: Tony McMahon (Bradford City). A real Mr Consistency for Bradford and has chipped in with several key goals this term - like on Saturday - along with a plethora of assists. A workaholic in his new role in the middle of the park and sums up what Parkinson’s grounded side are all about.
9: Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday). At his impish best against Wolves and justifying the considerable £3m outlay that the Owls paid for his services in the summer. Eight goals already this term - equalling his best ever seasonal haul.
10: Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday). The Owls are desperately endeavouring to get the Scot to sign a contract extension and again underlined his importance to the club with a display full of quality against Wolves.
11: Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough). Some lovely wing-play set up Kike’s opener at Brighton and married his tricks with a prodigious work-rate. Top-class performance at the Amex.
Manager: Jackie McNamara (York City). Few managers have suffered since a baptism of fire as the Scot and it would have been easy to get seriously downhearted, given what he has had to endure. But stuck to his guns and was finally rewarded on Saturday - that glass of red will have tasted nice.