Yorkshire’s Team of the Week sees Leeds United and Rotherham United leading the way

The promotion-chasing Uniteds of Leeds and Rotherham dominate this week’s team of the week.

Mallik Wilks, Matt Crooks and Kalvin phillips all get the nod - but who joins them this week?

Leeds have had a difficult spell since mid-December, but took an important point at Brentford on Tuesday then completely outplayed Bristol City at the weekend, despite only winning 1-0. As a result, their representatives are from the back end of the team.

League One leaders Rotherham United were held to a draw at home to struggling Wimbledon on Saturday, but manager Paul Warne felt this was another performance which was better than the result.

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Barnsley, Bradford City, Huddersfield and Hull City are represented after varying two-game weeks, but there is no one from Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday, who are unfortunately pretty consistent in their poor form at present.

LEADING LIGHT: Luke Ayling celebrates his winning goal. for Leeds United against Bristol City at Elland Road on Saturday. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Goalkeeper: Daniel Iversen (Rotherham United) – A solid performance from the Millers’ on-loan goalkeeper in their draw with Wimbeldon.

Right-back: Luke Ayling (Leeds United) – A real leader for the Whites, Ayling backed up a brilliant defensive display against Brentford with a thrilling attacking one versus Bristol City, scoring the only goal.

Centre-back: Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) – Two solid performances from the Doncaster central defender.

Centre-back: Richard Stearman (Huddersfield Town) – A poor midweek for the Terriers was recovered at Derby County, but Stearman has quickly established himself as a steady defensive presence.

Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber, pictured on the touchline at Craven Cottage at Craven Cottage. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA

Left-back: Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) – Leeds’s utility man has been used at left-back this week, and was excellent against Bristol City, having a shot deflected against the crossbar and creating chances for others.

Central midfield: Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) – No surprise that the Whites looked much more solid defensively with their midfield anchorman back from suspension last week.

Central midfield: Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) – Dan Barlaser and Matt Crooks both impressed in the Millers’ midfield on Saturday, but the latter’s goal gets him the nod.

Right wing: Mallik Wilks (Hull City) – The right winger has made a quick impact on the KCOM Stadium, and scored in Friday’s pulsating 4-4 draw with Swansea City, on a night when Marcus Maddison and Leandro Lopes Da Siilva scored their first Hull goals.

How they line-up this week ... Graphic: Graeme Bandeira.

Hole: Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) – “He is a leader in my team. When Cauley is in the mood he is a big player,” said Gerhard Struber after a two-goal performance against former club Fulham from his attacking midfielder.

Left-winger: Shay McCartan (Bradford City) – Could not make the same impact away from home on Saturday, but the two goals which secured Stuart McCall’s first win back at Valley Parade earn him the nod.

Centre-forward: Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) – A goalscoring performance from the bench earn Rotherham’s record signing a spot ahead of Hull’s Josh Magennis.

Manager: Gerhard Struber (Barnsley) – The Austrian sounded as despondent as he was frustrated after Tuesday’s midweek defeat at home to Birmingham City, but got a brilliant response on Saturday to beat Fulham for the second time this season.