Championship Team of the Month for March: Brennan Johnson, Joel Piroe and Malcolm Ebiowei make the cut | Soccer News

Nottingham Forest are the dominant team in April’s Championship Team, having won seven of the eight matches last month. Bristol City, Huddersfield, Blackpool, Derby, Birmingham and Swansea are also represented as take a look at the XI.

Goalkeeper: Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest) – score 7.16

Brice Samba kicks off the Championship Team of the Month with a rating of 7.16. The Nottingham Forest shot-stopper conceded just three goals in eight games and ranked third in saves (26) to play between the sticks.

Centre-back: Robert Atkinson (Bristol City) – 7.74 rating

With a rating of 7.74, Bristol City centre-back Robert Atkinson is the Championship Player of the Month. The 23-year-old has scored two league goals this season, both in April, to help his inclusion in the XI as the highest rated player.

Centre-back: Marvin Ekpiteta (Blackpool) – rating 7.34

Only two players have made more clearances than Marvin Ekpiteta (34) in April, with the Blackpool centre-back joining Atkinson in a three-man backline. Three of the six goals Ekpiteta has been directly involved in this season came last month, while 36 aerial duels won was the second centre-back to earn a rating of 7.34.

Centre-back: Tom Lees (Huddersfield) – 7.30 rating

The first of the two Huddersfield players completes the baseline. Tom Lees earned a rating of 7.30 as he made more clearances (39) than any other player ensuring the Terriers conceded just four league goals – only Nottingham Forest conceded any less – with Lees a good value for his inclusion.

Right midfielder: Malcolm Ebiowei (Derby) – score 7.46

Malcolm Ebiowei was one of only 10 players to win multiple Man of the Match awards in April. The 18-year-old had a direct hand on three goals, scoring one, and completed more dribbles (25) than any other player to earn a rating of 7.46.

Central midfielder: James Garner (Nottingham Forest) – score 7.64

Nottingham Forest’s second player in the squad, James Garner has scored five straight goals in his eight outings last month. Meanwhile, no player has made more key passes than the on-loan midfielder (25) as he earned a rating of 7.64.

Central midfielder: Gary Gardner (Birmingham) – score 7.37

Only two players have made more interceptions than Gary Gardner (17) in the Championship in April, with the Birmingham player making enough to join Garner in the middle of the park with a rating of 7.37.

Left midfield: Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield) – score 7.34

Harry Toffolo of Huddersfield

Of the five league goals Harry Toffolo has scored this season, four have come in April as the 26-year-old netted in fixtures with Hull, QPR, Barnsley and Coventry. Toffolo was solid on the left last month, as indicated by a rating of 7.34.

Attacking midfielder: Joel Piroe (Swansea) – score 7.44

Swansea’s only player in the side, Joel Piroe has proven to be a bargain for Swans this season. The Dutchman was directly involved in nine league goals in April, more than any other player, scoring seven times. No player has won more Man of the Match awards than Piroe (3) as he earned a 7.44 rating.

Forward: Chris Martin (Bristol City) – rating 7.68

Chris Martin celebrates Bristol City's goal

Bristol City’s second player in the squad, Chris Martin was one of only two players to achieve a perfect 10 in April, against Hull. Martin directly scored five goals in six appearances last month, while only Andy Carroll (50) won more aerial duels as the Robins striker (46) made the difference with a 7.68 rating.

Striker: Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest) – rating 7.52

Joining Martin on the front row, Brennan Johnson had a stellar April, returning a score of 7.52. Only Joel Piroe (9) directly contributed to more goals than Johnson (8) last month as the Wales international played a key role in confirming Nottingham Forest’s place in the playoffs.

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