Team of the Week
Matt Gilks - Blackpool
Clean sheets have been hard to come by for Blackpool, so Gilks gets the nod for having secured a shut-out in the Seasiders' goalless draw with Leicester. A stalemate with the Foxes saw Blackpool keep an opponent at bay for the first time in eight matches, and for only the sixth time this season. Chris Wood really should have found the target, but he struck the crossbar with a second-half penalty.
Grant Hanley - Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn remain in the hunt for a play-off spot, and ensured that they were able to take something from a fellow promotion chaser on Saturday. Leeds visited Ewood Park hoping to edge closer to the top six, but saw Hanley and his defensive colleagues stand firm as Rovers ground out a 0-0 draw.
Craig Dawson - Bolton Wanderers
Snapping up Dawson on loan from West Brom proved to be quite a coup for Bolton during the January transfer window, as he was wanted by a number of their second-tier rivals. The England U21 international has settled well at the Reebok Stadium and, having arrived with a reputation as a goalscoring centre-half, he opened his account for the Trotters on Saturday with a brace in a 4-1 thumping of high-flying Hull City.
Peter Clarke - Huddersfield Town
Having conceded six times in midweek at Nottingham Forest, Mark Robins would have been looking for a positive response from his Huddersfield side when they returned to action over the weekend. He got one, as the Terriers fared considerably better in a home date with Ipswich. They collected a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw, with Clarke a commanding presence at the heart of their back four.
Matej Vydra - Watford
Watford clambered into the automatic promotion places on Saturday, with a 2-1 victory over Derby seeing them collect maximum points for the seventh time in their last nine fixtures. Vydra has played a leading role in their surge up the standings. The Czech forward was on target again against the Rams, taking his tally for the season to 20 in 29 appearances.
Radoslaw Majewski - Nottingham Forest
Four goals in the space of five days represents a productive return for Majewski, who has enjoyed a remarkable return to form at Nottingham Forest. The reappointment of Billy Davies to the City Ground hot-seat appears to have breathed new life into the Polish midfielder, with everything going his way at present. There was a hint of good fortune about his latest effort, in a 2-0 victory over Charlton, but he will feel that he is deserving of a few lucky breaks.
Stephen Pearson - Bristol City
Bristol City are giving themselves every chance of steering a course to safety, with four victories secured in their last seven fixtures. They remain inside the drop zone for now, but will be looking to build on a convincing 5-3 victory over fellow strugglers Barnsley. Pearson may not have been among the goals at Ashton Gate on Saturday, but his delivery from set-pieces caused the Tykes all sorts of problems.
Martyn Woolford - Millwall
Having suffered five straight defeats in the league, Millwall made a welcome return to winning ways over the weekend. They did so on the road at Middlesbrough, with a meeting between two sides struggling for form ending 2-1 to the visitors. Woolford grabbed what proved to be the winner for the Lions five minutes before half-time. His effort at the Riverside was just his second of the campaign, and he will be looking to weigh in with a few more goals before the season is out.
Chris Burke - Birmingham City
It is easy to see why Birmingham were so desperate to keep hold of Burke during the winter transfer window, with the winger having been in sparkling form of late. He was at his inspiring best again on Saturday as he helped the Blues to a 2-0 victory over Peterborough. Burke hit the shot which was spilled into the path of Nikola Zigic for Birmingham's opener, and grabbed their second himself after displaying great skill to cut inside off the wing and send a deflected effort looping into the back of the net.
Fraizer Campbell - Cardiff City
Cardiff were already top of the table and pushing hard for promotion to the Premier League by the time Campbell was snapped up from Sunderland in January. He could, however, be the final piece in the Bluebirds' jigsaw. A man capped once by England at senior level has netted five times in as many appearances for Cardiff. The latest of those arrived on Sunday as he bagged a brace in a 2-1 victory away at Wolves.
Jon Stead - Bristol City
Bristol City's weekend heroics have already been discussed, with the Robins crushing Barnsley 5-3 to offer their survival bid another shot in the arm. Stead has been among those to struggle for form and consistency this season, but he enjoyed his afternoon against the Tykes. The languid frontman netted a deadly double, one with his feet and one with his head, as Sean O'Driscoll's side hit five for the first time in 2012/13.