PFA League One Team
I mentioned a week or so ago that back in October we had half a team, if not more that at that point could feasibly have made the end of season divisional PFA selection. However only two did at last night's award ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.This was the League One XI:
GK Kelvin Davis (Southampton)RB Frazer Richardson (Charlton)
CB Patrick Kisnorbo (Leeds United)
CB Gary Doherty (Norwich)
LB Ian Harte (Carlisle)
RM Robert Snodgrass (Leeds)
CM Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)CM Nicky Bailey (Charlton)
LM Jason Puncheon (Southampton)
CF Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
CF Grant Holt (Norwich)
In goal was one of our nemesis' Kelvin Davis, who has played well over 550 games (450 more than Rob Elliot). Millwall's David Forde has the best record in the division, so Lions' fans will be upset not to see him in between the posts. Casper Ankergren would have been a good consideration as well.
No shocking defensive decisions in the team. Doherty was preferred to Dailly and Peter Clarke. Millwall's Paul Robinson may have been also have been a good shout. Aussie Patrick Kisnorbo whose season was ended by injury a month ago was certainly the best defender in the league and joins Doherty. The right back berth was given to Frazer Richardson over Millwall's Alan Dunne with the 32-year old Ian Harte on the opposite side. Harte has scored an incredible 18 goals from left back this season.
Nicky Bailey takes his place in midfield. One could argue that Semedo may have been a better benefactor but Bailey's 12 goals and higher media profile cemented his position alongside Norwich's maestro Wes Hoolihan, once a transfer target for Alan Pardew. A player who was bought by Pardew was Jason Puncheon, and if the finances would have been different at The Valley in the summer then he'd have Charlton in brackets after his name, and our left-sided midfield problems would never have been a topic of so much discussion. The much sought after Robert Snodgrass deservedly collected the other midfield slot.
Other potential midfielders that may have been close to selection must have been Colchester's Anthony Wordsworth, Saints' Dean Hammond and Michail Antonio plus the Lions' midfield fulcrum Abdou.
Picking the strikers was the easiest decision of all. With 65 goals between them Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert, who was also in the divisional team last season, were a slam dunk. 19 goal Adam Lallana and 24 goal Lee Barnard as if to prove Southampton's firepower (and to think we got McLeod, Varney and Gray!) would have gotten good mentions in dispatches as would have Jermaine Beckford (30 goals but only six since Leeds' cup exploits).
Swindon, who like fellow promotion rivals Millwall and Huddersfield have no representation do have Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin who have scored 45 between them were unlucky and ordinarily in another season would have certainly been considered. Other options may have been Steve Morison, Jordan Rhodes and Dave Martin. For the record and ignoring Nicky Forster's 16 goals for Brighton, our highest placed League One goalscorer is Deon Burton in 21st place!