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Team of the Season - Kamara
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Football League expert Chris Kamara picks his Championship side of the 2005/6 season.
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Championship Play-off final
LEEDS UNITED V WATFORD
2pm - Sky Sports 1, Sunday May 21
The Championship season comes to a close on May 21 when either Leeds United or Watford will join champions Reading and Sheffield United chasing the Holy Grail in the Premiership next season.
Chris Kamara has followed the action as Football League Ambassador from the very first kick of the season and will be there in Cardiff for the play-off final.
That is why he is better placed than most to pick a Championship team of the season. You won't be surprised to see that there are a few record-breaking Reading players in there but you might not agree with all of his selections.
Have and look, and see what you think, and as ever feel free to let him know what you think. Email Chris Kamara here.
Goalkeeper - Marcus Hahnemann (Reading)
He has come of age this season. I saw Marcus first of all when he was at Fulham and I wasn't sure about his decision-making. It is always difficult when you come from a country where the national sport isn't football, but a lot of the goalkeepers like Casey Keller and Brad Friedel have overcome that. This season has seen Marcus emerge as a very good goalkeeper, and although he has played behind a very good defence, he has won them games at times in his own unflappable way. He has so much presence and is a big lad; he has the confidence and arrogance that you need as a goalkeeper too.
Right back - Gary Kelly (Leeds Utd)
His level of performance is basically why Gary is in here. If you rated him throughout the year he would probably never be below a seven out of ten. The manager knows exactly what he is going to get every time he puts him out on the pitch. Sometimes you get a higher level of performance but he will never drop below a decent performance. You could count his bad games over the season on one finger. He knows the game through and through and is Mr. Leeds.
Left back - Nicky Shorey (Reading)
Left back would be Nicky Shorey at Reading, who has also come of age this season. You looked at the Reading back line this season and they didn't have a weakness defensively, but asked 'could they add a bit more in attack'? Nicky has done that; he joins in and produces brilliant crosses and looks comfortable going forwards, so he was a certainty for the team.
Central defender - Claude Davis (Preston North End)
In my opinion Claude is the best defender in the Championship. He is not great on the ball but he gets all over people and makes it uncomfortable for centre forwards. He has got pace and can run with the best of them and is one of a rare breed of centre backs that wants to nick the ball from in front of strikers. Because of the new rules with tackling from behind, defenders air on the side of caution but he doesn't, yet he doesn't commit a lot of fouls, so his anticipation is first class.
Central defender - Joleon Lescott (Wolves)
If I were Glenn Hoddle I would want to keep him at Wolves for next season but for the lad's own good he needs to get up to the top flight sooner rather than later. He is the Championship's John Terry - enough said.
Central midfield - Steve Sidwell (Reading)
I have never seen him have a bad game and certainly I have seen a lot of Reading this season. He missed a couple of games through injury but even when he came back he didn't struggle to get back on top of his game immediately. He passes the ball nicely, keeps Reading ticking over and has that bit of bite about him. He won't struggle next year in the Premiership.
Central midfield - Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United)
We are led to believe that his best position is centre back which goes to show how well he has gone in midfield. It shows how well he reads the game and how competitive he is. He has been a must for Sheffield United and when he hasn't played or played well, they have lost.
Left Wing - Ashley Young (Watford)
He emerged from nowhere this season under the coaching of Ady Boothroyd. He has got two good feet and has scored some brilliant goals. He is a team player and will certainly play in the Premiership over the years and Watford will be hoping it will be with them next season.
Right Wing - Glen Little (Reading)
Has had an outstanding season. He has skill, vision, arrogance, crossing ability and has scored some goals. He gave Reading everything this year, probably his best season in football.
Centre forward - Marlon King (Watford)
I don't know what Ady Boothroyd has done to him but King is something special now. We compared him in the play-offs to the Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson and King was head and shoulders above him. If Andy Johnson was playing like King right now he would be going to Germany. His level of performance, the goals he has scored and the problems he has caused defenders has been terrific.
Centre forward - Kevin Doyle (Reading)
The surprise of the season, and probably a surprise to his manager as well, given how well he has done. We didn't know too much about him at the start of the season and we thought he was there filling in for Leroy Lita and Dave Kitson, both out injured. But when they came back and got fit, he stayed there because of the way he was playing and the goals he kept on scoring. He is a clever player, not as good as Peter Beardsley, but a player in that mould - getting the ball into feet and jinking and scoring over 20 goals.
Manager - Steve Coppell (Reading)
It had to be. There can only be one manager here, although Ady Boothroyd ran him close and if they go on and get promotion perhaps he can be coach of this team. Coppell has taken Reading to 106 points this year and, I have said it before but I stick by it, that is a record that will not be broken in my lifetime.
Ben Foster (Watford) - We keep going back to the same three or four teams, but you can't look beyond them because they have been the most consistent, and Foster has been that for Watford.
Ibrahima Sonko (Reading) - I couldn't get him into the two centre back positions, but he has had a perfect season.
Malky Mackay (Watford) - His organisation skills and committment to Watford's cause have been crucial.
Dave Kitson (Reading) - There were a lot of good performances when you look at Reading but I think fans would wonder about me if Kitson didn't make this squad.
Neil Shipperley (Sheffield United) - A huge contribution throughout the season, and in particular, at the end of the campaign when they won promotion.