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Capital One Cup Team of Round 1

14 August 2015

The Capital One Cup 2015/16 kicked off in style this week, with 15 teams securing wins against higher-division opponents.

Goalkeeper: Scott Flinders (York City)

Flinders helped York City end Bradford City's run of nine successive penalty shoot-out wins on Tuesday by saving two spot-kicks, from Christopher Routis and Tony McMahon. The goalkeeper - who joined from fellow Sky Bet League 2 side Hartlepool United in the summer - was crucial to the Minstermen securing their first League Cup win since 1997.

Read more: York City topple penalty kings Bradford City in Capital One Cup Round 1

Defender: Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers)

QPR defender Onuoha celebrated his 100th appearance for the Rs during their win at Yeovil Town, and he capped the milestone with the third of their three goals on the night.

Defender: Neill Collins (Sheffield United)

Sheffield United scraped into the Round 2 draw with a closely-fought victory at Sky Bet League 2 side Morecambe. It took the Blades 92 minutes to register their winning goal, with defender Collins latching onto James Wallace's delivery. The 31-year-old only came on as a late substitute, but he made an instant impact in a strong cameo appearance, describing the goal as a very emotional one. A brief appearance may be, but perhaps a big moment in his Sheffield United career.

Defender: Josh Yorwerth (Ipswich Town)

Yorwerth scored on his maiden appearance for Ipswich Town as they fought back from a goal down to beat Stevenage 2-1 at Portman Road. The 20-year-old sprung amid a group of bodies to head home in style.

Midfielder: Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest)

Nottingham Forest may have been on the wrong side of their 4-3 scoreline against Walsall, but Antonio's exploits helped make it the pick of the Round 1 games. After a mesmerising solo run from his own half, which was matched with a fine 25-yard finish, the winger neatly back-heeled home his second in the 90th minute of play.

Midfielder: Kemar Roofe (Oxford United)

Oxford midfielder Roofe bagged one of the goals of the opening round with his side’s third against Brentford. With the U's already two goals to the good inside nine minutes, Roofe lashed home a half-volley from just beyond the centre circle, punishing an attempted clearance from Bees stopper Jack Bonham.

Midfielder: Liam Noble (Notts County)

Noble was another midfielder who scored a stunning goal in Round 1. With Notts County and Huddersfield Town drawing 1-1, the central-midfielder unleashed a shot from 35 yards, which ended up in the back of the net. Even the Terriers fans were forced to stand up and applaud the sheer genius of the effort - a strike worthy of winning any game.

Midfielder: Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town)

Ogogo’s energy in the centre of the park was vital in the Shrews’ 2-1 victory against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. The new arrival from Dagenham & Redbridge pounced on a defensive error to create the first goal, and he continued to shine throughout.

Forward: Jack Marriott (Luton Town)

Luton’s 3-1 triumph over Bristol City was one of the most eye-catching results of Round 1, and Marriott was influential in the success. The striker scored twice, taking both goals with aplomb, and helping the Hatters to become one of 10 Sky Bet League 2 clubs to progress to the next stage of the competition.

Forward: Tom Bradshaw (Walsall)

After netting 20 goals last season, Bradshaw has picked up where he left off, scoring a hat-trick in the second game of the new campaign. The 23-year-old striker showed his goal scoring instincts to help the Saddlers take a two-goal advantage at the City Ground, before winning and taking a late penalty to secure their progress.

Forward: Leon Clarke (Bury)

Bury’s summer signing, Clarke, has made an immediate impression at this new club by scoring three goals in his first two matches. The powerful forward was on target twice against Wigan Athletic, as the Shakers secured a 2-1 win at DW Stadium, extending their unbeaten away record to 10 games.

Manager: Sam Collins (Hartlepool United)

With Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore unable to be in the dugout, Collins was placed in charge of the first-team and he led the side to a 1-0 victory over Fleetwood Town, thanks to a Billy Paynter goal. 

Read more: Capital One Cup Round 2 draw

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