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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

10 August 2015

The Football League season is back under way and, with suggestions from fans on social media, we've compiled 11 players and a manager to make up the season's first Team of the Week.

So here's a look at some of the stand-out performers from Match Round 1...

Goalkeeper: Tomasz Kuszczak (Birmingham City)

Birmingham got their season off to a winning start, with Kuszczak's injury-time penalty save ensuring Gary Rowett's side took all three points against Reading.

The Polish goalkeeper may feel he should have done better in the build-up to Reading's first goal, but he redeemed himself in the 97th minute, diving to his left to keep out Orlando Sa's effort from from 12 yards.



Defender: Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers)

Wycombe made a fine start to their Sky Bet League 2 campaign with an emphatic win over York City, and Stewart was one of a number of players to impress for the Chairboys.

It's a pleasure being home and most importantly it was great team effort! πŸ’™ #3points πŸ™πŸΎ

β€” Anthony Stewart (@A_Stewart_5) August 8, 2015
After rising through the club's youth ranks before a move to Crewe Alexandra, the 22-year-old re-joined Wycombe in the summer and he grabbed a goal and helped keep a clean sheet in the 3-0 triumph.



Defender: James Tarkowski (Brentford)

Brentford left it late to share the spoils with Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon, scoring two stoppage-time goals, and Tarkowski was instrumental in both.

Trailing 2-0, Tarkowski put Andre Gray through to grab one goal back, before the 22-year-old netted a dramatic equaliser himself, firing home after a scramble in the penalty area.


Defender: Morgan Fox (Charlton Athletic)

Fox put in a fine display for Charlton as they began their season with a London derby victory over recently-relegated Queens Park Rangers.

The 21-year-old full-back played his part as the Addicks kept their opponents at bay, and he put the icing on the cake with a low drive from outside the box wrapping up a 2-0 success – his first Charlton goal.



Midfielder: Bradley Dack (Gillingham)

A stand-out player for Gillingham last term, Dack carried on where he left off with an eye-catching showing in their 4-0 thumping of Sheffield United.

What a start to the season! Great result and performance from the boys. Fans were quality aswell. Nice to top the win with a goal aswell.

β€” Bradley Dack (@BradDacks40) August 8, 2015
Dack was a constant menace to the Blades' defence, and he capped off the win with a stunning individual goal which sent the Gills to the top of Sky Bet League 1.


Midfielder: Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth)

Portsmouth recorded a 3-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge to put them among the early pace-setters in Sky Bet League 2, and Kyle Bennett had a debut to remember.

@football_league@Coventry_City Kyle Bennett!

β€” Hesse PFC (@HessePFC) August 8, 2015

@football_league@kbennyb has to be in without a shadow of a doubt after his debut masterclass

β€” kieron fox (@kieronfox202) August 8, 2015
Bennett's corner found the head of Gareth Evans as Pompey eventually broke down their opponents in the second half, and the 24-year-old then added a brace himself to seal a superb opening-day triumph at Fratton Park.



Midfielder: Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday)

The Carlos Carvalhal era at Sheffield Wednesday got off to a winning start, with McGugan crucial at both ends as the Owls defeated Sky Bet Championship new boys Bristol City.

The Robins were threatening an equaliser when McGugan cleared off the line, and a swift breakaway followed, with the midfielder bursting from one end of the pitch to the other to tap in the second goal.

@football_league Lewis McGugan. Goal-line clearance, racing up the pitch and then scoring 45 seconds later

β€” Lucy (@OWL_1990) August 8, 2015



Midfielder: David Wheeler (Exeter City)


An outstanding performance from Wheeler helped Exeter clinch three points against Yeovil Town in an entertaining Sky Bet League 2 opener.

The winger impressed throughout and deservedly got his name on the scoresheet to give the Grecians a 2-0 lead and, despite a stirring comeback from Paul Sturrock's men, Exeter went on to win the game 3-2.



Forward: Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town)

A first career hat-trick for Nathan Byrne got Swindon off to a flyer as they cruised to a win over Bradford City.

Great way to start the season 😊 3 points πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯ 1st Career Hatrick ⚽️⚽️⚽️ Long may it continue πŸ”΄βšͺ️ Fans were brilliant πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ

β€” Nathan Byrne (@NathanByrne_) August 8, 2015
The Robins had gone behind at the County Ground, but a 16-minute spell from Byrne turned the game on its head. Normally operating as a right wing-back, the 23-year-old was used in a more advanced position and justified his selection by grabbing three goals and the matchball in a 4-1 win.



Forward: Adam Armstrong (Coventry City)

Coventry defeated Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the Ricoh Arena, with on-loan Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong the hero of the afternoon.

Great way to start the season with a 2-0 win! Happy to have grabbed 2 goals on my debut! Thank you for all the messages! ⚽️❀️

β€” AdamArma (@AdamArma9) August 8, 2015
The teenager raced away to coolly put the Sky Blues in front, and a sublime finish from a John Fleck cross doubled their advantage. Armstrong's efforts were his first League goals, and he was only denied a hat-trick by the woodwork.



Forward: Barry Corr (Cambridge United)

Barry Corr hit two goals on his debut as Cambridge moved to the top of Sky Bet League 2 on the opening weekend, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Newport County.

Corr put the U's in front with a volley and then doubled the lead with an emphatic finish after being put away by Jordan Slew, before Robbie Simpson sealed a comfortable victory.



Manager: Karl Robinson (Milton Keynes Dons)


MK Dons' first match in the Sky Bet Championship couldn't have gone much better, with Robinson guiding his charges to the top of the division after the first round of matches.

Rob Hall put the Dons ahead at the AESSEAL New York Stadium but they were soon pegged back. However, The Football League's top scorers from last season accelerated away - Jordan Spence, Dean Bowditch and Carl Baker all found the net to send Robinson's men to the top of the division.





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