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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

15 August 2016

Matchday 2 is done, and there was another host of spectacular performances produced in the EFL.

We've selected some of the stand-out performers from the weekend's action, with defender doubles, dream debuts and drought-ending displays on show. So, without further ado...

Goalkeeper: Jak Alnwick (Port Vale)

Alnwick and his defence combined to keep out Southend United and preserve Vale's unbeaten start under Bruno Ribeiro.

Anton Forrester's double will make the headlines, but the 23-year-old stopper was in top form when called upon, including making a superb first-half stop from Simon Cox.

Defender: Elliott Johnson (Barnet)

Barnet bounced back from a midweek EFL Cup thrashing to defeat Accrington Stanley 2-0 at The Hive.

Johnson's assist for John Akinde helped put the Bees on their way, but it was the display from the 21-year-old and his fellow defenders that caught the eye as they restricted Stanley to few clear-cut chances.

Defender: John Egan (Brentford)

The second Bee to make our Team of the Week, but this time in the colours of Brentford.

Egan, a summer signing from Gillingham, grabbed both goals and made sure there was no way through for opponents Ipswich Town in their 2-0 triumph.

Defender: Jamie Turley (Newport County)

A tricky trip to Leyton Orient proved not to be the case for Newport County, who earned a 1-0 win at the Matchroom Stadium.

Turley and his team-mates kept out the hosts, and it was the signing from non-league Eastleigh that grabbed the decisive goal.

Defender: Ryan Jackson (Gillingham)

Jackson demonstrated his abilities flying forward, scoring one and creating another as Gillingham recorded a 2-1 win at home to Bury.

The wing-back put the Gills on their way in the sixth minute, and his devastating cross was turned in for an Anthony Kay own goal which sent the club to the Sky Bet League One summit.

Midfielder: Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United)

Dickenson was the difference as Colchester picked up three points with a 2-0 win at home to Cambridge United.

The winger struck the first blow in the early stages, and the victory was secured when his pinpoint cross was converted by Denny Johnstone in the 82nd minute.

Midfielder: Conor Hourihane (Barnsley)

Barnsley began the season with two losses, but the skipper got the Tykes' season up and running with a leader's performance in the 2-0 success over Derby County.

The Irishman's first-half effort bounced back off the post and in off the unfortunate Scott Carson, and he was the architect once more when his free-kick was headed home by Alfie Mawson.

Midfielder: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton & Hove Albion)

The EFL weekend got under way in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday night, and Knockaert was the star of the show as Brighton eased to success against Nottingham Forest.

The winger scored the first and continued to light up the Amex throughout the 90 minutes as the Seagulls ran out 3-0 winners.

Forward: Tammy Abraham (Bristol City)

It's not been a bad start to the season for 18-year-old Abraham, has it?

A goal on his debut, an EFL Cup match-winner in midweek, and now a two-goal hero. The Chelsea loanee hit both goals in the 2-1 win at Burton Albion to keep the Robins in the mix at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Forward: Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa)

It had been six months since Aston Villa registered three points, but they did so in style with victory over Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon.

Gestede bagged a brace for the Villans in the 3-0 win – the perfect response following two defeats in four days to start the season.

Forward: Kieran Agard (Milton Keynes Dons)

There was a bit of pressure and expectation on Agard, who became MK Dons' record signing earlier in the week.

However, the man who has been promoted twice from Sky Bet League One delivered, hitting a debut double as the Dons fought back to claim a point in a 2-2 draw with Millwall.

Manager: David Wagner (Huddersfield Town)

Wagner has made his mark at John Smith's Stadium during the summer, with the Terriers faithful full of optimism ahead of 2016/17.

That optimism looks well-placed after the German's troops silenced 52,000 Newcastle United fans in what was Saturday's Result of the Day; goals from Nahki Wells and summer signing Jack Payne contributing to a 2-1 win.

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