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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

22 August 2016

Another EFL matchday done, and another weekend of top performances to reflect on.

We asked for your suggestions on social media and received plenty of nominations, but we can only pick 11 – and a manager – so, here it is...

Goalkeeper: Alex Cisak (Leyton Orient)

Cisak was in imperious form as Orient overcame Grimsby Town 2-1 in Sky Bet League Two.

A string of fine first-half saves kept out the hosts, and only a cruel deflection in stoppage time prevented a deserved clean sheet for the O's stopper.

Defender: Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town)

Löwe grabbed his first goal in England, and labelled it the best of his career to date.

The German defender also impressed in defence as the Terriers defeated Yorkshire rivals Barnsley 2-1 to climb to the Sky Bet Championship summit.

Defender: Louis Laing (Notts County)

Laing turned in a star performance for Notts County as they picked up their first win of the season at Hartlepool United.

The centre-back's deft finish levelled matters, before turning provider for Jon Stead's match-winning goal.

Defender: Scott Wootton (Milton Keynes Dons)

Wootton showed his defensive qualities on his league debut for the Dons, helping his new employers to a 1-0 win away at Rochdale.

And it was the central defender who grabbed the game's decisive goal in stoppage time – the fourth debut strike of the 24-year-old's career.

Defender: Tony McMahon (Bradford City)

McMahon provided a cool head for Bradford in their Sky Bet League One success over Coventry City.

The full-back converted twice from the spot and also teed up Mark Marshall for the other goal in the 3-1 victory.

Midfielder: Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United)

The stand-out result from the weekend was no doubt Scunthorpe's 5-0 thrashing of Gillingham, with plenty of players staking their claim for inclusion.

We've opted for Morris, who struck twice in the rout. The Iron are in formidable form at home, having not lost at Glanford Park since last December.

Midfielder: Gary Roberts (Portsmouth)

Roberts inspired Portsmouth to a 2-0 triumph over Colchester United, helping them to their first three-point haul of the 2016/17 season.

The U's had proved stubborn opposition, but the 32-year-old broke the deadlock from the spot and added another to get Pompey up and running in Sky Bet League Two.

Midfielder: John Welsh (Preston North End)

Preston had failed to pick up a point from their opening three Sky Bet Championship outings, but they're off the mark after a fine 2-0 win at QPR.

Jermaine Beckford and a Nedum Onuoha own goal settled matters, but the game was won in midfield – with Welsh a dominant force in the centre of the park.

Midfielder: Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle)

One of the star players in the division last year, Carey was back to his best during Plymouth's 2-0 win over Mansfield Town.

The Irishman's free-kick put the Pilgrims on their way, and he doubled his tally with a neat finish to put the game beyond doubt.

Midfielder: Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest)

An entertaining encounter at the City Ground saw another impressive display from 19-year-old Burke.

The winger hit two goals in the seven-goal thriller, which was the second successive 4-3 home win for Philippe Montanier's men.

Forward: Nicky Ajose (Charlton Athletic)

Ajose is off the mark for the season, grabbing his first goals for his new club in Matchday 4.

Charlton's summer signing, who netted 24 in Sky Bet League One last term, hit a goal in each half as the Addicks saw off Walsall 2-1.

Manager: Garry Monk (Leeds United)

Liam Cooper and Hadi Sacko, along with strike duo Marcus Antonsson and Chris Wood, led the Leeds' nominations – but the boss will be the club's representative in this week's selection!

When you're looking for your first league win, a trip to last year's Play-Off Finalists isn't always ideal. However, that wasn't a problem for Monk, who watched his troops outplay Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday and earn a fine 2-0 win.


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