One month down in the EFL.August’s action has drawn to a close, and it did so in style with a weekend full of drama. Plenty of goals, memorable comebacks and even a couple of hat-tricks.
We’ve taken all that into account and selected 11 players and a manager to make up the month’s final Team of the Week. Here it is…
Goalkeeper: Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town)
Huddersfield go in to the international break top of the Sky Bet Championship, and they can certainly thank Ward for keeping them there following his performance on Saturday.
The on-loan Liverpool stopper made a number of stunning saves to keep out Wolves, while Rajiv van la Parra’s goal against his former club secured a 1-0 win for the Terriers.
Defender: Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers)
A goal, a clean sheet and a Man of the Match performance meant a pretty good Saturday afternoon for the QPR captain.
Wigan were kept at bay throughout, and the game was settled by Onuoha’s strike early in the second half.
Defender: Marc Roberts (Barnsley)
Roberts opened his account for the season and was a rock at the back as Barnsley put in another impressive performance at Oakwell.
There was no way through for Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United as the Tykes cruised to a 4-0 win — their third successive home triumph.
Defender: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United)
Lascelles got things started at St James Park as Newcastle picked up a third straight win and ended Brighton’s unbeaten start to the campaign.
The captain’s bullet header opened the scoring for the Magpies in a game which was capped off by Jonjo Shelvey’s sublime free-kick.
Midfielder: Sam Foley (Port Vale)
Port Vale continue to impress under Bruno Ribeiro and Foley was one of the stars in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Scunthorpe United.
The winger set up two of the goals, one for Anton Forrester and one for Alex Jones — a man who also deserves a mention after scoring twice in his first EFL start.
Midfielder: Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United)
Peterborough ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at Milton Keynes Dons, with Maddison’s wand of a left foot proving decisive.
The midfielder’s free-kick was prodded home by Andrew Hughes to give Posh a dream start, and he was the architect again as Michael Bostwick headed home a second-half set piece to seal the win.
Midfielder: Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United)
A goal, an assist, and an all-round midfield masterclass from Szmodics as Colchester eased to a 2-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers.
The 20-year-old slid in Chris Porter for the Adams Park opener, and got in on the act late on with a fine half-volley.
Midfielder: David Davis (Birmingham City)
Davis put in the complete performance on the right-hand side as Birmingham picked up an emphatic three points against Norwich City.
Not only did he nullify the Canaries’ threat down that wing, but he also got forward and headed home the crucial opener in the 3-0 success.
Forward: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham)
Trailing 2-0 to Shrewsbury Town, Emmanuel-Thomas inspired the Gills to a sensational comeback at Greenhous Meadow.
Two goals, including one stunner, drew his side level, and he was involved in Max Ehmer’s dramatic late winner — a goal which capped off a pretty good few days for Justin Edinburgh’s men.
Forward: Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town)
Bogle hit his first EFL hat-trick as Grimsby swept aside Stevenage 5-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Not content with his trio of strikes, though, the front man also had a hand in the other two goals for the marvellous Mariners.
Forward: Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers)
Another hat-trick hero, Williams took home the match ball after inspiring Doncaster to victory over Yeovil Town.
A volley, a header and a real poacher’s goal in the 4-1 win completed a fine days’ work for the Rovers hotshot.
Manager: Lee Johnson (Bristol City)
Trailing Aston Villa 1-0 at half-time, whatever Johnson said to his City players at the interval worked wonders.
The Robins came out flying after the break, turning the game on its head with two goals in three second-half minutes and going on to win 3-1.