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Team of the Round: A selection of stand-out performers in Round Two

26 August 2016

The EFL Cup just doesn't disappoint.

Two nights of thrilling Round Two action are over, but they have given us yet another Team of the Round selection headache.

Some players can perhaps feel hard done by at their exclusion, but unfortunately we can only pick 11... and here they are.

Goalkeeper: Elliot Parish (Accrington Stanley)

The shock of the round saw Sky Bet League Two side Accrington dump near-neighbours Burnley out of the EFL Cup.

Try as they might, the Premier League outfit couldn't find a way past the unbeatable Parish in 120 minutes, and Matty Pearson's last-gasp goal earned Stanley a Round Three trip to West Ham United's London Stadium.

Read more: The EFL Cup Round Three draw in full

Defender: Tyler Denton (Leeds United)

A night to remember for full-back Denton, who marked his Leeds debut with a clean sheet and a wonderful winner.

The 20-year-old struck the only goal of the game in the 1-0 victory at Luton Town, seeing Garry Monk's men through to the next round.

Defender: Marc Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)

Speaking of debuts, this wasn't a bad THIRD Cherries' introduction for Wilson!

After two previous loan spells, the Republic of Ireland international signed permanently earlier this month, and marked his return with a stunning strike to settle their tie at Morecambe.

Defender: Brendan Moloney (Northampton Town)

Northampton are making a habit of causing EFL Cup upsets, and Moloney was instrumental in the penalty shoot-out success over West Bromwich Albion.

The full-back's pinpoint cross for Zander Diamond set the Cobblers on their way, and his marauding runs down the right caused the Baggies problems all night to book a Round Three date with Manchester United.

Winger: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Liverpool made swift work of Burton Albion in front of the Sky Sports cameras, dismantling the Brewers 5-0, and Mane was in dazzling form.

Creating three, and playing a big part in another, the Senegalese man was the pick of a very impressive Reds bunch.

Midfielder: Sergi Canos (Norwich City)

Norwich made a number of changes for the visit of Coventry City in the EFL Cup, and Alex Neil's players certainly staked their claim for a regular place.

What followed was a thumping 6-1 success, with Canos scoring two and assisting two to send the Canaries flying into Round Three.

Midfielder: Sandro (Queens Park Rangers)

Sandro isn't renowned for his goalscoring prowess, but the defensive midfielder was on the mark twice as QPR came back from behind to defeat Rochdale.

The Brazilian profited twice from Tjaronn Chery corners, tucking away the equaliser before powering home a headed winner for the R's.

Midfielder: Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham)

Fulham toppled top-flight Middlesbrough, and Christensen's all-action display in midfield was key to the extra-time victory.

The Dane's reward for his performance came in the 113th minute, when he fired home the winner after a low cross from Scott Malone – a man who also deserves a special mention after creating both goals in the 2-1 win.

Winger: Callum Harriott (Reading)

It took extra-time to shake off Milton Keynes Dons, but Harriott's performance was a joy to behold as Reading marched on to Round Three.

The winger's sumptuous skills saw him score both goals in the 2-2 draw, and not even a shoot-out miss could but a dampener on what was a fine performance from the 22-year-old.

Forward: Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City)

We've already mentioned some fine debut performances, but none top that of McBurnie, who was at the double for Swansea in Round Two.

The young striker made the most of his opportunity with two well-taken goals as the Swans eased past Peterborough United 3-1.

Forward: Peter Crouch (Stoke City)

Last but not least, the undoubted star man of Round Two – the big man's still got it!

Stoke were in no mood to mess around and Crouch was the architect in Stevenage's downfall, helping himself to a hat-trick in the 4-0 triumph.

Manager: Justin Edinburgh (Gillingham)

A fantastic performance from Gillingham saw them overturn a one-goal deficit to take the sting out of the Hornets.

Premier League Watford had no answer to the Gills' stirring fightback, which was the perfect response to their Sky Bet League One thumping at the hands of Scunthorpe United last weekend.

The 2-1 triumph was the Kent side's first over top-flight opposition since 2005, and Edinburgh now has the chance to extend that run against Tottenham Hotspur in Round Three – the club he won the EFL Cup with in 1999.


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