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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

17 October 2016

All 72 EFL clubs were back out on the pitch over the weekend, with the action spread across three days.

As ever, there were a number of fine performances to mull over, and we've pulled together 11 of the star performers and a manager to make up our latest Team of the Week selection.

And here it is...

Goalkeeper: Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town)

It was a difficult decision to leave Vigouroux out of last week's line-up, but the Swindon stopper sealed selection with another fine performance.

The Chilean sensationally saved Lyle Taylor's second-half penalty, and kept AFC Wimbledon at bay throughout as the Robins earned a goalless draw and a point at Kingsmeadow.

Defender: Scott Malone (Fulham)

Fulham maintained their unbeaten away record following an enthralling encounter at Oakwell, defeating Barnsley 4-2.

The Cottagers came from behind twice before pulling away in the second half, and Malone contributed a goal and two assists in the win.

Defender: Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Sheffield United)

A clean sheet is always the main aim for a centre-back, but it's a rather nice bonus if you can pop up with a goal too.

But then there's Ebanks-Landell, who managed to get his name on the scoresheet twice as the Blades brushed aside Port Vale 4-0 at Bramall Lane.

Defender: Sol Bamba (Cardiff City)

Bamba was one of a number of new faces brought in by the recently-appointed Neil Warnock last week, and he immediately endeared himself to the Cardiff faithful on Friday night.

Impressive in defence, the Ivorian then netted what proved to be the winning goal in the Severnside derby against Bristol City.

Defender: Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)

Lichaj excelled for Forest, who brought their six-game winless run to an end with a fine Friday night success against Birmingham City.

Very little made its way past the American, who also fired home to score in the 3-1 triumph.

Midfielder: Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)

A goal, an assist and a midfield masterclass from Hoolahan helped Norwich to a 3-1 win and a return the Sky Bet Championship summit.

Rotherham United simply couldn't handle the Irishman's wizardry, something which the below highlights reel proves...

Midfielder: Jake Taylor (Exeter City)

Exeter recorded a thumping away win at Barnet, and thumping is the perfect word to describe Taylor's goal which started the fightback.

The midfielder played his part in two more goals too as the Grecians ran riot in the capital, storming to a 4-1 success.

Midfielder: Rommy Boco (Accrington Stanley)

Half an hour was all Boco needed to earn his place in the Team of the Week.

Coming off the bench just after the hour, the Benin international scored two last-gasp goals to secure Accrington three points in their first EFL meeting with Blackpool.

Forward: Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United)

Another substitute to inspire a comeback was Madden, whose brace extended Scunthorpe's lead at the top of Sky Bet League One.

The striker was on the scoresheet just four minutes after his introduction, and he converted a Josh Morris cross late on to condemn Milton Keynes Dons to a 2-1 defeat.

Forward: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United)

The prolific Gayle added another two to his season's tally to send him back atop the Sky Bet Championship scoring charts.

It's nine goals now for the Magpies front man, with the weekend double firing his side to a 3-1 win over Brentford.

Forward: Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers)

Clough is up and running for the season, netting a goal in each half as Bolton defeated Oldham Athletic 2-0.

The 21-year-old's free-kick put the Trotters on their way, before pouncing on a loose ball to seal the three points.

Manager: Keith Curle (Carlisle United)

Curle's Carlisle are now the only unbeaten team in the EFL, defeating Hartlepool United 3-2 while Bradford City slipped up in Sky Bet League One.

The Cumbrians did it the hard way, going down to 10 men and being pegged back twice. But the manager wasn't settling for a point despite the disadvantage, and Michael Raynes' winner stretched the run to 13 games undefeated.

A special mention must go to Neil Warnock and Steve McClaren, who made winning starts with Cardiff and Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship.

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