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Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week

19 September 2016

Matchday 8 saw all 72 EFL clubs in action on the Saturday, and there were plenty of performances to purr over.

We took to social media to get your help in selecting the weekend's standout stars and, after much deliberating, here is our final XI and a manager...

Goalkeeper: Simon Moore (Sheffield United)

It was a bit of a two-horse race to don our number one jersey this week, but Blades fans and even those of Peterborough United heaped praise on the Sheffield United stopper for his weekend efforts.

Moore, who arrived at Bramall Lane last month, made a string of saves to keep out Posh in a 1-0 win – a fourth on the bounce for Chris Wilder's men.

Defender: Pontus Jansson (Leeds United)

A splendid rearguard action from Leeds laid the foundations for their Saturday lunchtime success over Cardiff City.

Jansson was outstanding at the back, and a sterling second-half display from the Whites earned them a 2-0 win in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Defender: Jason McCarthy (Walsall)

McCarthy grabbed the winning goal and was a rock at the back for Walsall, who ended Bolton Wanderers' unbeaten start to the season at Banks's Stadium.

As previously stated, two goalkeepers went head-to-head for Team of the Week selection. Saddlers stopper Neil Etheridge was the other man in question, and therefore deserves a special mention for his display in the 1-0 win.

Defender: David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United)

With Bolton losing at Walsall, Scunthorpe took advantage to top the table, and Mirfin was the man who put them there with his match-winning header.

The 31-year-old was equally adept in defence, commanding the back line which kept hosts Shrewsbury Town at bay.

Midfielder: Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers)

Blackburn are up and running with their first win of the season, with Conway starring in their 4-2 triumph over Rotherham United.

A superb strike from the winger – his third goal of the campaign – levelled things up against the Millers, and he then teed up Marvin Emnes to turn the tide at Ewood Park.

Midfielder: Paddy Lacey (Accrington Stanley)

Lacey had just eight minutes of EFL action under his belt prior to Saturday afternoon, coming on a substitute in a home loss to Morecambe.

Against Portsmouth, he was handed his first start – and he made the most of it. The 23-year-old produced an all-action display in the centre of the park, and he grabbed the game's only goal. Quite good it was, too...

Midfielder: Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Wolves produced one of the performances of the day, stopping Newcastle United in their tracks with a 2-0 win at St James' Park.

Making his debut, Saiss was a key element in the victory, bossing the midfield and protecting the back four, while the more creative players worked their magic ahead of him.

Midfielder: Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town)

Huddersfield remain top of the Sky Bet Championship and Palmer was among the goals as the Terriers impressed yet again.

The teenage winger was a constant threat in the 2-1 win against QPR, and he doubled his goal tally for the season to set David Wagner's troops on their way.

Forward: Jon Stead (Notts County)

Notts County made it three wins from three on the road this season, and Stead played a big part in the latest of those successes.

A five-goal thriller ensued at Whaddon Road, but the front man's brace – including the winner just seconds after Cheltenham Town had equalised – helped the Magpies to another maximum.

Forward: Scott Hogan (Brentford)

He netted one against Nottingham Forest, two against Brighton & Hove Albion, and now three against Preston North End.

Hogan certainly knows where the goal is, and was the EFL Star of the Day for his role in Brentford's 5-0 demolition of the Lilywhites.

Forward: Conor Wilkinson (Chesterfield)

Wilkinson struck his first two goals for Chesterfield as the Spireites halted a four-game winless run in Sky Bet League One.

And that's not the only run they halted, with the Irishman's double in the 3-1 win bringing visiting Northampton Town's 31-game unbeaten EFL streak to an end.

Manager: Derek Adams (Plymouth Argyle)

A sixth successive EFL win, a seventh in all competitions, a derby day victory, and top of Sky Bet League Two. Not bad, Mr Adams.

The Scot has got his charges playing some fine football, and Exeter City simply had no answer as the Pilgrims claimed the bragging rights in Devon, courtesy of a 2-0 win.

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