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Team of the Round: A selection of standout performers in Round Three

23 September 2016

Round Three of the EFL Cup is done and dusted, with 50 goals scored and 16 teams securing their passage through to the next stage.

Plenty of players staked their claim for a place in our Team of the Round, but we can only pick eleven – and a manager – so here it is...

Goalkeeper: Ivan Lucic

“It’s the stuff in the Roy Race magazines I used to read – a movie star script.”

That's how Bristol City boss Lee Johnson described the debut display of Lucic, who saved a penalty and impressed throughout as a youthful Robins side advanced with a 2-1 win at Fulham.

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Defender: Matt Targett

Southampton were another side to give youth a chance to shine, with four Academy graduates featuring in their starting line-up.

Targett helped Saints to a clean sheet and provided a constant threat down the left-hand side in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Defender: Kyle Bartley

Leeds moved into Round Four with a third win on the spin, and Bartley played a big part in keeping out Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.

The Whites held firm throughout, and were rewarded with Chris Wood's late winner – just a week after Bartley and Wood has scored against Rovers in a 2-1 Sky Bet Championship success.

Defender: Tennai Watson

Reading went down to 10 men in the first half, but still managed to win 2-1 away from home – the second time in four days the Royals achieved the feat.

Tyler Blackett was dismissed before the break and fellow centre-back Liam Moore limped off on the hour, so it was down to 19-year-old Watson and a patched up defence to keep Brighton & Hove Albion at bay.

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Midfielder: Erik Lamela

One goal and three assists for Lamela, as he battled it out with two-goal hero Christian Eriksen for a place in our Team of the Round.

The Argentinian laid on both goals for the Dane and one for Josh Onomah, before rounding off the 5-0 rout with one of his own.

Midfielder: Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho was at his brilliant best as Liverpool eased into Round Four.

The Brazilian set up goals for Ragnar Klavan and Divock Origi, either side of grabbing a goal for himself in the 3-0 win at Derby County.

Midfielder: Paddy McNair

Sunderland had to fight back from behind, and the inspiration behind the comeback was midfield man McNair.

The Northern Ireland international scored twice – his first senior goals – as the Black Cats edged past QPR with a 2-1 win at Loftus Road.

Midfielder: Cesc Fabregas

2-0 down, 4-2 up, Chelsea through in the EFL Cup.

Fabregas set up the first goal as the Blues fought back at Leicester City, and the Spaniard took the bull by the horns in extra-time – a quickfire brace sealing a place in Round Four.

Midfielder: Josh Murphy

There were some stunning goals in Round Three, and Murphy's was one of those as Norwich recorded a fine win at Everton.

The young winger was the star of the show, with his strike the icing on the cake in the 2-0 win at Goodison Park.

Forward: Lucas Perez

Lucas grabbed his first goals in English football as Arsenal ran out 4-0 winners against Nottingham Forest.

The Spanish striker converted a spot-kick, rounded the keeper for his second, and then set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to cap the victory.

Forward: Simon Makienok

The undoubted star of Round Three, Makienok helped himself to a hat-trick in the 3-2 win at Bournemouth.

Left foot, header, right foot... it was the perfect night for the great Dane as the Lilywhites produced one of the upsets of the round.

Manager: Alex Neil

A few contenders for this one, but Neil gets the nod for guiding his Norwich side against an Everton team previously undefeated under Ronald Koeman.

The Scot watched on as former Toffee Steven Naismith and Josh Murphy fired the Canaries through, and Murphy praised the manager's gameplan as they booked a visit to Leeds in Round Four.

What a night!! Game plan down to a T and the boys were unreal! 4 in 4.. We go again Saturday @NorwichCityFC 🐤

— Josh Murphy (@joshmurphy65) September 20, 2016
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