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Carabao Cup: Team of Round One

11 August 2017

A scintillating start to the 2017/18 Carabao Cup produced great goals, hat-trick heroes and remarkable results. It was a tough ask, but we've pulled together a selection of the top performers to make up the Team of Round One.

Goalkeeper: Jed Steer (Aston Villa)

Making his first Villa appearance for more than two years, Steer saved an early penalty and produced a string of saves, earning Man of the Match as his side edged past Colchester United.

Defender: Nathan Baker (Bristol City)

It’s hard to pick just one player to make the cut after Bristol City’s 5-0 thumping of Plymouth Argyle, but Baker gets the nod after netting on his second debut for the club, and helping keep the Pilgrims at bay throughout.

Defender: Mark Ellis (Carlisle United)

One of six sides to humble seeded opponents, Carlisle earned a hard-fought win over Fleetwood Town, and Ellis was key at the back, putting his body on the line to help the U’s into Round Two.

Defender: Denis Odoi (Fulham)

Wycombe Wanderers have proved their Cup credentials over the years, but Fulham refused to be the latest giants to fall, with Odoi helping the Cottagers to a clean sheet and adding a goal in the 2-0 victory.

Midfielder: Mauro Vilhete (Barnet)

Vilhete played a part in all Barnet’s goals as they disposed of seeded Peterborough United. His corner led to the first, adding one of his own before his free-kick won the penalty which led to the third.

Midfielder: Samu Saiz (Leeds United)

When you’re playing in front of your new home fans for the first time, a hat-trick’s not a bad way to mark your introduction. Saiz did just that, netting three as Leeds defeated Port Vale 4-1.

Midfielder: James Maddison (Norwich City)

Two assists, one goal, and a goal-line clearance. Not a bad evening’s work for Maddison, who was influential in Norwich’s dramatic 3-2 success against Swindon Town.

Midfielder: Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers)

Bodin made it an incredible 11 goals in 12 home Bristol Rovers matches, netting a brace as his side cruised to a 4-1 triumph over Cambridge United.

Forward: Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town)

A summer signing from the Isthmian League, Eisa struck twice as Cheltenham fought back from the brink to upset Oxford United 4-3 in extra-time.

Forward: Che Adams (Birmingham City)

The first hat-trick of this season’s Carabao Cup was scored by Adams, who hit a treble as Birmingham City eased to a 5-1 win against Crawley Town.

Forward: Shawn McCoulsky (Newport County)

After marking his Newport debut with a goal in the EFL on Saturday, the on-loan striker added two more as the Exiles knocked out seeded Southend United with a 2-0 win at Roots Hall.

Manager: John Coleman (Accrington Stanley)

After masterminding a win over Burnley last year, Coleman put another one over a Lancastrian rival. Preston North End were the victims this time around, falling to a 3-2 defeat courtesy of Billy Kee’s stoppage-time winner.

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