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EFL: Team of the Week

14 August 2017

It was a weekend of trebles at either end of the pitch. Three on-fire strikers and an inspired goalkeeper make our Team of the Week, and there were more fine displays on show in Matchday 2.

And here's our second selection of the 2017/18 season...

Goalkeeper: Alex Cairns (Fleetwood Town)

Actions speak louder than words, so just watch this...

Cairns performed heroics to deny Northampton Town on Saturday, with Fleetwood coming away from Sixfields with a 1-0 win.

Defender: Tommy Spurr (Preston North End)

Preston produced a determined defensive display to keep out Leeds United, holding out for a goalless draw despite finishing the game with 10 men.

Spurr was a stand-out player at the back to keep the hosts at bay, giving last season's top scorer Chris Wood little room for manouevre, and helping the Lilywhites to a second straight clean sheet.

Defender: Jordon Forster (Cheltenham Town)

Cheltenham had striker Mohamed Eisa to thank at one end for firing them to a 1-0 win over Crawley Town, but they had Forster to thank at the other end.

The defender stood firm against the Reds' threat, and made a crucial goal-line clearance to ensure maximum points.

Defender: Tim Ream (Fulham)

After his defensive partner was dismissed inside the first minute, Ream found himself up against it as Fulham faced Reading on the road.

But the American turned in a fantastic display to stem the Royals' attack, helping the Cottagers come away with a point in the 1-1 draw.

Midfielder: Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle)

Plymouth picked up their first victory since returning to Sky Bet League One, and Jervis was the main man, hitting two goals in the win over Charlton Athletic.

A neat backheel put the Pilgrims ahead, before racing clear late on to double his tally and seal the points.

Midfielder: Jorge Grant (Notts County)

Super sub Grant was introduced to the fray in 53rd minute of Notts County's clash with Chesterfield, and he swung the game in the Magpies' favour just seven minutes later.

He added to his perfectly placed header in stoppage time, curling home a delightful free-kick to wrap up a 2-0 success.

Midfielder: Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest)

A seven-goal thriller was settled at Griffin Park by Kieran Dowell's deflected strike, but there was no fortune about the brace from Bouchalakis.

The Greek midfielder announced himself at the City Ground with two stunners, which couldn't be separated for the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Weekend honours.

Midfielder: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City)

Summer signing Mendez-Laing has already caught the eye since his switch to Cardiff, and he was the architect of Aston Villa's downfall on Matchday 2.

The winger headed home the game's opener, and scored a fine solo second to send the Bluebirds to the top of the table.

Forward: Abel Hernandez (Hull City)

What a weekend for strikers in the EFL, with Hernandez the first of three hat-trick heroes on Matchday 2.

A fine header, followed by two cool finishes helped Hull City past Burton Albion by four goals to one.

Forward: Jack Marriott (Peterborough United)

Next up, Marriott, who took home the match ball after scoring three predatory goals in a 4-1 win at Bristol Rovers.

In the right place at the right time, he grabbed two goals inside the six-yard box, with the third not much further out. That's how to do it!

Forward: Kieffer Moore (Rotherham United)

The third of our goalscoring trio, Moore netted his treble inside the first half, helping Rotherham United register the EFL Result of the Day.

The Millers put five past Southend United, with the on-loan Ipswich striker adding an assist in the rout.

Manager: Mick McCarthy (Ipswich Town)

McCarthy enjoyed a winning return to his home town of Barnsley, but only after a couple of inspired half-time substitutions.

Introducing David McGoldrick and new signing Martyn Waghorn with his side trailing, he watched on as the pair both notched to maintain the Tractor Boys' perfect start to the season.

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