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EFL: Team of the Week

21 August 2017

It's Team of the Week time! In what is just the third selection of the 2017/18 EFL season, two players have made the XI for the second time.

Let's find out who...

Goalkeeper: Matt Gilks (Scunthorpe United)

Scunthorpe secured a first victory of the Sky Bet League One season, ending Oxford United’s perfect start in the process.

Gilks was in inspired form, producing a string of fine saves to keep out the U’s in the 1-0 win at Glanford Park.

Defender: Jack O’Connell (Sheffield United)

O’Connell delivered another impressive display at Bramall Lane, sealing a place in the Team of the Week for the second time this term.

A defensively sound display kept Barnsley quiet, and he was the creator of the game's only goal, scored by Billy Sharp.

Defender: Liam Cooper (Leeds United)

Leeds faced a tough test in the final fixture of the EFL weekend, but a superb team effort saw them return from Sunderland with three points after a 2-0 win.

Cooper was one of the standout players, especially after his stunning goal-line block to deny the Black Cats taking a first-half lead.

Defender: Tom Miller (Carlisle United)

Miller showed his capabilities at either end of the pitch as Carlisle eased to a 3-0 win over Cheltenham Town.

Giving the Robins little opportunity to find the net, the full-back then popped up to score a delightful goal and add extra gloss to the result.

Midfielder: Ricky Holmes (Charlton Athletic)

Holmes produced a dazzling display to help Charlton cruise to victory over Northampton Town, the club where the winger formerly plied his trade.

It took him less than two minutes to produce the cross for Josh Magennis’ opener, and he grabbed a fine goal of his own during the 4-1 win.

An honourary mention for Jake Forster-Caskey, who struck twice for the Addicks, but narrowly missed out this week.

Midfielder: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa)

There had been hat-tricks on both weekends of the new campaign so far, and it was Villa’s midfield maestro that extended that run to a third week.

Sliding home the opener, the Irishman added two more from outside the box to help the Villans register a first win of the new season.

Midfielder: Sean Longstaff (Blackpool)

Blackpool claimed a point from their visit to Doncaster Rovers after falling behind three times, and Longstaff was impressive in the middle for the Seasiders.

A stunning strike was the first equaliser, and he added an assist when teeing up Callum Cooke for the goal that eventually sealed the draw.

Midfielder: Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers)

A man in fine form in front of goal, Bodin grabbed his second two-goal haul of the season — adding to his Carabao Cup double — as Bristol Rovers earned three points at Bury.

The winger’s powerful header doubled the Pirates’ lead, and his well-taken second proved crucial as the Shakers grabbed two late goals to reduce the arrears.

Forward: Jack Marriott (Peterborough United)

After a hat-trick last week, Marriott was among the goals again as Peterborough continued their 100 per cent start to the season.

The striker grabbed two goals as the Posh overcame Rotherham United on Matchday 3, sealing a second successive place in our Team of the Week.

Forward: Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town)

Among those level with Peterborough on nine points from nine are Fleetwood Town, and Cole’s brace against AFC Wimbledon sealed their latest success.

After coming off the bench to score the winner last week, Uwe Rosler handed the striker a starting spot, and he certainly made the most of his opportunity.

Forward: David Nugent (Derby County)

Derby picked up all three points from their weekend visit to Bolton Wanderers, with Nugent putting the Rams in control after 21 minutes.

A neat finish in the early stages was added to by a well-converted header, proving enough for a 2-1 triumph at the Macron.

Manager: Michael Flynn (Newport County)

Newport maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a fine victory away at Coventry City, who had won both their fixtures without conceding prior to the maiden meeting between the two clubs.

After drawing their first two, the Exiles earned victory through new loan signing Reece Cole, capping off a perfect few days for Flynn, following the birth of his son in midweek.

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