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EFL: Team of the Week

4 September 2017

With the international break leading to a lack of Sky Bet Championship football, it was down to Sky Bet Leagues One and Two to provide us with the latest EFL Team of the Week.

They didn't disappoint, and here are the XI, along with a manager, that make up the latest selection.

Goalkeeper: Brendan Moore (Rochdale)

Rochdale held on for a point in Saturday’s visit to Southend United, and they had their goalkeeper to thank for ensuring they did so.

The stopper made a superb first-half penalty save to keep out Simon Cox for the hosts, and he was on hand to repel the Shrimpers after Dale were reduced to 10 men early in the second half.

Defender: Joe Martin (Stevenage)

A fine defensive display from Martin helped Stevenage keep Cheltenham Town at bay on Matchday 5, before stepping up to give his side victory.

The full-back’s perfect free-kick in the second half proved decisive, sending Boro up to second in the table, and earning him the League Two Goal of the Weekend.

Defender: Troy Brown (Exeter City)

A battle between the Sky Bet League Two’s top two took place at the weekend, with Exeter going on to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 home win over Newport County.

The visitors applied plenty of pressure but the Grecians held firm, with Brown’s superb goal-line clearance the highlight of a rock-solid display.

Defender: Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers)

Wycombe built up a 3-0 first-half lead against Forest Green Rovers on Matchday 5, with Stewart showing the composure of a seasoned striker to control, cut inside and fire home the second goal.

He was just as impressive at the back, keeping a cool head and defending stoutly as the Chairboys eased to three points.

Defender: Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United)

A midfielder by trade, Sutton has moved seamlessly into the right-back slot at Scunthorpe United due to a number of injuries in that position, and he delivered another expert showing on Saturday.

The 21-year-old demonstrated his abilities going forward alongside constantly stemming Bury’s attacking threat, and he was rewarded with a clean sheet and three points.

Midfielder: Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town)

Rodman made one goal and scored the other, helping Shrewsbury extend their unbeaten start to the season.

Teeing up Carlton Morris for the opener, he then headed home Shaun Whalley’s cross to double the lead at Gillingham, with the Shrews going on to win 2-1 and make it five undefeated.

Midfielder: Tariqe Fosu (Charlton Athletic)

Although Ricky Holmes provided the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Weekend, there was plenty of class about Fosu’s strike which gave Charlton a 2-0 lead at Oldham Athletic.

Their opponents clawed level, but good work from the midfielder ended with him teeing up Billy Clarke to put the Addicks back in front, and this was a lead they would not relinquish.

Midfielder: Siriki Dembele (Grimsby Town)

Grimsby’s last fixture with Crewe Alexandra saw them fall to an emphatic 5-0 defeat, but that would not be the case this time around, and Dembele was a key player as the Mariners exacted some revenge.

The winger was a constant threat to the opposition, and it was his delightful cross which was nodded home by Mitch Rose to settle things at Blundell Park.

Forward: Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town)

The decision to move Roberts into a more advanced role has paid dividends for Crawley boss Harry Kewell, who watched on as the midfielder-turned-striker bagged a weekend brace.

A neat finish early in the first half put the Reds in front, before combining with fellow strike partner Enzio Boldewijn to wrap up a 2-0 win.

Forward: Charlie Wyke (Bradford City)

The EFL weekend got started with Bradford welcoming Bristol Rovers to Valley Parade, and Charlie Wyke got his season started with a hat-trick in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

It was a poacher’s treble, with the striker in the right place at the right time to score three close-range efforts.

Forward: Shaq Coulthirst (Barnet)

Coulthirst registered his first career hat-trick as Barnet produced the EFL Result of the Day, romping to a 4-1 win at Swindon Town.

His first couldn’t have been much easier after capitalising on a defensive error, but two fine finishes followed to ensure the Bees front man took the match ball home.

Manager: Kevin Nolan (Notts County)

After losing their first game of the season, Notts County are unbeaten in four games, with victory at Port Vale the latest three-point haul for Nolan and his troops.

The Magpies manager was forced to shuffle his pack throughout the afternoon due to injuries, and an inspired substitution saw Lewis Alessandra settle matters with his first touch after stepping off the bench.

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