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Team of the Week: 16th-17th September 2017

18 September 2017

Matchday 8 has come to a close, and it's time to see who stood out during the latest round of fixtures. Here's the EFL Team of the Week...

Goalkeeper: Tomas Holy (Gillingham)

Gillingham finally registered their first win of the campaign, earning an impressive 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic.

The Gills had their goalkeeper to thank, keeping out all of the Addicks’ 11 shots on target as they held on for three points at the eighth time of asking.

Defender: Matt Kilgallon (Bradford City)

An all-Yorkshire affair pitted Bradford against Rotherham United, joint-highest scorers in Sky Bet League One ahead of proceedings at Valley Parade.

However, they were shut out by the Bantams, and Kilgallon made a superb goal-line clearance to deny the Millers in the 1-0 win.

Defender: David Mirfin (Mansfield Town)

The EFL weekend kicked off with an early Sky Bet League Two fixture, where visiting Mansfield got the better of Lincoln City with a 1-0 success.

The Imps threw everything at their opponents, but Mirfin put his body on the line throughout the 90 minutes to help Steve Evans’ side secure three points.

Defender: Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City)

Yet another narrow victory, Norwich held firm to deny high-flying Sheffield United, with Yanic Wildschut’s solitary strike proving the difference.

The Canaries were superb at the back all afternoon, with Zimmermann proving an absolute rock to help blunt the Blades at Bramall Lane.

Midfielder: Albert Adomah (Aston Villa)

One of several two-goal heroes this week, Adomah was on target to help Villa return to winning ways in a 3-0 triumph at Barnsley.

The winger pounced on a defensive error to put Steve Bruce’s side on their way, and added another from the penalty spot to cap a productive day at the office.

Midfielder: Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town)

Dawson was named the EFL Star of the Day for Saturday, scoring twice in the first 15 minutes to put Cheltenham on their way to three points against Colchester United.

The Robins were without a goal in their three prior outings, but the midfielder scored a fine header and a long-distance effort to end the drought and set up a 3-1 success.

Midfielder: Jed Wallace (Millwall)

One of the stand-out results of the day came at The Den, where Millwall overcame Leeds United, ending the league leaders’ unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 triumph.

Wallace was a constant thorn in Leeds’ side, and was eventually rewarded for his influential display with an assist, converted by Aiden O’Brien in the 73rd minute.

Midfielder: Jake Taylor (Exeter City)

Following the aforementioned result, Exeter are now one of just two clubs in the EFL to maintain an undefeated start to the season.

Taylor looked to have a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra but, after debating matters with the club’s social media team, he’s managed to replace that assist with another strike for the table-toppers.

Midfielder: Gboly Ariyibi (Milton Keynes Dons)

An entertaining affair at Stadium MK saw the hosts run out 3-2 winners, and Ariyibi was the star of the show with two goals against visiting Rochdale.

After lashing home a loose ball inside the box for his first, the winger struck an unstoppable shot into the top corner to help the Dons to victory.

Forward: Luke Norris (Swindon Town)

Two goals, one assist; Norris was a man in form as Swindon recorded their first home victory of 2017/18.

The striker poked home a first from a corner, crossed for Keshi Anderson to make it two, and he doubled his tally from the penalty spot to secure a 3-2 success over Stevenage.

Forward: Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth)

The same applies for Lowe, who struck twice in Portsmouth’s 4-1 win over Fleetwood Town, before setting up strike partner Brett Pitman to round off a dazzling display.

After heading home from a corner to get off the mark, the forward raced clear to fire emphatically past Alex Cairns to wrap up all three points.

Manager: Lee Johnson (Bristol City)

Bristol City climbed to eighth in the Sky Bet Championship standings, and are now the highest scorers in the division, following a 4-1 rout of Derby County at Ashton Gate.

A goal down at the break, a clinical second-half display from the Robins saw four different players on the scoresheet as they sliced their opponents apart at will.

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