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Team of the Week: 8th - 10th September 2017

11 September 2017

With the international break over, it was back to a full complement of EFL fixtures this weekend. Here's our latest selection which, for the first time this season, doesn't include a hat-trick hero!

Goalkeeper: Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa were held to a point at home by Brentford on Saturday, but it could have been worse had it not been for the heroics of Johnstone.

The Villans’ stopper was in fine form, with Josh Clarke and Ollie Watkins among the Bees to be thwarted in the goalless draw.

Defender: Daniel Jones (Notts County)

Jones struck a fine free-kick to help Notts County extend their unbeaten run to five games in Sky Bet League Two, curling a first-half effort home against Morecambe.

Not content with a goal, the full-back then set Jonathan Forte clear for the second, while also helping the Magpies keep a clean sheet.

Defender: Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town)

Saturday’s early kick-off in the EFL saw Mansfield ease to a 4-1 win over Grimsby Town, with Pearce influential at both ends of the pitch.

An impressive showing at the back kept the Mariners at bay, and he struck two goals sandwiched in between Lee Angol’s brace to help the Stags to victory.

Defender: Tony McMahon (Bradford City)

Named Saturday’s EFL Star of the Day, McMahon was the architect of Peterborough United’s downfall, with Bradford producing a stunning first-half display to see off the previously unbeaten Posh.

The full-back helped stem the attack of their opponents, but he was key at the other end, with his set-piece deliveries leading to the second and third goals of the 3-1 win.

Midfielder: Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley)

Accrington moved to second in the Sky Bet League Two table after a comfortable 3-0 success at home to Carlisle United, and McConville was the main man for John Coleman’s side.

The winger had already seen a long-range effort denied by the crossbar prior to curling in a precise free-kick, and he doubled his tally with a fine run and finish.

Midfielder: Bradley Johnson (Derby County)

Johnson was one of several star performers as Derby demolished Hull City in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday night, scoring twice in the 5-0 rout.

He played a big part in Matej Vydra’s first goal, before adding two himself — converting a deep cross and expertly curling home a low strike from the edge of the area.

Midfielder: Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday)

Back from an injury which has kept him out of action since last season’s play-off final, Lee returned with an all-action display against Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

Influential in midfield throughout, the 29-year-old also notched an assist and a goal as the Owls ran out 3-1 winners at Hillsborough.

Midfielder: Adama Traore (Middlesbrough)

Britt Assombalonga deserves a mention for grabbing two goals in the 3-0 win at Bolton Wanderers, but he’ll be the first to admit that he couldn’t have achieved the feat without the magic of Traore.

The former Barcelona man showed persistence, power and pace on the wing, putting two goals on a plate for his Boro team-mate.

Forward: Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United)

The new number nine at Leeds got off to a flying start, coolly slotting home the first goal in a 5-0 rout of Burton Albion, which was Saturday’s EFL Result of the Day.

After earning a penalty too, which was converted by Pablo Hernandez, Lasogga rounded things off with a fine header.

Forward: Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra)

Crewe Alexandra were another team to hit five at the weekend, with Porter finding the net twice in the 5-1 demolition of Chesterfield.

Pouncing on a loose ball to open the scoring, he coolly slotted home a second after the break, played a part in the fourth, and was only denied a treble by the offside flag.

Forward: Kieffer Moore (Rotherham United)

A nominee for August’s Sky Bet League One Player of the Month, Moore continued his excellent start to the season with a dominant display against Bury.

His fine touch and finish put Rotherham a goal to the good, and he doubled his tally with a powerful header to help the Millers register a 3-2 success.

Manager: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Northampton Town)

What a way to announce your arrival at a new club. Northampton were without a point after their first four league games, leading to the departure of Justin Edinburgh and the arrival of Hasselbaink.

His first test was against Doncaster Rovers, and the new man in charge saw his side go ahead after just 21 seconds. That Matt Crooks effort proved decisive, and the Cobblers are up and running in 2017/18.

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