Team of the week
Last Updated: August 28, 2012 10:01am
Team of the week
Ben Hamer - Charlton
Goalkeeper Hamer played a key role as Championship newcomers Charlton claimed their first clean sheet of the season in a goalless draw at home to Hull City. The shot-stopper made some crucial saves, including a quick-thinking double block when he pushed out Jay Simpson's effort before denying Sone Aluko's follow-up from six yards with a superb reaction stop in the 89th minute.
Lloyd Doyley - Watford
Watford secured their first clean sheet of the campaign as they beat visiting Birmingham City 2-0 and Hornets stalwart Doyley kept things tight on the right of Gianfranco Zola's backline. The 29-year-old did well to contain the threat of highly-rated Blues youngster Nathan Redmond, who was kept subdued on the wing.
Miguel Llera - Sheffield Wednesday
Promoted Wednesday remain unbeaten on their return to the Championship and Llera helped them maintain that record with his unlikely heroics against Millwall at Hillsborough. The Spanish centre-back grabbed an equaliser in the 68th minute before leaving it late to snatch a stoppage-time winner, sealing the Owls' 3-2 triumph.
Craig Cathcart - Blackpool
Cathcart contributed a solid display for the Seasiders as they romped to a 6-0 triumph at home to Ipswich. The central defender helped keep things solid at the back as the Pool collected their second clean sheet of the campaign and also showed his prowess getting forward, climbing to meet Thomas Ince's cross from the right and heading it past Tractor Boys goalkeeper Scott Loach.
Wayne Bridge - Brighton
The Seagulls also enjoyed an emphatic home win as they thrashed Barnsley 5-1 and Bridge helped them to victory with an impressive display, capped by his first goal in almost nine years. The left-back's strike came in just the 14th minute as Brighton took control, with the defender smashing home a long-range effort.
Jermaine Johnson - Sheffield Wednesday
Owls winger Johnson continued to thrive on his side's return to the second tier as he opened the scoring in the victory over Millwall. The Jamaica international, who already had a goal and an assist to his name before Saturday's win, was in fine form throughout the Hillsborough clash and scored an exquisite opening goal. Johnson picked up the ball 30 yards out, charged at goal, evaded a defender and drove a stunning shot home.
Lewis McGugan - Nottingham Forest
Forest man McGugan earns a spot in our line-up after scoring arguably the division's goal of the weekend against Bolton during the 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium. The young midfielder's thunderbolt came in the 15th minute when, teed up around 30 yards from goal, he powered an absolute piledriver into the top corner.
Martyn Woolford - Bristol City
Robins midfielder Woolford netted a double as his side claimed a dramatic 4-2 win over visiting Cardiff. The 26-year-old claimed his first after bursting into the box to beat David Marshall with a tidy finish into the bottom corner, while his second came as he netted a rebounded Sam Baldock effort, taking his tally up to three goals in two games.
Thomas Ince - Blackpool
Youngster Ince once again grabbed the headlines for Blackpool after inspiring their romp to victory over Ipswich. He was the stand-out player in a dominant Seasiders display, scoring a double while also laying on the other four strikes to take both his goal and assists tallies this season to four. Ian Holloway's side are the only team in the Championship with a 100 per cent record after three games and Ince has been influential to their bright start.
Luciano Becchio - Leeds United
Leeds bounced back from a disheartening defeat by Blackpool in midweek with a 2-1 victory at Peterborough and Becchio was on target with both goals. Manager Neil Warnock had been particularly scathing of Becchio and his fellow forwards for their role in the Pool loss and the striker was quick to respond, applying the finish to balls from Luke Varney and Ross McCormack with ease as he took his goal tally this season to three.
Ashley Barnes - Brighton
Brighton's biggest ever win at the AMEX Stadium was largely down to young frontman Barnes, who was a threat to Barnsley's beleaguered backline throughout. The striker got things rolling with a fourth-minute opener and completed a brace late on, while also laying on both of strike partner Craig Mackail-Smith's two goals.