Goalkeeper: Brian Jensen – Crawley Town
The veteran keeper pulled of one of his best performances against Mark Cooper’s Swindon Town.
Jensen was forced into a string of fine saves, despite Swindon playing with 10 men for 40 minutes when midfielder Louis Thompson was shown a straight red card in the build up to Crawley’s penalty.
The former Burnley shot-stopper cemented his place in the team of the week when I found he was brought to my attention by a Swindon Town fan, who may well agree with the Swindon boss that “It was a totally one sided game”. And the man between the Crawley sticks may well have proven the difference.
Defence: Martin Cranie – Barnsley
Cranie headed his first goal for the Tykes on Saturday as they came from behind to beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1.
The defender rose highest to give the Yorkshire club the advantage in the 75th minute. It was a goal that proved to be the winner as Barnsley avenged the mid-week League Cup defeat to Alexandra.
It was not just the goal that Cranie impressed with. His competent defending and ability to stay calm ensured Barnsley held on during a nervy final 15 minutes.
Defence: Rory McArdle – Bradford City
Bradford’s versatile defender was one of their star men as the Mackems secured a tough point away to Walsall.
The number 23 battled relentlessly all game, but managed to comfortably keep Walsall at bay to secure the Yorkshire club’s second clean sheet of the league season.
McArdle will be looking to carry on his fine vain of form when Bradford travel to Crawley town on Tuesday night.
Defence: Nathan Pond – Fleetwood Town
Having been at Fleetwood Town since 2003, Nathan Pond has not only seen many of the club’s six promotions, but has secured himself as a hero to the Cod Army.
Pond did no damage to his glowing reputation on Saturday as he produced another dominant defensive display to secure a second consecutive win for Fleetwood.
Not a header was lost, nor a tackle mistimed as the plucky Cod Army retain maximum points from their League One openers.
Defence: Joe Martin – Gillingham
Gillingham’s number three proved a vital ingredient in the Kent side’s 2-0 victory over former Championship out fit Yeovil Town.
Martin opened the scoring with a trade-mark left-footed free-kick that nestled in the top corner of the Yeovil net, just out of the reach of the despairing Chris Weal.
Martin then remained resilient in defence and useful in attack, constantly drawing fouls from the Yeovil players.
Gillingham held out and even managed to increase their lead after Danny Kedwell saw his penalty saved, but made no mistake with the re-bound.
Midfield: Jack Payne – Peterborough United
The Posh captain put in another near faultless performance as Peterborough United increased their 100% league record.
The former Gillingham man’s most important role was offering protection to a centre-back pairing that caused supporters’ hearts to skip beats on multiple occasions. But he did this job superbly, constantly getting stuck in, and more often than not winning the ball back. Payne’s pinpoint accurate passing was also extremely pleasing to see.
Jack may not be the most vocal captain, but his performances should inspire his team-mates more than words could.
Midfield: Chris Humphrey – Preston North End
A supreme performance by the winger in North End’s 4-0 drubbing of newly promoted Scunthorpe United has earnt him a place in the team of the week.
In a match where Joe Garner stole many of headlines, Humphrey’s role was just as, if not more, important as the League One hotshot. The 26-year-old provided two assists in the win, and an extremely well taken goal; finishing low across the keeper to make it 3-0.
If performances like these become a regular occurrence for Humphrey, Garner won’t be the only player The Lilywhites are clinging onto, white knuckled throughout the season.
Midfield: Jon Taylor – Peterborough United
A lung busting display has earnt Peterborough’s Jon Taylor a place in the League One team of the week.
The former Shrewsbury man gave 100% of himself in a game that required exactly that. Even after 81 minutes of near enough flat-out sprinting, Taylor still found the energy to break from a corner and win a throw, from which he received the ball after some neat footwork from Conor Washington, and lashed an inch perfect cross across the face of goal for Kyle Vassell to tap home.
The scouser even had enough energy to run off the pitch when substituted not long after.
Posh fans adore players who give 100% each game, and Taylor has already become a firm fans favourite.
Forward: Joe Garner – Preston North End
The goals that Joe Garner scored in Preston’s 4-0 thrashing of Scunthorpe United have earnt him a place in the team of the week’s front line.
The first oozed quality and composure, as the 26-year-old took a cross on his chest, which got rid of the attentions of the home defender, and finished cooly to give North End an early lead.
The second came from a sumptious Josh Brownhill cross and showed the strikers versatility has he rose above his marker and fired a bullet header past the despairing goal keeper.
Forward: Aaron Wilbraham – Bristol City
The newly recruited Robins front man continued where he left off against Sheffield United on the opening day.
Two high quality finishes against Colchester United saw his tally rise to three for the season, and the second goal summed up the strikers mood.
As the ball was flashed across goal, ‘Wilbrahimovic’, as he has been affectionately dubbed, opened up his right boot and, with the deftest of touches, diverted the ball into the back of the net.
Forward: Conor Washington – Peterborough United
The former Newport County man may not be as full of goals as his former strike partner, Britt Assombalonga, was, but one thing you will get from Washington is; speed, stamina, and strength.
This was shown through-out the 3-2 victory over MK Dons, as the forward ran non-stop for 96-minutes and played a big part in the two late goals. The first saw him collect a Kgosi Ntlhe throw-in, turn his man right on the by-line and lay the ball off to Jon Taylor who, as previously mentioned, laid it on a plate for Kyle Vassell.
The second saw a pinpoint cross from the 22-year-old land flush on the head of Vassell who looped the ball over the committed David Martin, to give The Posh a 3-1 lead.
His strength and assisting ability has seen the striker pick up numerous assists, and his nippy speed has seen him win eight penalties since arriving at the club in January.