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Team of the Round: A stand-out XI from EFL Cup Round Four

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12:06 28th October 2016

by Alex Butcher

Eight ties, record-breaking attendances, derbies, penalties and plenty of goals. EFL Cup Round Four delivered.

We've picked 11 of the star performers and a manager to make up our EFL Cup Team of the Round.

Goalkeeper: Marco Silvestri (Leeds United)

Leeds marched on to the EFL Cup Quarter-Finals after overcoming Norwich City in a penalty shoot-out.

Silvestri saved three of the Canaries' spot-kicks, including a brilliant stop to deny Robbie Brady, and teenager Ronaldo Vieira made no mistake in sending the Whites through.



Defender: Michael Dawson (Hull City)

Dawson produced a fine defensive display and grabbed the winning goal as the Tigers edged past Bristol City.

Fellow defender Harry Maguire also netted, while Curtis Davies cleared a late effort off the line in what was a great performance by the Tigers' back three.



Defender: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United)

Kouyate has excelled since dropping into the West Ham back three, and he did so again as the Hammers overcame London rivals Chelsea.

Along with his dominant display at the back, the Senegal international scored a sensational header in the 2-1 triumph.



Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Alexander-Arnold made his first-team debut for Liverpool, and faced a stern test against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

But the 18-year-old delivered a performance beyond his years, earning a standing ovation from the Reds faithful following a fine showing in the 2-1 victory.



Winger: Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)

A first Southampton start for record signing Boufal, and his moment of class was the stand-out moment in their Round Four clash with Sunderland.

Brilliantly collecting a long ball forward, the Moroccan cut back and unleashed a curling effort beyond Jordan Pickford and in off the post to settle the tie.



Midfielder: Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

Herrera was the star of the show as United got the better of rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old lit up the second half to turn the tide in United's favour, while fellow Spaniard Juan Mata struck the winner to send the reigning EFL Cup champion out of the competition.



Midfielder: Mohamed Diame (Newcastle United)

Newcastle grabbed the EFL Cup headlines with a 6-0 rout of Preston North End, and Diame is the first of a trio of inclusions.

The powerful midfielder netted his first two goals for the club with superb long-range efforts.



Winger: Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United)

Another star showing for Newcastle came from Ritchie, who caused Preston problems all night.

The winger created two goals with his dangerous deliveries from out wide, while he won, and converted, a penalty in the romp.

Forward: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Sturridge just loves this competition.

Handed a starting role against Tottenham, the England international scored twice to make it 10 goals in his last eight EFL Cup appearances.



Forward: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United)

The third Newcastle man in the team, Mitrovic was on fire, scoring twice and proving a handful for the Preston defence.

The Serbian striker scored the first and fourth goals, played his part in Diame's first of the night, but didn't manage to wrestle the ball away from Ritchie for the Magpies spot-kick!



Forward: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Another international striker, another brace. This time it was Oxlade-Chamberlain, who helped Arsenal past a stubborn Reading side.

The England attacker netted a goal in each half to secure a 2-0 success and book a home tie against former club Southampton.



Manager: Garry Monk (Leeds United)

Every winning manager could argue for their inclusion here, but the honours go to Garry Monk for inspiring his troops to victory over Norwich.

Leeds were forced to play extra-time with 10 men due to injury and went behind, but the Whites' boss lifted his players and they got their reward.


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