Championship Team of the Week: Matchday One

Blackburn Rovers, Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Watford and Reading players feature.

GK - Lee Grant - Derby County

Four saves and the successful claiming of one cross make the 31-year old stopper the best of the week. He faced the highest number of shots without conceding a goal, and provided the strong rearguard that lead Derby County to victory.

RB - Juan Carlos Paredes - Watford

The debutant hit the crossbar with a long-range drive, and it was the only negative aspect of his game. Two successful dribbles and two successful tackles meant that the Ecuadorian controlled the right flank, limiting Bolton's attacking threat. Impressed in both defensive and attacking phases of play, and looks to be an astute signing by the Hornets.

CB - Daniel Ayala - Middlesbrough

The 23-year old may have been yellow carded, but it could not take away from his match-winning performance. He netted the opening goal of Middlesbrough's campaign and won 89% of his aerial battles. For a team built upon a strong defence, Ayala is certainly a key player.

CB - Gabriele Angella - Watford

Recorded two assists and three successful tackles, the Italian dominated the tempo of the game. Whilst his defensive game needs work, his reading of and influence over the whole game makes him an invaluable part of the three-at-the-back formation that Watford play.

LB - Shaun Cummings - Reading

Despite conceding two goals, 25-year old Cummings won five tackles, six interceptions, and completed four effective clearances. He also influenced the attacking game, scoring once and playing one key pass from the full-back position.

RM - Tom Cairney - Blackburn Rovers

Having scored one goal from one shot on target, and played two key passes with an accuracy of 95%, Cairney controlled the opening game of the season, winning two tackles as well as aiding with his creative input. He netted the equaliser for Blackburn with a long range strike.

CM - Matt Ritchie - AFC Bournemouth

The 24-year old laid on two assists for his teammates, whilst also winning one tackle and three interceptions. In the Cherries 4-0 victory, Ritchie laid the groundwork both the goalscoring and the clean sheet.

CM - Giles Coke - Sheffield Wednesday

Scorer of the goal of the weekend - a sweet left footed curling effort from outside the box - Coke focused upon the defensive side of the game, winning two tackles and five interceptions - the highest of any player in the match. With the added goal, the 28-year old secured the man of the match award.

LM - Jeff Hendrick - Derby County

Despite his labelling as a midfielder, Hendrick consistently pushed forward and aided his teammates in the forward positions. He managed just one shot on target, although that led to the only goal of the game, but his link up play was key - registering 80 touches with a pass accuracy of 87%.

FW - Matej Vydra - Watford

The former Championship Player of the Year returned to the division with a goal and a lively performance, completing three dribbles and one key pass, and scoring from his only shot on target. He played unselfishly, laying on chances for his teammates, although many failed to capitalise on the chances presented to them.

FW - Callum Wilson - AFC Bournemouth

The star of the weekend, debutant Wilson, should have had an opening day hat-trick were it not for a missed penalty. The two goals he netted showed incredibly attacking play, and although the penalty was missed, it looks as if Wilson has made the step up from League One.

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