1: Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town). Did not have to pull off save after save, but what he did, he did pretty well. Looked comfortable and assured and made a few decent blocks. Looks to have top-flight attributes.
2: Nathaniel Knight-Pervical (Bradford City). The newcomer had a sound debut in the City defence and looked calm and unflappable. Went close to a goal, too.
3: James Wilson (Sheffield United). Solid and strong and hardly put a foot wrong. Easy to see why several League One rivals were also interested in the ex-Oldham man before the Blades won the day.
4: Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday). Back to the future, having returned to his traditional preserve of defence. Won his fair share of headers and tackles and complimented Tom Lees well. A partnership in the making.
5: Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday). Carried on from where he left off in an outstanding 2015-16. No wonder he is so coveted with the likes of Burnley and Derby topping his list of admirers, with the Owls set to reward him with a new deal. Marvellous saving tackle to deny his ex-Leeds team-mate Ross McCormack a debut goal in the second half.
6: John Fleck (Sheffield United). Busy and bright and kept the Blades ticking over and pulled the strings in the middle of the park.
7: Will Vaulks (Rotherham United). Crowned an all-action display with a cracking first-half goal. Very encouraging bow, looks a ‘player.’
8: Nicky Law (Bradford City). Industrious and went close with two first-half efforts. At the heart of most things good for City. Showed his experience.
9: Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town). Worked his backside off and was a real pest to Brentford’s harassed back four. Deservedly rewarded with a goal. Fast and threatening with an insatiable appetite for work.
10: Jack Payne (Huddersfield Town). Provided spots of sorcery in the number ten role and produced one or two exquisite moments. Effervescent and also scored with a long-range cracker in the second half.
11: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town). Carried on from where he left off in a high-class pre-season. Likely to be a big player for Town this season. Composed and authoritative. Just the job.
Manager/head coach: David Wagner (Huddersfield). Town looked fit, organised and ‘at it’ and never let Brentford settle with their performance being a tribute to the pre-season work of Wagner and his staff.