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Championship: Weekly Round Up 06/10

Story by Richard Curtis

It was reported earlier today Owen Coyle has been sacked as Bolton manager after a string of disappointing results including last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to strugglers Millwall leaving the trotters straggling in 18th position in the league. Darius Henderson scored a 90th minute winner on top of his earlier 17th minute strike to move Millwall three points above the relegation zone, Eagles had earlier equalised for Bolton when his free kick somehow found its way through a Millwall wall. Millwall could have almost guaranteed all 3 points earlier in the game but Danny Shittu’s header was controversially disallowed for a push on Adam Bogdan.

Bottom of the table Peterborough Towns woes increased with a 1-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest.  Andy Reid’s strike gave Nottingham Forest a first away win and left Peterborough as the only Football League club without a home point. Following the game Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson stated that he does not like working with the club’s director of football Barry Fry and goes as far to claim that he is forcing him towards resignation.  Two other managers are also under pressure. Birmingham City fans were livid after their sides defeat against newly promoted Huddersfield Town, thanks to a goal from new signing Jermaine Beckford, this poor result came just 2 weeks after the 6-0 home drubbing by Barnsley. The pressure is really on Blues manager Lee Clark; he has reacted this week by signing midfielder Diop from West Ham on loan.The pressure is also mounting on Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell following his sides defeat to Cardiff City, although he has been given a temporary stay of execution. Cardiff sit top of the table after the 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Heidar Helguson, New Ipswich signing DJ Campbell scored on his debut.

The weekend’s big movers were Leicester City which will be music to our editor’s ears!  The Foxes are now up to second place following a 2-0 win against Bristol City in which in-form striker David Nugent scored one and forced an own-goal. The question everyone is asking is can the foxes keep up their current form to the end of the season, I believe so but only time will tell!  Also in the East Midlands Derby played out a goalless draw against Brighton at Pride Park a game at which I was in attendance, despite sounding a boring game there was plenty of action, both goalkeepers Ledgkins and Kuszach made a number of saves. Both Brighton and Derby are hoping to push towards the play-off positions this season, and on evidence from this game it’s a real possibility.

Game of the day was Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace edged out Burnley in a seven goal thriller, winning 4-3. Burnleys Chris McCann and Martin Paterson put the visitors 2-0 up, but 19 year old Palace forward Zaha responded with strikes either side of the break. Damien Delaney and Glenn Murray put Palace out of sight, although there was time for a late Charlie Austin consolation for Burnley. The Eagles are now unbeaten in seven Championship games and have taken 19 points in that period and have moved upto 4th place in the league. The win ensured a fourth successive league victory for the first time since December 2007 and capped off a fantastic week for both Palace and 19-year-old winger Zaha, who scored both of his side’s goals in their 2-1 win against Wolves on Tuesday.

Elsewhere Leeds defeated Barnsley 1-0 in a Yorkshire derby thanks to a Luciano Becchio first-half penalty; Charlton Athletic defeated Blackpool 2-0 thanks to goals from Leon Cort and Chris Sully.  Middlesbrough won 2-1 away at Watford thanks to goals from Emnes and McDonald and Hull City moved up to 10th with a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday thanks to a goal from substitute Aaron Mclean.

Games to look out for after the International Break…

Fri 19th October :  Sheffield Wednesday  Vs Leeds (Yorkshire Derby)  7.45pm.

Sat 20th October: Derby vs Blackburn (possible new Blackburn manager?) 3pm.

Sat 20th October: Birmingham City Vs Leicester (Will the blues respond to last weekend) 3pm.

Sat 20th October:  Crystal Palace Vs Millwall (London Derby?!) 3pm.

Sat 20th October: Bolton vs Bristol City (Life after Owen Coyle for the trotters!) 3pm.

Championship: Weekly Round Up 30/09

Story by Robin Popley

Key Match – Nottingham Forest 0 – 1 Derby County

In a typically heated encounter, it was Derby County who emerged victorious in this Brian Clough Cup Match, one of few league games that can boast a trophy to the winner. From the off-set, referee Robert Madley had to calm the tempers of both Forest, and The Rams. The first yellow card of the game was the first real highlight of any description and this was awarded to Andy Reid following a lunging challenge on Derby defender, Craig Bryson, who would turn out to be the hero on the day. Between him (Bryson) and Dextor Blackstock – who was eventually sent off immediately into the second half – there were more fouls exchange hands than words spoken on the pitch between either player. Victory mattered. The fans, as ever, knew that too.

The first chance of the game came through Chris Cohen for Forest, with the midfielder firing a relatively easy shot at Frank Fielding in the Derby net, saved accordingly by the goalkeeper. As tempers flared, free kicks soon followed, with Lewis McGuagan wasting a brilliant opportunity to test Fielding moments later. However, it was almost apt that in a half they were on the back foot for much of, Derby would create the best chance with Conor Sammon – a recent £1 million acquisition from Wigan – firing narrowly over Lee Camp’s goal before Simon Cox returned the favour moments later for Forest with the same outcome. Wide but only just!

Then the boiling point was finally reached. Dexter Blackstock was sent off inside 60 seconds of the restart, following a challenge to Richard Keogh’s face, although replays do suggest that by contrast to earlier challenges the striker made this was the least harmful. Nevertheless, whoever it was, a sending off was always on the cards. If this was the precursor the game had needed then we need a protagonist.  Up step Bryson who tapped in on the 55th minute to send the Derby fans wild. Forest were silenced.

That is how it would remain despite an extremely good effort from Simon Gillett near the end. His rebound was superbly saved by Fielding, further adding to why he has been on the England team fringes, before and since his move to Pride Park last summer.

Elsewhere…

Cardiff joined Brighton at the top of the table with 16 points, following a comprehensive 3 – 0 home victory over fellow promotion rivals, Blackpool. Leicester City continued their fine form by extending their unbeaten run to three with their first away points and win at Middlesborough, Lloyd Dyer clinching the win late on in the day, to push the Foxes into the Play-offs for the first time since Opening Day. Peterborough surprised the entire division, by taking full points on the road against Hull City, Emile Sinclair with a hat trick. Crystal Palace also sent shockwaves through the league as they further added to Owen Coyle’s problems at Bolton with a slender 1-0 victory at the Reebok. In the highscoring game at Ashton Gate between Bristol City and Leeds United, it was Leeds who game out on top, with a 3-2 win. Wolves continued their fine recent form by winning yet again at home to Sheffield Wednesday by a goal to nil. Another shock was seen at Huddersfield as they were on the reverse of 3 – 2 scoreline against Watford. The hornets toppling the other joint leaders of the Championship (as things stood ahead of this weekend). Leaders Brighton were beaten by Lee Clark’s inconsistant Birmingham City 1 – 0 and there were draws in the games at Barnsley – where they were held 1 all by Ipswich – and at Turf Moor where Burnley and Milwall played out a 2 all draw.

The other draw of the weekend was between newly promoted Charlton and Blackburn. Steve Kean wasn’t present however, as following pressure leading up to this game, gave his resignation into the Venky’s thus beginning the search for a new Rovers manager. The 11 team watch with curiosity who will take over at the helm!