Burnley retain top spot while QPR crash - Championship review

Burnley retain top spot, Derby claim impressive away win and QPR felled at Millwall.

Stephen Pickering rounds up this weekend's Championship results.

Blackpool 1 – 0 Wigan

An exciting game at Bloomfield Road saw a Tom Ince penalty decide the match. Blackpool showed their form in the first half, and looked good for their lead. Wigan had more of the ball in the second but couldn’t make it count and will be left frustrated. In the end Blackpool had 3 opportunities in the last 15 minutes could have, probably should have doubled their lead.

Barnsley 3 – 2 Middlesbrough

Barnsley fans will be delighted with their first half display. A first half bombardment from the Tykes left ‘boro on the ropes and saw them 3-0 to the good at half-time. The goals coming from McCourt and a brace from O’Grady. Adomah made a late surge to try and rescue a point for Tony Mowbray’s men but his two goals in 3 minutes couldn’t change the destination of the 3 points.

Blackburn 0 – 1 Charlton

Simon Church carried on his form from the international break and scored an early goal which turned out to be the winner. Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer was left fuming after the game claiming that it should have been ruled out for handball. Chris Powell can have no complaints hailing the Welsh striker after the game for his movement, touch and finish. A much needed win for former England international Chris Powell, their first league away victory of the campaign.

Bolton 1 – 1 Sheffield Wednesday

Under-pressure manager Dave Jones was left seething after the game when two key decisions kept Wednesday from picking up their first 3 points of the season. Jose Semedo was sent to the dressing room for what appeared to be a ‘reckless’ challenge and Jermaine Johnson’s headed goal was disallowed for an incorrect offside decision. However, Dave Jones did say he couldn’t fault his men after the game and praised keeper Chris Kirkland for putting in 2 top draw saves to stop them slipping to yet another defeat.

Ipswich 0 – 1 Burnley

Burnley retained their league position after a tightly contested game which was won by a late Scott Arfield goal. Whispers around the ground were on the imminent departure of manager Mick McCarthy, but he had his mind firmly on the game. He said there wasn’t much between his side and Burnley but complimented the away sides defending. Sean Dyche is in wonderland after seeing his side make records with their incredible start to the season. Obviously buoyed by another win, it’s difficult to see how this ‘flash in the pan’ according to many is going to burn out.

Leicester 2 – 1 Huddersfield

Nigel Pearson was left in full praise of his Danish goalkeeper after a 2-1 win over Huddersfield. An early Jamie Vardy goal saw Leicester take the lead. This was shortly followed up by an Anthony Gerrard own goal which saw the defender head the ball into his own net. Sean Scannell saw his short deflect of ex-England international Paul Konchesky to get them back into the game but in the end was left frustrated by Kasper Schmeichel's heroics. A clearly frustrated James Vaughan was sent for an early bath for lashing out at Polish international Marcin Wasilewski.

Millwall 2 – 2 Queens Park Rangers

Harry Redknapp was left red faced after a bizarre turn of events that saw him get hit with the match ball and throw away 2 points all within a few seconds. Niko Kranjcar carried on his scoring form from the international break and put QPR 1-0 up. Scott McDonald ruined QPR’s run of eight clean sheets scoring the equaliser and putting Millwall back in the game. Charlie Austin looked to have scored the winner after reinstating the hoops lead in the 69th minute. However, 2 minutes into injury time and then everything turned somewhat comical. Harry Redknapp was hit in the face with the match ball after it was thrown back from the crowd, clearly angry the Rangers boss barely turned around to see two of his defenders lose their head and allow super-sub Jermaine Easter to salvage and unlikely point for the home team.

Nottingham Forest 1 – 1 Bournemouth

Nottingham Forest was left frustrated at the end of the game with Billy Davies showing support for his misfiring strikers. Henri Lansbury the clubs top joint goal scorer getting the goal in the first half setting Forest for a straight forward win. However, Bournemouth had other ideas moments after Karl Darlow was booked for time wasting the long-serving Bournemouth winger scored the equaliser leaving Forest fans frustrated and Bournemouth fans elated. Eddie Howe was clearly pleased with the point and claimed it was for a job well done.

Reading 4 – 1 Doncaster

Reading’s quality shined in their dominant performance against Doncaster. Goals from Guthrie, Le Fondre, McCleary and Pogrebnyak were enough to leave Doncaster fans going home with their tail between their legs. Theo Robinson's goal for the away team did little to stop Paul Dickov’s disappointment after the game admitting Reading deserved all 3 points and that they were punished for their sloppy start.

Watford 2 – 3 Derby

Watford were left second best in a game that was end to end for the majority of the 90 minutes. Craig Bryson put in incredible ball which Jamie Ward connected with leaving Almunia little chance. Watford reacted quickly with a good attacking move which resulted in Forestieri exquisitely finishing over keeper Lee Grant’s head. Jamie Ward again put Derby ahead after some incredible interchanging play between Bryson and Martin, allowing Ward to slot in from 4 yards out. Lewis McGugan then put Watford back in the game, finally finding his range after a number of hopeful shots but that time he got it right and Lee Grant could do nothing. Steve McClaren revealed how assistant Paul Simpson told him to ‘’go for it’’ which influenced Sammon coming on as a sub, his movement and power were too much for Watford as he swung the game back into Derby’s favour and after missing his first chance, he didn’t make the same mistake on the second time of asking and sent the Derby fans home elated after a fantastic away victory. 

Yeovil 0 – 0 Brighton

Brighton was left frustrated after they couldn’t turn their possession into goals and allowed Yeovil to pick up their first home point of the season. Despite the lack of possession Yeovil looked positive and stayed switched on through-out the game. Brighton looked to run out of ideas after a good spell early in the first half, and the missing Ulloa was obviously a cause for concern for the away team. After the game, Johnson came out positively and complimented both sides and looked to keep his players heads up. The Brighton assistant manager seemed much more frustrated going down the line of ‘we did enough to win the game’ and we’re missing that goal scorer to win us games’ which go down for me as the two biggest clichés in post-match interviews. Brighton will undoubtedly bounce back, but today Yeovil fans will be the happier out of the two.

Leeds United 4 – 0 Birmingham

Leeds United saw off Birmingham in style live for the nations viewing pleasure in an emphatic 4-0 win. Ross McCormack made the most of a defensive mistake by Birmingham and put the home side ahead. Just after the half hour mark, man of the match Rodolph Austin put Leeds 2-0 up. Centre-forward giant Matt Smith effectively killed the game just before the half time whistle putting Leeds 3-0 up, then added his second to round off a dominant performance for Yorkshire side. Birmingham go back to looking over their shoulder sitting 20th in the league, just 2 points off Barnsley who sit in the relegation zone. Leeds United break into the top 10 and will now be pushing for an assault of the play-offs in the next coming months.

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