Leeds and Derby County have leagues best; Billy Davies & Zola out?

Derby County Huddle

Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Leeds United, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Watford feature.

Derby County and Leeds United both won away from home yesterday, largely thanks to their key players Ross McCormack and Craig Bryson. I believe going on this current season those two have been the best in the division, outshining much more illustrious players in the process.

Ross McCormack scored one and set up one in Leeds United's 3-0 win at Doncaster as he tries to shake the tag of inconsistency that many have labelled him with through-out his career. He has netted 16 goals in 20 appearances for Leeds this season, setting up three in the process. Despite being linked with moves away from Elland Road, he has committed himself to the club and has vocally announced his love for the Yorkshire side.

It was influential midfielder Craig Bryson that secured the 2-0 win for the Rams away at Charlton. They have now made it six wins out of six and are officially the third best form team in the world, behind only Bayern Munich and Olympiakos in the standings. The central midfielder was last week tipped by former England captain Paul Ince to go on to play in the Premier League and yesterday he was Derby's star man once again, netting a classy lob for his ninth goal of the season.

In a similar shape to Aaron Ramsey, the Scotland international is not an out-and-out attacking midfielder and is one of Derby's biggest defensive contributors. However with nine goals and seven assists this season, it makes him the Championship's highest productive player and it's no surprised to see him named with the leagues best.

With the January Transfer Window around the corner both Clubs will be looking to keep hold of their men, especially as both players have been linked with Celtic in the past couple of months.

There was more post-match managerial misery in the Championship with fans on Twitter demanding their bosses out.

#KingBilly #UnfinishedBusiness was mocked around Nottingham Forest fans as some supporters grew tired of yet another disappointing home result, which saw them hold Ipswich to a draw.

Billy Davies has been showing signs of a man on the edge and this latest result won't help him. If it's not shouting at photographers or banning journalists from interviews, you can normally find him in the ear of the fourth official and against Ipswich that's where he spent most of his time,

A number of supporters are growing increasingly incensed by his actions, and when the results aren't free-flowing then questions are always going to be asked.

13 points collected out of a possible 30 for Forest and now they're out of the play-offs. It could be the right time to ask for a little patience from supporters.

A man in dire need of a lifeline is Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola. The Italian was lauded last season for his hard-work which saw Watford get to the play-off final, but unfortunately fell at the last stage. The Hertfordshire side started this season very strongly, but the past 10 games have been hellish for fans, players and management that have seen them win once and collect seven points from a possible 30.

I think the former West Ham manager will, or should get to at least the start of January before any buttons are pressed. But, unless he can turn it around fairly soon, I don't think the Watford board will have much choice.

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