Who were the best Championship performers over the weekend? Martin, Sako and more

Derby County, Blackburn Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City stars all feature.

The Championship provided some exciting football over the weekend as Leeds lost their first game under Darko Milanic and Nottingham Forest were held at home by Brighton.

Reading and Wolves shared the spoils in arguably the match of the weekend in a dramatic 3-3 draw, which saw both teams take something from the match up.

We’ve taken a look at the stats to see who were the best performers in a number of key areas.


  PositionTeamGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Chris Martin FW Derby 2 1 90
Nahki Wells FW Huddersfield 2 1 89
David Cotterill MF Birmingham 1 1 90
Daniel Tözsér MF Watford 1 1 90
Nathan Delfouneso FW Blackpool 1 1 90

Chris Martin maintained an impressive start to the season with both goals in an away win at Bolton. If the Rams are to go one better this season and win promotion to the Premier League then he’s going to be integral in that success.


  PositionTeamTotal Scoring AttAppearancesMins Played
Rudy Gestede FW Blackburn 10 1 90
Tom Cairney MF Blackburn 7 1 90
Jordan Rhodes FW Blackburn 6 1 90
Lewis Grabban FW Norwich 5 1 90
Bradley Johnson MF Norwich 5 1 90

Blackburn definitely need to work on their accuracy and conversion rates because the stats suggest they really should have won against Watford. However, the three Rovers stars on this list is a positive to take from the 2-2 draw moving forward as the side looks to climb the table.


  PositionTeamWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Craig Forsyth DF Derby 6 1 90
John Brayford DF Cardiff 5 1 90
Lasse Vigen Christensen MF Fulham 5 1 90
Aron Gunnarsson MF Cardiff 5 1 90
Bradley Johnson MF Norwich 5 1 90

Craig Forsyth was the most effective player when it came to winning tackles over the weekend. He stopped Bolton from being able to penetrate Derby’s back four and kept the ball in front of the defence where it was easier for them to contain Bolton over the game.

Dribbles Won

  PositionTeamWon ContestAppearancesMins Played
Bakary Sako MF Wolves 6 1 90
Demarai Gray FW Birmingham 4 1 72
James Henry MF Wolves 4 1 79
Nathan Redmond MF Norwich 4 1 83
Paul Anderson MF Ipswich 3 1 55

Bakary Sako gave the Reading defence some real problems and he’ll consider himself unlucky not to have ended up on the winning side during the 3-3 draw. The Wolves midfielder is one of the best in the Championship in terms of controlling the ball at pace and driving at the opposition.

Accurate Passes

  PositionTeamAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Alexander Tettey MF Norwich 82 1 90
Tal Ben Haim DF Charlton 59 1 90
Tom Cairney MF Blackburn 57 1 90
Paul Green MF Rotherham 57 1 90
John Eustace MF Derby 56 1 90

Alex Tettey was the most effective player in terms of accurate passes over the weekend. He helped Norwich to keep the ball and build pressure against Blackpool, which led to fatigue in the Blackpool defence and eventually chances and goals for the away side.

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