Five things learnt in the Championship: Leeds, Watford and Forest feature

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What can be learnt from matchday 12 of Championship action.

Leeds should give Darko Milanic time to improve

Milanic fell to his second defeat in four games when Leeds lost 2-1 at Rotherham on Friday night, and he has yet to win a game since his appointment as permanent head coach. Despite winning three of four games under caretaker boss Neil Redfearn, the club appear to have taken a step back since the arrival of Milanic, and it is hard to see where his first victory will come from. However, the club should be willing to afford the Slovenian coach time, having given Dave Hockaday just four games in charge upon his appointment at the beginning of the season. Results may not be in Milanic’s favour, but performances are improved from the early stage of the season, and there are visible changes with the first-team squad. If results do not improve, there is no reason to suggest that Massimo Cellino will keep faith in Milanic, but, in the current situation, the club President should have nothing but belief that the coach will bring stability to an increasingly turbulent Elland Road. 

Watford’s managerial changes look to be working

The Hornets are onto their fourth head coach of the season after just 12 Championship games played, but they sit atop the Championship table, having scored the most goals in the entire division. Whatever people have to say about the treatment of the managers' seat at Vicarage Road, the Pozzo family appear to be running the club successfully, and they should be praised for their ability to clear up the problem thrown upon them when former head coach Oscar Garcia was brought down with illness after just one game in charge. They swiftly appointed Billy McKinlay, who was then dismissed two games later after choosing not to step back down to an assistant coach, before appointing current man Slavisa Jokanovic - who oversaw a convincing 3-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday for his first game in charge.

Fulham can build on Norwich victory in search of Premier League

Fulham have now won three games this season after defeating former league leaders Norwich on Saturday, and, although they remain inside the relegation places, Kit Symons has brought a string of impressive performances to Craven Cottage despite no confirmation concerning his future at the club. With the intense nature of the Championship, a run of victories could see the Cottagers shoot up the table, and despite the 10-point gap between them and the play-off places, there is no reason for Symons to write off their season at this early stage. Having claimed three points off former league leaders Norwich, the club will acknowledge that they can defeat even the strongest teams in the division, and that should build the confidence that could kick-start their entire season.

Nottingham Forest are mirroring last season

Forest started the 2013/14 season incredibly, losing just four games before February, although they then went 12 games without victory until April - a string of results that knocked them out of the race for promotion. Having spent a sizeable transfer budget this summer, and appointed club legend Stuart Pearce as manager, the Forest faithful were keen to finally see the top flight return to the City Ground, and they started this season as they started the last, winning five of seven games and remaining undefeated until last weekend. However, they registered four successive draws, before finally falling to defeat to struggling Cardiff City on Saturday. Their results at the beginning of the season flattered to deceive, with the goalscoring exploits of Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio hiding certain failings, and they now look to be struggling with luck not on their side. They travel to league leaders Watford on Tuesday, and could fall six points off the top of the table if they suffer a second consecutive defeat in Hertfordshire.

Bolton look convincing under Neil Lennon

The Trotters defeated now manager-less Birmingham City on Saturday in Neil Lennon’s first game as head coach, and they put in a performance worthy of their result. Dominating the game, each member of the first team squad looked vitalised - something that was missing for much of Dougie Freedman’s reign in charge at the Macron Stadium. Despite only defeating Birmingham - who sit just one point off the relegation places - by a one-goal margin, the performance brought thoughts of a bright future to the Bolton fans - and it spelled the end of Lee Clark’s reign as Blues manager.

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