Who were the best Championship performers over the weekend? Pugh, Ayala and more

Molineux - Wolves - Billy Wright Stand

Bournemouth, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Rotherham United and Middlesbrough stars all feature.

It was a fascinating weekend of Championship action with Leeds United sacking their manager, Nottingham Forest falling out of the play-off places and Cardiff tasting defeat for the first time under Russell Slade.

Derby County have managed to retain their position at the top of the table despite losing at home to Wigan Athletic while Bournemouth did a Southampton with an 8-0 win away at Birmingham City.

We’ve assed the best players across five different areas of the stats from the weekend.

Goals

  TeamPosGoalsAppsMins
Marc Pugh Bournemouth MF 3 1 90
James McClean Wigan MF 2 1 28
Tokelo Rantie Bournemouth FW 2 1 26
Nahki Wells Huddersfield FW 2 1 90
Mirco Antenucci Leeds FW 1 1 90

Pugh was close to unplayable in the game against Birmingham. When he was presented with a chance to score, he put it away and that’s what was so lethal about the Cherries’ win at Birmingham.

Accurate Passes

  TeamPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Andrew Surman Norwich MF 86 1 90
Kevin McDonald Wolves MF 75 1 90
Lee Evans Wolves MF 56 1 90
David Vaughan Nott'm Forest MF 56 1 90
Harry Arter Bournemouth MF 55 1 56

Norwich City star Andrew Surman was the most accurate player in terms of accurate passes. Wolverhampton Wanderers also deserve a mention because two players in the top three helps to explain why Wolves were so effective in the away win at Leeds United.

Tackles Won

  TeamPosWon TackleAppsMins
Anthony Pilkington Norwich MF 6 1 90
James Tavernier Wigan DF 6 1 90
David Perkins Blackpool MF 5 1 90
Stephen Warnock Leeds DF 5 1 90
Hope Akpan Reading MF 4 1 90

Two players share the most tackles from the weekend with Wigan star James Tavernier getting the mention because his efforts resulted in a win for his side at league leaders Derby.

Saves

  TeamPosSavesAppsMins
Darren Randolph Birmingham GK 7 1 90
Marco Silvestri Leeds GK 7 1 90
David Stockdale Brighton GK 7 1 90
Jack Butland Derby GK 6 1 90
David Button Brentford GK 5 1 90

Three goalkeepers made seven saves during games over the weekend. Darren Randolph has to pick the ball out of his net eight teams but it could have been an even worse result against Bournemouth were it not for the number of saves he made.

Interceptions Won

  TeamPosInterception WonAppsMins
Kári Arnason Rotherham MF 7 1 90
Daniel Ayala Middlesbrough DF 7 1 90
Giuseppe Bellusci Leeds DF 5 1 90
Lee Frecklington Rotherham MF 5 1 90
Grant Hanley Blackburn DF 5 1 90

Arnason of Rotherham United and Ayala of Middlesbrough both read the game better than any other players over the weekend, with the efforts of both players rewarded with a point in each of their respective fixtures.

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