Stats: Who were the Championship's best players over the weekend?

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AFC Bournemouth, Brentford, Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest and Brighton and Hove Albion stars all feature.

It was a great weekend of action as Bournemouth have retain their lead in the Championship for Christmas while Blackpool, Wigan and Brighton continue to scrap away at the other end of the table.

Here are the Championship’s best players over five different areas of the stats from the weekend.


  PositionTeamGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Rhodes FW Blackburn 2 1 90
Matt Ritchie MF Bournemouth 2 1 90
Almen Abdi MF Watford 1 1 90
Harry Arter MF Bournemouth 1 1 90
Danny Batth DF Wolves 1 1 90

Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers and Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth were the joint top scorers over the weekend, with Ritchie’s goals helping Bournemouth react positively to defeat against Liverpool in the League Cup.


  PositionTeamGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Alex Pritchard MF Brentford 2 1 90
Ikechi Anya FW Watford 1 1 78
John Brayford DF Cardiff 1 1 90
Steve Cook DF Bournemouth 1 1 90
Charlie Daniels DF Bournemouth 1 1 90

Tottenham Hotspur owned Alex Pritchard was the most effective player in terms of assists over the weekend. His form continues to be positive for Brentford, who remain well placed in the league.


  PositionTeamSavesAppearancesMins Played
David Button GK Brentford 7 1 90
David Stockdale GK Brighton 6 1 90
Artur Boruc GK Bournemouth 5 1 90
Joe Lewis GK Blackpool 5 1 90
Nick Pope GK Charlton 5 1 90

It’s another Brentford player who tops the next stat. David Button was superb in terms of his positional play and reactions, which played a vital role in helping his team to a 3-2 win away at Cardiff.


  PositionTeamWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Robert Tesche MF Forest 7 1 90
Íñigo Calderón DF Brighton 7 1 90
Jamie O'Hara MF Blackpool 6 1 90
Jack Robinson DF Huddersfield 6 1 90
Harry Arter MF Bournemouth 5 1 90

Two players share the title of the Championship’s hard man over the weekend. Robert Tesche broke up the play nicely for Nottingham Forest against Leeds while Inigo Calderon wasn’t afraid of putting his foot in for Brighton.

Accurate Passes

  PositionTeamAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Harry Arter MF Bournemouth 77 1 90
Andrew Surman MF Bournemouth 77 1 90
Matt Ritchie MF Bournemouth 60 1 90
Oliver Norwood MF Reading 58 1 90
Mark Hudson DF Huddersfield 57 1 90

It’s all about Bournemouth as far as accurate passes are concerned. Eddie Howe will be delighted with how effectively his team protected possession in the game against Blackpool, which made them extremely difficult to cope with.

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