There is a full round of fixtures this midweek in the Championship and the manager’s of Ipswich Town, Aston Villa and Rotherham United all need a win.
Obvious of course given Rotherham’s lowly status as the whipping boys in the Championship so far. Alan Stubbs’ men have only picked up six points to date and they are not too far away from being cast adrift at the bottom of the league if they do not start picking up results.
The main sticking point for the Millers has been their defence, conceding 28 goals which is by far the highest in the division. Perhaps even more worryingly, they have conceded three or more goals on five different occasions which suggests they are prone to collapsing like a deck of cards.
They travel to play-off hopefuls Birmingham tomorrow and will hope to upset the odds to gain some momentum.
While a lot of clubs in the Championship have invested heavily, particularly in the past tow seasons, Ipswich have gone about their business very quietly, almost too quietly with very little money being spent or ambition being shown.
That has translated to the current squad with boss Mick McCarthy still, according to some fans, not being adventurous enough with his style of play. Those comments have caused the former Ireland boss to criticise the fans and the relationship does seem tempestuous.
The Tractor Boys dropped to 17th after a 0-0 draw at Blackburn Rovers and will hope to pick up three points tomorrow at home to Burton to avoid the ire of fans.
Even at this stage of proceedings, Steve Bruce urgently needs to pick up points at Villa Park, because they are sinking without trace. Failing to win against Wolves on Saturday meant Villa are now ten games without a win since beating Rotherham in August.
Despite on paper the squad looking much stronger with good signings, the lingering sense of nervousness is still a big part of the club at the moment with new signings such as Ross McCormack and Mile Jedinak failing to impress so far.
Coupled with Bruce’s former Birmingham connections means the former Manchester United defender must win at Reading tomorrow or he could be in for a tough spell as Villa boss.