Championship Review - Dec 1st
Here's our look at the weekend action around the Championship as new leaders take over at the top.
Leicester City take over at the summit as they eased past Millwall at the King Power Stadium having stacked up a remarkable 31 shots towards the Lions goal. Only 3 went in, courtesy of Dyer (12th min) and a brace from Vardy (52nd and 55th mins). Leicester City 1st, Millwall 21st.
Burnley were on the end of a surprise defeat at the John Smiths Stadium where Huddersfield Town claimed a decent 2-1 win over the previous league leaders. Goals from Norwood (50th min) and a penalty from Vaughan 5 minutes later only met with an Ings response in the final few minutes. Huddersfield Town 12th, Burnley 2nd.
Queens Park Rangers suffered a surprise defeat too, with theirs being inflicted by Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat even though Austin put the Londoners ahead just before half time. Goals from Robinson just after the break and Quinn on the stroke of full time sealed the win for the home side. Doncaster Rovers 18th, Queens Park Rangers 3rd.
With 2 of the leading pack loosing, it gave Blackpool an opportunity to close the gap on the automatic promotion places, which they did with a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Bloomfield Road. Goals from Fuller (6th min) and Gosling (73rd min) sealed victory. Blackpool 4th, Sheffield Wednesday 23rd.
A play-off battle took place at The City Ground as Nottingham Forest played out a 5-goal thriller with Reading. First blood when to the Royals as Pogrebnyak and Gorkss gave the visitors a 2-goal lead with strikes in the 8th and 13th minutes. Forest hit back with goals from Cox (40th min) and Henderson (60th min), leaving Obita to pop up with the winner in the 74th minute. Nottingham Forest 6th, Reading 5th.
Leeds United slipped at Ewood Park as a solitary Blackburn Rovers goal from Spurr, on the stroke of half time, was enough to seal the points. Blackburn Rovers 13th, Leeds United 7th.
Derby County made light work of Wigan Athletic at the DW as goals from Bryson (3rd min), Dawkins (15th min) and a Martin penalty (29th min) sealed the points before half time. A Powell strike for the Latics proved to be nothing more than a consolation. Wigan Athletic 14th, Derby County 8th.
AFC Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion had to settle for a share of the spoils at Dean Court as Ritchie put the Cherries ahead just before the half hour, with Barnes bagging the equaliser 10 mintes after the restart. AFC Bournemouth 17th, Brighton & Hove Albion 9th.
The biggest shock win of the day came at Vicarage Road where struggling Yeovil Town notched up a remarkable 3-0 win over their hosts, Watford. Goals from Webster just before the break, and Miller (53rd min) and Edwards in stoppage time at the end of the match sealed an unlikely win for the Glovers. Watford 10th, Yeovil Town 22nd.
Ipswich Town managed to claim a single goal win over Charlton Athletic at The Valley as Smith bagged the only goal of the game in the 5th minute. Charlton Athletic 20th, Ipswich Town 11th.
Middlesbrough managed to keep a rare clean sheet against Bolton Wanderers at The Riverside as a solitary strike from Leadbitter, from the penalty spot, sealed victory in the 82nd minute. Middlesbrough 15th, Bolton Wanderers 16th.
Finally, Birmingham City managed to give themselves some day light at the foot of the table as they managed to see off Barnsley at Oakwell. First half goals from Caddis (13th & 22nd (pen) mins) and Zigic secure the win and the sacking of the Tykes manager. Barnsley 24th, Birmingham City 19th.
Source: Cherries MAD
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