A good night for the bottom three
Last night proved to be a good night for the three clubs in the relegation places ahead of kick off with Crystal Palace, Bristol City and Sven Goran Eriksson's Leicester all winning against teams who started the day in the top ten. Pride of place should surely go to Palace who had travelled to third place Norwich and had to come from behind to win. It was their first away win of the season and the same could be said for Sven's Leicester who won by the same 2-1 scoreline at Leeds.Bristol City were also winners, beating Reading at home and thus became the last Championship club to win a home game this season.Bristol City are still bottom and Palace remain between them, but Preston are back down there after losing 3-2 at home to Scunthorpe. It was their fourth home defeat of the season and their eighth league defeat in total.The day started with six clubs not having won an away game but Portsmouth joined Palace and Leicester in getting their first three points on the road. That leaves just Barnsley and Middlesbrough as well as the Clarets looking for that first away victory.Portsmouth, along with Derby, are the form teams right now. While Portsmouth were winning at Millwall last night, Derby took all three points at Doncaster. Derby are up to 7th and Portsmouth are 15th and both are teams to keep an eye on.Over the weekend we reported the good fortune of the top two clubs, and nothing changed in midweek. QPR benefited from Wes Hoolahan missing a penalty against them on Saturday, last night it was the turn of Swansea's David Cotterill in yet another 0-0 draw although Cotterill did get his on target only for it to be saved by Paddy Kenny. Cardiff, meanwhile, scored a late winner against Coventry.Our win has taken us back up to fourth in the table. The stats for last night's game are below along with the league's leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record and the forthcoming weekend fixtures.The Midweek ResultsTuesday 19th OctoberBristol City 1 Reading 0Millwall 0 Portsmouth 1Burnley 3 Barnsley 0Norwich 1 Crystal Palace 2Coventry 1 Cardiff 2Nottingham Forest 1 Middlesbrough 0Doncaster 2 Derby 3Preston 2 Scunthorpe 3Hull 0 Sheffield United 1Swansea 0 QPR 0Leeds 1 Leicester 2Watford 2 Ipswich 1The Midweek StatsBiggest winBurnley 3-0 v Barnsley (home)Total goals scored29 (14 home - 15 away)Player scoring most goals2Kris Commons (Derby)Chris Eagles (Burnley)Dean Shiels (Doncaster)Highest Attendance24,975 - Norwich v Crystal PalaceLowest Attendance9,000 - Doncaster v DerbyTotal Yellow Cards31Total Red Cards0Most cards in a gameSwansea v QPR (7Y) - Simon HooperThe leading scorers (league only)8Chris Iwelumo (Burnley)Jamie Mackie (QPR)7Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff)Kris Commons (Derby) - includes 1 penalty6Danny Graham (Watford)Lewis McGugan (Nottingham Forest) - includes 1 penaltyDavide Somma (Leeds)Marvin Sordell (Watford)5Luciano Becchio (Leeds)Chris Eagles (Burnley) - includes 3 penaltiesHeidar Helguson (QPR) - includes 3 penaltiesAndy King (Leicester)Jon Parkin (Preston)Billy Sharp (Doncaster) - including 3 penaltiesScott Sinclair (Swansea)4Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) - includes 1 penaltyJames Coppinger (Doncaster)Stephen Dobbie (Swansea)Adam Hammill (Barnsley)Jimmy Kebe (Reading)Dave Kitson (Portsmouth)Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth) - including 3 penaltiesSteve Morison (Millwall) - includes 1 penaltyJason Scotland (Ipswich)Adel Taarabt (QPR) - includes 3 penaltiesHat Tricks (league only)11th Sep3 - Chris Iwelumo - BURNLEY v Preston14th Sep3 - James Coppinger - DONCASTER v Norwich14th Sep3 - James Vaughan - CRYSTAL PALACE v Portsmouth28th Sep3 - Jon Parkin - Leeds v PRESTONDisciplinary Record (all domestic games)ClubYRClubYRBarnsley200Middlesbrough201Bristol City141Millwall222Burnley273Norwich160Cardiff141Nottingham Forest200Coventry221Portsmouth201Crystal Palace204Preston313Derby180QPR180Doncaster171Reading223Hull220Scunthorpe121Ipswich192Sheffield United182Leeds212Swansea291Leicester152Watford140The Next FixturesFriday 22nd OctoberBristol City v QPR.Saturday 23rd OctoberBurnley v ReadingNorwich v MiddlesbroughCoventry v BarnsleyNottingham Forest v IpswichDoncaster v Sheffield United (17:15)Preston v Crystal PalaceHull v PortsmouthSwansea v LeicesterMillwall v DerbyWatford v ScunthorpeMonday 25th OctoberLeeds v Cardiff.
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