A midweek of strange results
The midweek programme in the Championship brought with it some strange results with the bottom three, Yeovil, Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley all winning against top six Blackpool, leaders Leicester and in form Brighton respectively. Stuart Gray is currently in charge at Hillsborough
I don't think anyone could have predicted those results, made more surprising with two of those bottom clubs having dispensed with the services of their manager over last weekend.
Barnsley, rooted to the bottom, said farewell to David Flitcroft but under the caretaker management of former Claret Micky Mellon they won at Brighton, the team who had picked up the most points during November.
With our former coach Stuart Gray in charge there was also a win for Sheffield Wednesday. They beat new league leaders Leicester 2-1 with both goals coming from Connor Wickham, a player we'd tried to sign on loan recently.
Then there was Yeovil's win against Blackpool, a game that will be remembered not for the result but more for the antics of the Blackpool players at the end of the game. They had Kirk Broadfoot sent off for a second yellow card just seconds before the end of the 90 minutes but there was much more fun to come in stoppage time.
Less than two minutes later the red card was out again, this time Ricardo Fuller going for violent conduct. He'll miss the Burnley game as he serves a three match ban. Broadfoot will be able to play as will Gary McKenzie who became red card man number three, again for a second yellow.
Paul Ince, not long back from a stadium ban himself, said the players would be disciplined. Given the speculation as to what happened with Ince it looks as though they were doing what their manager does rather than what he says.
Back to Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday. Mellon has edged Danny Wilson, the man who took them to the Premier League in the 1990s, now in the betting. Sky Bet, at the time of writing, are offering 13/8 on Mellon with Wilson at 2/1.
Over at Hillsborough a good result has also shortened the odds on Gray. He's 9/2 second favourite behind Stuart Pearce. Interestingly, Neil Warnock was favourite this morning. Warnock managing Sheffield Wednesday; that's a bit like me being offered the job at Ewood. Mind you, the way they were going last season I could have ended up on a short list eventually.
It looks as though the betting is closed for the Wigan job. Dave Whelan, as always, has conducted his business publicly and they are currently speaking to Brentford's German manager Uwe Rösler. They've even headlined on their official web site with the news that talks are about to begin.
It looks very much as though Rösler will take the job and if so let's hope he's a manager who Whelan can get on with, who the players can get on with, and who the fans can get on with. I've heard that the skips outside the Concrete Jungle have been filled with unwanted Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.
I mentioned that Brighton had won more points than any other club in November and that has won Oscar Garcia the manager of the month award. The player award went to Leeds' Ross McCormack who scored a staggering nine goals during the month in just four games.
His goals have taken Leeds into the top two over the last six games, just one point behind Derby who have moved forwards since the arrival of Steve McClaren. They've won their last four games.
It's interesting that Nottingham Forest are currently in the bottom three from the last six games period. They've won 5 points with just Watford (3 points) and Bournemouth (2 points) below them. We've played all three during that period.
But the league table in full shows us Derby, Reading and Blackpool in those play-off places with Leicester and QPR above us.
I wonder if there will be another rush of manager sackings this weekend. I can't see another three but I do keep hearing that Dougie Freedman is not very secure just now. A home win against Doncaster should help him.
The results and stats from the midweek games are below along with the usual leading goalscorers, each club's red and yellow card count, the highest and lowest attendances and this weekend's fixtures with all twelve games scheduled for Saturday.The Results Tuesday 3rd December BIRMINGHAM 1 DONCASTER 1 MILLWALL 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 BOLTON 0 HUDDERSFIELD 1 QPR 3 BOURNEMOUTH 0 BRIGHTON 1 BARNSLEY 2 READING 1 CHARLTON 0 BURNLEY 0 WATFORD 0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2 LEICESTER 1 IPSWICH 3 BLACKBURN 1 YEOVIL 1 BLACKPOOL 0 Wednesday 4th December DERBY 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 1 LEEDS 2 WIGAN 0
The Stats Biggest Win QPR 3-0 v BOURNEMOUTH (home) Total Goals Scored 27 (18 home - 9 away) Player Scoring Most Goals 2 - ROSS McCORMACK (LEEDS) v WIGANCONNOR WICKHAM (SHEFFFIELD WEDNESDAY) v LEICESTER Highest Attendance 25,888 - LEEDS v WIGAN Lowest Attendance 5,530 - YEOVIL v BLACKPOOL Total Yellow Cards 35 Total Red Cards 4 Most Cards in a Game YEOVIL v BLACKPOOL (6Y 6R) Ref: CHRIS SARGINSON
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 14 ROSS McCORMACK (LEEDS) - includes 1 penalty 11 DANNY INGS (BURNLEY) - includes 1 penaltyJORDAN RHODES (BLACKBURN) - includes 3 penalties 10 JAMES VAUGHAN (HUDDERSFIELD) - includes 2 penaltiesSAM VOKES (BURNLEY) - includes 2 penalties 9 CHARLIE AUSTIN (QPR) - includes 3 penaltiesDAVID NUGENT (LEICESTER) - includes 5 penalties 7 ALBERT ADOMAH (MIDDLESBROUGH)CRAIG BRYSON (DERBY)TROY DEENEY (WATFORD) - includes 2 penaltiesLEWIS GRABBAN (BOURNEMOUTH) - includes 1 penaltyCHRIS MARTIN (DERBY) - includes 1 penaltyDAVID McGOLDRICK (IPSWICH)CHRIS O'GRADY (BARNSLEY) - includes 1 penalty 6
TOM INCE (BLACKPOOL) - includes 3 penaltiesADAM LE FONDRE (READING) - includes 2 penaltiesJESSE LINGARD (BIRMINGHAM)ANDY REID (NOTTINGHAM FOREST)JAMIE VARDY (LEICESTER)
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 10/08/13 3: TROY DEENEY - WATFORD v BOURNEMOUTH (home) 24/08/13 3: JAMES VAUGHAN - HUDDERSFIELD v BOURNEMOUTH (home) 14/09/13 3: CRAIG BRYSON - DERBY v MILLWALL (away) 21/09/13 4: JESSE LINGARD - BIRMINGHAM v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (home) 10/11/13 4: ROSS McCORMACK - LEEDS v CHARLTON (away)
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total BARNSLEY 25 2 25 2 IPSWICH 22 1 23 1 BIRMINGHAM 31 1 38 2 LEEDS 24 1 27 1 BLACKBURN 32 3 34 4 LEICESTER 19 1 22 1 BLACKPOOL 34 6 35 6 MIDDLESBROUGH 29 4 29 4 BOLTON 33 1 33 1 MILLWALL 28 3 29 3 BOURNEMOUTH 31 3 33 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 40 2 46 2 BRIGHTON 33 2 34 2 QPR 25 0 26 0 BURNLEY 24 2 29 3 READING 31 2 35 2 CHARLTON 19 1 22 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 33 1 33 2 DERBY 35 2 41 2 WATFORD 37 0 42 0 DONCASTER 29 2 30 2 WIGAN 22 2 26 2 HUDDERSFIELD 26 1 30 1 YEOVIL 32 1 39 1
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,432 LEEDS v BRIGHTON (03/08) 5,530 YEOVIL v BLACKPOOL (03/12) 30,416 LEICESTER v NOTT'M FOREST (09/11) 6,149 YEOVIL v WIGAN (10/11) 30,367 LEEDS v MIDDLESBROUGH (23/11) 6,476 YEOVIL v LEICESTER (01/10) 28,276 NOTTINGHAM FOREST v DERBY (28/09) 6,620 DONCASTER v YEOVIL (23/11) 28,070 NOTT'M FOREST v BOURNEMOUTH (19/10) 6,769 DONCASTER v BOURNEMOUTH (31/08) 27,912 BRIGHTON v BLACKBURN (09/11) 6,873 YEOVIL v BRIGHTON (19/10) 27,755 BRIGHTON v NOTTM FOREST (05/10) 7,047 YEOVIL v DERBY (24/08) 27,657 BRIGHTON v WATFORD (28/10) 7,305 YEOVIL v READING (31/08) 27,141 DERBY v BIRMINGHAM (26/10) 7,396 DONCASTER v BRIGHTON (02/11) 26,804 BRIGHTON v MILLWALL (31/08) 7,574 BOURNEMOUTH v BARNSLEY (17/09)
The Next Fixtures Saturday 7th December BIRMINGHAM v MIDDLESBROUGH LEEDS v WATFORD BOLTON v DONCASTER MILLWALL v WIGAN BRIGHTON v LEICESTER QPR v BLACKBURN BURNLEY v BARNSLEY READING v BOURNEMOUTH DERBY v BLACKPOOL (12:15) SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v NOTTINGHAM FOREST IPSWICH v HUDDERSFIELD YEOVIL v CHARLTON
Source: Clarets Mad
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