A Tale of New Managers
Published : 06 Nov 2012 09:37:37
The 'Under New Management' signs went up in the Championship on Saturday as Blackburn, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Ipswich all welcomed new men and Bolton had their first home game under Dougie Freedman.
They always reckon that a new man gives a team a lift and that seemed to be very much the case as the results came in for all but one of the teams. We gave Sean Dyche a win in his first game against Wolves, and so did bottom of the league Ipswich who enjoyed a 1-0 win at Birmingham as Mad Mick McCarthy took over.
Freedman saw his Bolton side come from a goal behind to beat league leaders Cardiff and Ian Holloway, clearly a man who had been desperate to get out of Blackpool, was introduced to the Palace fans as they beat Blackburn 2-0.
Blackburn, yes, the one team with a new man who weren't able to get any points. It's a welcome to Agent Henning Berg, the strangest of appointments that managing director Derek Shaw, the former bumbling chairman of Preston, struggled to enthuse over.
Shabby Shebby was happy enough. He'd got his man, well once he'd failed with his attempts to lure any of Tim Sherwood, Billy McKinlay, Harry Redknapp or Diego Maradona. Agent Berg isn't under any pressure at Ewood, other than he must, as a minimum, win promotion this season.
I like Shebby. I'm not sure what a global advisor is supposed to do. I was disappointed with him when he forced Agent Kean out but, let's be fair, this comedic figure is proving to be very entertaining for the Burnley fans watching with interest.
Looking at the league table, Cardiff are still top despite the defeat at Bolton, but it is only now because of their goal difference. Middlesbrough have caught them after beating Charlton 4-1 at the Valley.
There were three 4-1 winners but the most surprising was surely Millwall's at Nottingham Forest. When Millwall came to the Turf in September they did so on the back of three successive defeats. They've been unbeaten since and that's seven games, three of which have been won and four drawn.
They are sat just one place behind us now but the league remains very tight. We are the top club in the bottom half of the league, but had we won just one of the games that ended in defeat we'd have been level on points with the team in sixth place. That's come with the boost of nine points from the last four games.
The new managers go into their next games in charge tonight. Agent Berg will be at Huddersfield.
The results from the weekend along with the stats, the leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record, the highest and lowest attendances and tonight's fixtures are all below.The Results Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Leeds United 2 Saturday 3rd November Birmingham City 0 Ipswich Town 1 Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0 Bolton Wanderers 2 Cardiff City 1 Hull City 1 Barnsley 0 Burnley 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Nottingham Forest 1 Millwall 4 Charlton Athletic 1 Middlesbrough 4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 Peterborough United 1 Crystal Palace 2 Blackburn Rovers 0 Watford 2 Leicester City 1 Derby County 4 Blackpool 1
The Stats Biggest Win Derby County 4-1 v Blackpool (home)Middlesbrough 4-1 v Charlton Athletic (away)Millwall 4-1 v Nottingham Forest (away) Total Goals Scored 35 (20 home - 15 away) Player Scoring Most Goals2 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion)Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace)Theo Robinson (Derby County) Highest Attendance 26,402 - Brighton & Hove Albion v Leeds United Lowest Attendance 12,295 - Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers Total Yellow Cards 32 Total Red Cards 2 Most Cards in a Game Bolton Wanderers v Cardiff City (4Y 1R) Ref: Tony BatesBurnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers (5Y) Ref: Mark Haywood
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 16 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 2 penalties 10 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 4 penalties 9 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 3 penalties 8 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties 7 Craig Davies (Barnsley) - includes 1 penaltyTom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 1 penaltyDarius Henderson (Millwall)Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - 2 with Huddersfield TownPete Whittingham (Cardiff City) - includes 3 penalties 6 Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 1 penaltyChris Eagles (Bolton Wanderers)Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 2 penaltiesDavid Nugent (Leicester City)Theo Robinson (Derby County) - includes 1 penaltyLiam Trotter (Millwall) - includes 1 penaltyChris Wood (Millwall) 5
Sone Aluko (Hull City)Sam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 1 penaltyGeorge Boyd (Peterborough United)Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 1 penaltyJermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday)Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 1 penalty
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 01/09/12 3: Pete Whittingham - CARDIFF CITY v Wolverhampton Wanderers 15/09/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Peterborough United 22/09/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Cardiff City 22/09/12 4: Craig Davies - Birmingham City v BARNSLEY 23/09/12 3: David Nugent - LEICESTER CITY v Hull City 29/09/12 3: Emile Sinclair - Hull City v PETERBOROUGH UNITED 02/10/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Sheffield Wednesday 23/10/12 3: Marlon King - Millwall v BIRMINGHAM CITY
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 16 1 19 2 Huddersfield Town 22 2 23 2 Birmingham City 14 2 16 2 Hull City 11 0 11 1 Blackburn Rovers 19 0 19 0 Ipswich Town 21 0 21 0 Blackpool 18 0 18 0 Leeds United 26 0 31 0 Bolton Wanderers 29 1 31 1 Leicester City 17 1 17 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 23 0 Middlesbrough 20 0 23 0 Bristol City 20 0 22 0 Millwall 26 1 28 1 Burnley 25 0 31 0 Nottingham Forest 28 3 28 3 Cardiff City 19 0 21 0 Peterborough United 28 0 29 0 Charlton Athletic 21 0 21 0 Sheffield Wednesday 27 1 30 1 Crystal Palace 18 1 22 1 Watford 26 4 27 4 Derby County 12 1 13 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 0 17 0
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09) 28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 26,598 Sheffield Wed v Bolton Wanderers (22/09) 8,088 Barnsley v Bristol City (01/09) 26,594 Brighton & HA v Sheffield Weds (14/09) 8,195 Barnsley v Crystal Palace (23/10) 26,293 Brighton & HA v Middlesbrough (20/10) 8,319 Barnsley v Peterborough United (02/10) 26,185 Charlton Athletic v Barnsley (20/10) 8,427 Peterborough Utd v Derby County (29/10) 26,121 Brighton & HA v Birmingham City (29/09) 8,571 Barnsley v Ipswich Town (29/09) 25,726 Leicester City v Brighton & HA (23/10) 9,258 Millwall v Birmingham City (23/10) 25,518 Brighton & Hove Albion v Cardiff City (21/08) 9,280 Peterborough Utd v Wolves (22/09)
The Next Fixtures Tuesday 6th November Birmingham City v Bristol City Derby County v Barnsley Bolton Wanderers v Leicester City Huddersfield Town v Blackburn Rovers Brighton & Hove Albion v Peterborough United Hull City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Burnley v Leeds United Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough Charlton Athletic v Cardiff City Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town (20:00) Watford v Millwall
Source: Clarets Mad