Away from the big games there was some real interest down at Fratton Park where Portsmouth played host to former manager Steve Cotterill and his Nottingham Forest team. It was, I think it is fair to say, a perfect day for Pompey, Dave Kitson, and those who didn't appreciate Cotterball is the new man at Forest went home with a 3-0 defeat.
Just to make matters worse, two of the goals came from one of his last Pompey signings Erik Huseklepp with the other from Dave Kitson who made a very public 'Good Riddance' comment when Cotterill moved on.
Kitson might well have enjoyed that goal, but probably the most appreciated goal of the weekend came at Ipswich where the home side fell to a 3-2 defeat against bottom of the league Doncaster who were fielding Willie McKay's latest capture El Hadji Diouf who was making his second appearance for the South Yorkshire club.
Diouf scored twice but it was Donny's second that will be remembered. Already 1-0 up, Billy Sharp doubled the lead. It was his second goal this week following the tragic death of his two day old son. Amazingly the Ipswich fans, right around the ground, stood and applauded, something they repeated when Sharp was substituted just over twenty minutes from the end.
Today, Doncaster Rovers and Sharp have responded to it. On their official site it reads: "Doncaster Rovers Football Club should like to thank all of the Ipswich Town fans who attended the game on Saturday for the unique and amazing support and respect they showed to Billy Sharp.
"The reception he received when his name was announced before the game, and when he came off, was fantastic. Even more amazing was the fact that the whole stadium stood and applauded his goal; such respect is something which is rarely seen."
Sharp himself added: "The Ipswich Town fans were fantastic; I had a lump in my throat when I scored and they did that for me. They didn't have to do that as I'm an opposing player. I'd like to thank them sincerely for showing that respect to me."
On a day when thousands of football fans also stood to remember those who have lost their lives in the two World Wars and other, more recent conflicts, it does, as I wrote in my match report, put a real perspective on the performances of our teams and the results.
Those results are below, along with the stats, the leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record, the highest and lowest attendances and the first fixtures after the international break.The Weekend Results Saturday 5th November Blackpool 1 Millwall 0 Ipswich Town 2 Doncaster Rovers 3 Bristol City 3 Burnley 1 Middlesbrough 1 Watford 0 Cardiff City 2 Crystal Palace 0 Peterborough United 3 Derby County 2 Coventry City 2 Southampton 4 Portsmouth 3 Nottingham Forest 0 Hull City 0 West Ham United 2 Sunday 6th November Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Barnsley 0 Reading 1 Birmingham City 0 Leicester City 0 Leeds United 1
The Weekend Stats Biggest Win
Portsmouth 3-0 v Nottingham Forest (home)Total Goals Scored 33 (20 home - 13 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals
2El Hadji Diouf (Doncaster Rovers)Erik Huseklepp (Portsmouth)Theo Robinson (Derby County) Highest Attendance 27,720 - Leicester City v Leeds United Lowest Attendance 9,666 - Peterborough United v Derby County Total Yellow Cards 33 Total Red Cards 0 Most Cards in a Game Leicester City v Leeds United (6Y) Ref: Oliver Langford
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 9 Rickie Lambert (Southampton) - includes 3 penaltiesRoss McCormack (Leeds United) 8 Charlie Austin (Burnley)Darius Henderson (Millwall)Chris Wood (Birmingham City) 7 Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough)Grant McCann (Peterborough United) - includes 2 penaltiesKevin Phillips (Blackpool) 6 Michael Chopra (Ipswich Town)Guly Do Prado (Southampton)Lukas Jutkiewicz (Coventry City) 5 Keith Andrews (Ipswich Town)Sam Baldock (West Ham United)Ashley Barnes (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penaltiesDavid Connolly (Southampton)Steve Davies (Derby County) - includes 1 penaltyMatt Fryatt (Hull City)Adam Lallana (Southampton)Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion)Kenny Miller (Cardiff City)David Nugent (Leicester City)Theo Robinson (Derby County)Barry Robson (Middlesbrough) - includes 1 penaltyJonjo Shelvey (Blackpool) - includes 1 penaltyPaul Taylor (Peterborough United)Luke Varney (Portsmouth)Ross Wallace (Burnley)Pete Whittingham (Cardiff City) - includes 2 penalties
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 20/08/11 3: Lee Tomlin - PETERBOROUGH UNITED v Ipswich Town 10/09/11 3: Rickie Lambert - SOUTHAMPTON v Nottingham Forest 11/09/11 3: Chris Wood - BIRMINGHAM CITY v Millwall 12/10/11 3: Darius Henderson - Leicester City v MILLWALL 02/11/11 3: Jonjo Shelvey - Leeds United v BLACKPOOL
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 25 0 26 0 Ipswich Town 19 3 19 3 Birmingham City 22 0 22 0 Leeds United 27 5 31 5 Blackpool 25 0 26 1 Leicester City 28 3 32 3 Brighton and Hove Albion 38 1 44 1 Middlesbrough 24 2 25 2 Bristol City 24 0 25 0 Millwall 26 0 29 0 Burnley 20 1 28 1 Nottingham Forest 22 1 25 1 Cardiff City 18 0 26 0 Peterborough United 21 2 23 2 Coventry City 15 2 16 2 Portsmouth 28 2 31 2 Crystal Palace 20 0 22 0 Reading 22 0 24 0 Derby County 24 1 24 1 Southampton 18 2 19 2 Doncaster Rovers 24 0 24 0 Watford 23 0 24 0 Hull City 25 0 25 0 West Ham United 23 1 23 2
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,465 West Ham United v Portsmouth (10/09) 6,351 Peterborough United v Cardiff City (18/10) 33,010 Derby County v Southampton (15/10) 7,778 Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City (27/08) 32,150 Southampton v West Ham United (18/10) 7,901 Peterborough United v Burnley (17/09) 31,448 West Ham United v Blackpool (15/10) 7,928 Peterborough United v Ipswich Town (20/08) 30,410 West Ham United v Leicester City (29/10) 8,426 Doncaster Rovers v Coventry City (29/10) 29,895 West Ham Utd v Peterborough Utd (24/09) 8,500 Peterborough Utd v Doncaster Rovers (01/10) 28,252 West Ham United v Leeds United (21/08) 8,685 Peterborough United v Hull City (10/09) 27,980 West Ham United v Bristol City (01/11) 8,900 Barnsley v Bristol City (29/10) 27,720 Leicester City v Leeds United (06/11) 9,362 Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace (24/09) 27,709 West Ham United v Ipswich Town (27/09) 9,464 Doncaster Rovers v Nottingham Forest (16/08)
The Next Fixtures Saturday 19th November Barnsley v Doncaster Rovers Middlesbrough v Blackpool Birmingham City v Peterborough United Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town Burnley v Leeds United (12:45) Reading v Cardiff City Coventry City v West Ham United Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion Derby County v Hull City Watford v Portsmouth Sunday 20th November Leicester City v Crystal Palace Millwall v Bristol City (13:15)