Away teams dominate in Championship
The weekend Championship fixtures finally came to an end last night as Huddersfield joined Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Burnley, Charlton, Brighton, Wolves and Bolton in recording away wins. Stephen Foster got Barnsley's first
Eight away wins in twelve games, a draw at Udinese Feeder FC, and that meant only Crystal Palace, who came from 2-0 behind to beat Cardiff, Leeds and Leicester were home winners.
With Charlie Austin having been granted our second goal in the win against Peterborough, he became the second player to hit a Championship hat trick this season along with Pete Whittingham of Cardiff.
That two has now become five. Glenn Murray got all three, with two from the penalty spot, in that Palace win and, on Sunday, David Nugent, who had scored his first goal of the season against us four days earlier, got all three in Leicester's win against Hull.
But it's Barnsley and Craig Davies who should take pride of place this week. Davies hit four of Barnsley's goals in a sensational 5-0 win at Birmingham. I was receiving text updates on the scoreline while on my way home from Derby but it could have been worse for Brum with an eight or nine goal win for Barnsley a result that could have been reality such was their domination.
Boss Keith Hill said it was reward for the unjust scoreline at Blackburn in midweek, but Birmingham boss Lee Grant looked close to tears as he failed to explain just what had gone on. Ironically, it is the biggest away win in the Championship since Birmingham themselves won 6-0 at Millwall last season.
Overall, the league has changed with the top two, Blackburn and Blackpool, both losing at home. I watched the Blackburn game and was stunned at the continued abuse aimed at Steve Kean throughout the game.
What do these people want? Are they not aware just how good a job he's doing? Was Shebby Singh leading the chanting? Whatever, he's apparently on the brink, although latest reports suggest it could take a few weeks. What a shame!
The results and stats are below along with the leading goalscorers, with Austin now proudly at the top, each clubs disciplinary record, the highest and lowest attendances and the weekend fixtures.The Results Friday 21st September Blackburn Rovers 1 Middlesbrough 2 Saturday 22nd September Birmingham City 0 Barnsley 5 Millwall 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Crystal Palace 3 Cardiff City 2 Peterborough United 0 Wolverhamton Wand 2 Derby County 1 Burnley 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Bolton Wanderers 2 Ipswich 1 Charlton Athletic 2 Watford 2 Bristol City 2 Leeds United 2 Nottingham Forest 1 Sunday 23rd September Leicester City 3 Hull City 1 Monday 24th September Blackpool 1 Huddersfield Town 3
The Stats Biggest Win Barnsley 5-0 v Birmingham City (away) Total Goals Scored 16 (18 home - 26 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals4 - Craig Davies (Barnsley) Highest Attendance 26,598 - Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers Lowest Attendance 9,280 - Peterborough United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Total Yellow Cards 38 Total Red Cards 1 Most Cards in a Game Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers (6Y) Ref: Keith Stroud
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 7 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 1 penaltyCraig Davies (Barnsley) - includes 1 penalty 6 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 1 penaltyTom Ince (Blackpool)Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 1 penalty 5 Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday)Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 2 penaltiesJordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - 2 with Huddersfield TownPete Whittingham (Cardiff City) - includes 2 penalties 4 Sam Baldock (Bristol City)Chris Eagles (Bolton Wanderers)Nuno Gomes (Blackburn Rovers)David Nugent (Leicester City)Matej Vydra (Watford)Jamie Ward (Derby County) - includes 1 penalty 3 Ashley Barnes (Brighton & Hove Albion)Kagiso Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace)Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 1 penaltyAbdoulaye Faye (Hull City)Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 2 penaltiesJay Simpson (Hull City)Martyn Woolford (Bristol City)
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
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 11 1 14 2 Huddersfield Town 15 1 16 1 Birmingham City 6 0 8 0 Hull City 6 0 6 1 Blackburn Rovers 11 0 11 0 Ipswich Town 6 0 6 0 Blackpool 7 0 7 0 Leeds United 16 0 18 0 Bolton Wanderers 17 0 19 0 Leicester City 9 0 9 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 0 11 0 Middlesbrough 12 0 12 0 Bristol City 9 0 11 0 Millwall 12 1 14 1 Burnley 8 0 12 0 Nottingham Forest 18 1 18 1 Cardiff City 11 0 13 0 Peterborough United 15 0 17 0 Charlton Athletic 9 0 9 0 Sheffield Wednesday 18 1 20 1 Crystal Palace 11 0 15 0 Watford 12 0 13 0 Derby County 5 0 6 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 0 9 0
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09) 26,598 Sheffield Wed v Bolton Wanderers (22/09) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 26,594 Brighton & HA v Sheffield Weds (14/09) 8,088 Barnsley v Bristol City (01/09) 25,518 Brighton & Hove Albion v Cardiff City (21/08) 9,280 Peterborough Utd v Wolves (22/09) 25,379 Sheffield Wed v Birmingham City (21/08) 9,295 Millwall v Cardiff City (18/09) 25,230 Sheffield Wed v Huddersfield Town (19/09) 9,576 Millwall v Middlesbrough (01/09) 24,752 Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall (25/08) 10,432 Peterborough United v Leeds United (25/08) 24,594 Brighton & Hove Albion v Barnsley (25/08) 10,979 Burnley v Peterborough United (15/09) 24,411 Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers (01/09) 11,010 Millwall v Blackpool (18/08) 24,400 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Barnsley (21/08) 11,022 Watford v Birmingham City (25/08)
The Week's Fixtures Saturday 29th September Barnsley v Ipswich Town Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City (17:30) Huddersfield Town v Watford Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace Hull City v Peterborough United Bristol City v Leeds United Middlesbrough v Leicester City Burnley v Millwall Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday Cardiff City v Blackpool Sunday 30th September Nottingham Forest v Derby County (13:15)
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