Forest have had a bit of a run since Little Billy returned. They'd won just ten of their first 32 games this season but have now added five on the spin, the latest coming on Saturday when they beat Wolves 3-1.
Despite the defeat, Wolves, having climbed out of the bottom three in midweek, remain fourth from bottom and that despite there being no losers below them. Bristol City beat Middlesbrough to move up two places from the bottom and Peterborough picked up a point from what was a rare 0-0 draw for them against Ipswich.
That's seen Barnsley holding everyone up again. They were in cup action and now have games in hand. Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday sit four points above the bottom four so there is not going to be any immediate change there.
Up at the top it is tight. Hull are now three points behind leaders Cardiff, who have two games in hand. They've two points more than Watford, and three more than Crystal Palace and it is very unlikely that any other side will threaten the top two places in the table.
It's anyone's guess for the other two play off places. Currently it's Leicester along with Forest but Brighton, Bolton and Middlesbrough are the probable challengers. Middlesbrough are on a poor run but, along with Forest, Bolton are the team in form. Starting with the win against us they've won six and drawn two of their last eight games.
Away from the results, Blackpool are rewarding supporters for their patience by cutting season ticket prices. Having lost two managers, Ian Holloway and Michael Appleton have both walked out this season, and having had to play on a pitch that is hardly conducive to football, chairman Karl Oyston has slashed prices which means they will be able to watch Championship football next season for just £195.50 each.
By then, they are hoping things will have settled down in the manager's office and that the nematode problems, similar to those that beset us some ten years ago, will have been resolved.
Supporters will also be able to purchase at that price into May. Burnley Football Club, and its persistence with a cut off date at the end of March, might wish to take note.
One match of interest on Saturday was that between Crystal Palace and Leeds. I don't know why but home manager Ian Holloway had completely lost it at the final whistle. I noticed it, but more importantly so did the FA. He's been charged. To be honest you could charge him virtually every week seeing as that's the frequency of his rants.
And finally, what about the nonsense of the BBC's Late Kick Off waiting until March before it gets its season underway. I watched it on Sunday and, sorry Tony L, I think it needs a bit of a shake up as well as an appearance long before this time in the season.
All the results and stats are below along with this week's fixtures which start with three games tonight. Interestingly four of the weekend fixtures have had their kick off times brough forward by the police.The Results Saturday 9th March Birmingham City 3 Derby County 1 Leicester City 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Bolton Wanderers 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Nottingham Forest 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Bristol City 2 Middlesbrough 0 Peterborough United 0 Ipswich 0 Crystal Palace 2 Leeds United 2 Watford 1 Blackpool 2 Huddersfield Town 0 Charlton Athletic 1 Monday 11th March Burnley 0 Hull City 1
The Stats Biggest Win Birmingham City 3-1 v Derby County (home)Bristol City 2-0 v Middlesbrough (home)Nottingham Forest 3-1 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (away) Total Goals Scored 21 (12 home - 9 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals2Steve Morison - Leeds United v Crystal PalaceGlenn Murray - Crystal Palace v Leeds UnitedWes Thomas - Birmingham City v Derby County Highest Attendance 24,883 - Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday Lowest Attendance 9,367 - Peterborough United v Ipswich Town Total Yellow Cards 19 Total Red Cards 2 Most Cards in a Game Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic (5Y) Ref: Keith Stroud
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 29 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 23 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 3 penalties 22 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 2 penalties, 2 with Huddersfield Town 20 Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 18 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penaltiesChris Wood (Leicester City) - 11 with Millwall 15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties 14 Troy Deeney (Watford) - includes 2 penaltiesDavid Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty 13 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties 12 Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penalties 11 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penaltiesScott McDonald (Middlesbrough)Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penaltiesJamie Ward (Derby County) - includes 4 penalties 10 Almen Abdi (Watford) - includes 2 penaltiesDJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) - 10 with Ipswich TownCraig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 2 penalties, 8 with BarnsleyDwight Gayle (Peterborough United)Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 3 penalties
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 06/11/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Ipswich Town 17/11/12 3: Jordan Rhodes - Peterborough United v BLACKBURN ROVERS 12/01/13 3: Chris Wood - Bristol City v LEICESTER CITY 19/02/13 3: Radoslaw Majewski - NOTTINGHAM FOREST v Huddersfield Town 02/03/13 3: Dwight Gayle - Blackburn Rovers v PETERBOROUGH UNITED 02/03/13 3: Leonardo Ulloa - BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION v Huddersfield Town 05/03/13 3: Kevin Phillips - CRYSTAL PALACE v Hull City
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 45 1 54 2 Huddersfield Town 68 4 77 4 Birmingham City 50 3 54 3 Hull City 43 1 46 2 Blackburn Rovers 55 0 68 0 Ipswich Town 41 2 43 2 Blackpool 42 1 44 1 Leeds United 53 2 63 2 Bolton Wanderers 68 2 71 2 Leicester City 37 1 41 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 51 3 56 3 Middlesbrough 49 1 59 1 Bristol City 44 0 47 0 Millwall 66 3 76 3 Burnley 69 2 77 3 Nottingham Forest 58 4 58 5 Cardiff City 61 2 64 2 Peterborough United 48 1 51 1 Charlton Athletic 51 2 52 3 Sheffield Wednesday 67 1 73 1 Crystal Palace 49 2 60 2 Watford 64 4 67 4 Derby County 49 2 50 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 3 49 3
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,010 Derby County v Nottingham Forest (19/01) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09) 28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12) 28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11) 28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 6,050 Peterborough United v Charlton Athletic (05/03) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 6,214 Peterborough United v Hull City (19/01) 26,938 Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town (19/02) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 26,727 Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford (29/12) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12) 26,684 Brighton & HA v Nottingham Forest (15/12) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12) 26,670 Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (26/12) 6,648 Peterborough Utd v Burnley (02/02)
The Next Fixtures Tuesday 12th March Barnsley v Brighton & Hove Albion Leeds United v Peterborough United Cardiff City v Leicester City Saturday 16th March Barnsley v Watford Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers Blackpool v Peterborough United Leeds United v Huddersfield Town (12:30) Charlton Athletic v Millwall (12:30) Middlesbrough v Birmingham City Derby County v Leicester City (17:20) Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City Hull City v Nottingham Forest Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bristol City Sunday 17th March Blackburn Rovers v Burnley (12:30) Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace (12:00)
Source: Clarets Mad