Does no one want to go up with Cardiff?

18 April 2013 04:40
Firstly, following the midweek programme, it is congratulations to Cardiff City and commiserations to Bristol City, but with all of Hull, Watford, Crystal Palace and Bolton losing you might wonder if anyone else wants to win promotion.   League One football next season at Ashton Gate  

Cardiff only needed a point to become the 46th club to win a place in the Premier League and they duly got it win a 0-0 home draw against Charlton. Having said that, they didn't even need that as the four of the five clubs directly behind them all lost with only Brighton winning a point.

Of great concern to us is that Hull, Watford and Crystal Palace were beaten by Wolves, Millwall and Ipswich respectively. That lifted two of them above us while bringing Wolves, who are just outside the bottom three, within three points of us.

Bolton had the most difficult game at Leicester although their recent record has been poor. Leicester's win has seen them go back into the top six with a point more than both Bolton and one of their East Midlands neighbours Nottingham Forest.

It's no surprise that the big budget clubs are all up there. All but Palace in that top eight now will have budgets way ahead most of the rest of us and I'd suggest, with the inclusion of last season's other two relegated clubs, Blackburn and Wolves, you will see the eight highest wage bills.

But the owners of Cardiff told us before the season started that the change to red would bring them the luck needed and it has been obvious for some time that Premier League football was on its way to the Welsh capital.

And just a few miles east on the M4, and across the Severn Bridge, it will be League One football for Bristol City. Four years ago I recall Wade Elliott getting a crucial second goal against them to take us into the play offs. On Tuesday he scored the goal that condemned them to relegation after six years in the Championship.

They dropped into the bottom three on the Saturday before Christmas and they haven't been out since. One point in the last six games ended any hopes of a rescue act but there is a real battle on to avoid being in those two other relegation places.

Barnsley, who conceded a stoppage time equaliser against Derby, and Huddersfield are the two clubs currently occupying them, but I'm not sure how far you go up the league before you consider a club is safe.

We certainly aren't with 54 points but I reckon if you add a couple more on, the couple we'd have got had the flag gone up for offside at Ewood, then you would probably suggest safety had been reached. That's Ipswich right now but everyone below them could start next season in League One.

A lot of clubs will be able to point to one poor decision that's proved costly, as I've done highlighting that goal at Ewood, but it proves to show just how close things are when one goal scored or not scored, conceded or not conceded, can make such a difference. Had we had 54 points at this stage last season we'd have already been 14 points clear of the drop.

I'm not even going to hazard a guess who might go down, but at the other end of the table it looks odds on that Hull will return to the top flight. They need  a maximum of four points from their last three games to be sure.

The results and stats along with the weekend fixtures are below.

The Results Tuesday 9th April Barnsley 1 Derby County 1 Leeds United 1 Burnley 0 Blackburn Rovers 1 Huddersfield Town 0 Leicester City 3 Bolton Wanderers 2 Blackpool 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 1 Nottingham Forest 0 Bristol City 0 Birmingham City 1 Millwall 1 Watford 0 Cardiff City 0 Charlton Athletic 0 Peterborough United 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Ipswich Town 3 Crystal Palace 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Hull City 0


The Stats Biggest Win Ipswich Town 3-0 v Crystal Palace (home) Total Goals Scored 16 (12 home - 4 away)

Player Scoring Most Goals

2 - Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) Highest Attendance 26,338 - Cardiff City v Charlton Athletic Lowest Attendance 9,007 - Barnsley v Derby County Total Yellow Cards 41 Total Red Cards 0 Most Cards in a Game Ipswich Town v Crystal Palace (7Y) Ref: Simon Hooper


Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 29 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 26 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 4 penalties, 2 with Huddersfield Town 25 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 4 penalties 20 Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 19 Chris Wood (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty, 11 with Millwall 18 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penalties 16 Troy Deeney (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties 14 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 3 penaltiesDavid Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty 13 Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penaltiesDwight Gayle (Peterborough United)Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties 12 Jamie Ward (Derby County) - includes 4 penalties 11 Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 2 penalties, 8 with BarnsleyJohnnie Jackson (Charlton AthleticScott McDonald (Middlesbrough)Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 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 62 3 71 4 Huddersfield Town 88 5 97 5 Birmingham City 63 3 67 3 Hull City 57 1 60 2 Blackburn Rovers 71 0 85 0 Ipswich Town 52 2 55 2 Blackpool 55 3 57 3 Leeds United 68 3 78 3 Bolton Wanderers 79 4 82 4 Leicester City 47 2 51 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 63 3 68 3 Middlesbrough 54 1 64 1 Bristol City 50 0 53 0 Millwall 78 3 93 3 Burnley 83 3 91 4 Nottingham Forest 77 5 77 6 Cardiff City 72 2 75 2 Peterborough United 53 1 56 1 Charlton Athletic 59 2 60 3 Sheffield Wednesday 92 2 98 2 Crystal Palace 57 2 68 2 Watford 71 5 74 5 Derby County 55 2 56 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 57 3 61 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) 29,697 Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley (30/03) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12) 28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11) 28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 6,050 Peterborough Utd v Charlton Athletic (05/03) 28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 28,499 Brighton & HA v Crystal Palace (17/03) 6,214 Peterborough United v Hull City (19/01) 28,493 Brighton & HA v Leicester City (06/04) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12) 28,124 Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove A (30/03) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12) 28,043 Brighton & HA v Charlton Athletic (02/04) 6,648 Peterborough Utd v Burnley (02/02)


The Next Fixtures Friday 19th April Hull City v Bristol City   Saturday 20th April Birmingham City v Leeds United Derby County v Peterborough United Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough Huddersfield Town v Millwall (12:30) Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackpool Nottingham Forest v Barnsley Burnley v Cardiff City (12:45) Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich Town Charlton Athletic v Wolverhampton Wanderers Watford v Blackburn Rovers Crystal Palace v Leicester City  

Source: Clarets Mad