Late goals and some upset managers
There were some late goals in the second set of Easter fixtures and what an effect it had on some of the Championship managers as points were lost in the closing stages.
We know Sean Dyche was unhappy at the timing of the award of Nottingham Forest's penalty at Turf Moor but down at Ashton Gate, in a relegation battle between Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday there was even more fury.
Wednesday had led with a first half goal from Jermaine Johnson but were denied victory when Sam Baldock struck in the third minute of stoppage time, the award of which left Dave Jones in a rage.Two goals for Wade Elliott
He fumed: "Chris Kirkland has been hit in the face by their lad (Marvin Elliott) going up for the cross and if it's anywhere else on the pitch, it's a free kick. It's a forearm smash.
"We had taken everything City could throw at us and all you ask is a fair deal from the match officials. We have had trouble with this referee before. If he had done his job we would be going home with three points, but I get tired of saying this sort of thing."
The referee was a Mr Darren Deadman who also took his Easter total of yellow cards to sixteen in two games.
Bristol City are our next opponents and their boss Sean O'Driscoll said after the game: "Six more performances like that will do me, whatever the outcome of our season."
Dyche upset, Jones upset, but what about Neil Warnock at Leeds. He'd seen his side go a goal up against Leeds just around the time Junior Stanislas scored for us. They didn't hold on either but they conceded twice with Derby's winner coming on 88 minutes.
It was all too much for Warnock. He decided that their play off hopes were at an end and walked away from his tenth job. Will it be his last? He says not. Time will tell but he'll struggle to get another job at this level now I would think.
It ended a weekend for him that started with a row at Ipswich with Mick McCarthy to him being the 15th Championship manager to leave his job this season, and I've not included the succession of caretakers at Ewood.
On the subject of our close neighbours. They are still just a win from their game in hand of going level with us on points but they are fast running out of goalkeepers. Paul Robinson and Jake Kean are both out for the season.
Robinson has suffered some serious respiratory complications following a back operation. He's developed a pulmonary embolism in his lung and will be out for at least six months. Kean has suffered a torn cartilage and is expected to be fit for the start of next season.
Kean came of injured during their 3-0 defeat at Cardiff. His replacement was Pole Grzegorz Sandomierski who was making his debut.
Another of the strugglers to lose a player with injury are Wolves. They'll have to play the remainder of the season without the services of leading goalscorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake who sustained a broken fibula in the win against Birmingham.
Birmingham lost the game 3-2 but both of their goals were scored by Wade Elliott, his first brace since getting two for Burnley in a 3-3 draw against Cardiff in September 2005.
In the big game of the day a Troy Deeney goal gave free scoring Watford a 1-0 win at Hull. It's taken them within a point of Hull in second place with a trip to Cardiff to look forward to this weekend.
As for the relegation issues; it's so hard to call now. Incredibly, Birmingham, who are in 11th place, are only five points clear of the bottom three. That means there should be some real concern at Turf Moor but I do still believe one win will do it. It's going to be a high points total needed this year though without doubt.
The results, stats and next fixtures are all below.The Results Monday 1st April Barnsley 2 Leicester City 0 Burnley 1 Nottingham Forest 1 Birmingham City 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Cardiff City 3 Blackburn Rovers 0 Blackpool 1 Crystal Palace 0 Leeds United 1 Derby County 2 Bristol City 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Millwall 0 Ipswich Town 0 Wednesday 2nd April Bolton Wanderers 1 Huddersfield Town 0 Hull City 0 Watford 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Charlton Athletic 0 Middlesbrough 0 Peterborough United 0
The Stats Biggest Win Cardiff City 3-0 v Blackburn Rovers (home) Total Goals Scored 20 (12 home - 8 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals2Sylvan Ebanks Blake - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Birmingham CityWade Elliott - Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Highest Attendance 28,043 - Brighton & Hove Albion v Charlton Athletic Lowest Attendance 10,141 - Millwall v Ipswich Town Total Yellow Cards 40 Total Red Cards 1 Most Cards in a Game Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday (8Y) Ref: Darren Deadman
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 29 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 25 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 4 penalties 23 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 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 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties 12 Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penaltiesJamie Ward (Derby County) - includes 4 penalties 11 Dwight Gayle (Peterborough United)Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough)Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties 10 Almen Abdi (Watford) - includes 2 penaltiesSam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 4 penaltiesGeorge Boyd (Hull City) - 6 with Peterborough UnitedDJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) - 10 with Ipswich TownCraig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 2 penalties, 8 with BarnsleyBilly 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 54 1 63 2 Huddersfield Town 76 4 85 4 Birmingham City 57 3 61 3 Hull City 49 1 52 2 Blackburn Rovers 62 0 76 0 Ipswich Town 45 2 48 2 Blackpool 47 2 49 2 Leeds United 63 3 73 3 Bolton Wanderers 74 4 77 4 Leicester City 44 2 48 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 58 3 63 3 Middlesbrough 50 1 60 1 Bristol City 48 0 51 0 Millwall 75 3 88 3 Burnley 76 3 84 4 Nottingham Forest 67 4 67 5 Cardiff City 67 2 70 2 Peterborough United 49 1 52 1 Charlton Athletic 57 2 58 3 Sheffield Wednesday 79 2 85 2 Crystal Palace 52 2 63 2 Watford 68 4 71 4 Derby County 53 2 54 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 52 3 56 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) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 28,124 Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove A (30/03) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12) 28,043 Brighton & HA v Charlton Athletic (02/04) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12) 26,938 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday(18/08) 6,648 Peterborough Utd v Burnley (02/02)
The Next Fixtures Saturday 6th April Birmingham City v Millwall Derby County v Ipswich Town Bolton Wanderers v Wolverhampton Wanderers Huddersfield Town v Peterborough United Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City Hull City v Middlesbrough Burnley v Bristol City Nottingham Forest v Blackpool Charlton Athletic v Leeds United Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn Rovers Crystal Palace v Barnsley Watford v Cardiff City
Source: Clarets Mad
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