Millwall march to save the hospital

28 January 2013 04:58
With many teams still in the FA Cup there were just five Championship games this weekend plus one played in midweek at Ewood Park, a rearranged game for Blackburn against Brighton that had been called off in December.

Ahead of that game new manager Michael Appleton called for peace after the disruptions of the previous Saturday when the owners showed their faces as they stepped out of their Rolls Royce cars.

They left early and weren't bothering with the Brighton game and Appleton reckoned that was a good thing. What a pity Mrs Desai and her entourage weren't there, and to the end, as Brighton equalised with a 97th minute penalty.

Blackburn are one of just five Championship clubs through to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Millwall got there on Friday, beating Aston Villa, a club who don't just lose to Premier League clubs. Barnsley and Middlesbrough joined them on Saturday and Leeds made it five yesterday but five will become six when Huddersfield and Leicester meet again in a replay next week.

There seemed to be some surprise at Millwall opting to play on the Friday rather than Saturday with the game not televised but the club explained the situation. On the Saturday there was a demonstration being held against proposed cuts to vital services at Lewisham Hospital.

Millwall Football Club are supporting the campaign against the closures of the A&E department, maternity ward and the children's wards as well as a range of elderly care departments.

It's so easy to have a go at Millwall because of incidents that never seem to be so far away, and there was another on Friday apparently as a Mr Scholes, an assistant referee apparently, was targeted. But there should be real praise for the club for getting behind the community in this way.

Because of the cup and the reduced number of league games we were able to retain 8th place despite the defeat against Birmingham.

The late goal was probably no surprise given that there were three goals scored in all five games played and that it went Birmingham's way too with only one home win recorded, that at Ashton Gate where bottom club Bristol City beat Ipswich. One more goal and they'd have moved off the bottom and above Barnsley on goal difference.

Finally congratulations to Watford's Matej Vydra. The 20-year-old Czech Republic international who is on loan to Watford from parent club Udinese, is in sensational goalscoring form. He scored twice in their 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest.

Since their draw at Burnley they have won five out of six games. Vydra has not only scored in five of those games but has scored twice in five of them. Those recent goals have now taken him to 18 for the season leaving him behind just Glenn Murray of Crystal Palace and our own Charlie Austin.

The latest results are below along with the usual stats and the next fixtures.

The Results Tuesday 22nd January Blackburn Rovers 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1   Saturday 26th January Bristol City 2 Ipswich Town 1 Nottingham Forest 0 Watford 3 Burnley 1 Birmingham City 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Blackpool 2 Charlton Athletic 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2  


The Stats Biggest Win Watford 3-0 v Nottingham Forest (away) Total Goals Scored 17 (6 home - 11 away)

Player Scoring Most Goals2

Tom Ince (Blackpool)Matej Vydra (Watford) Highest Attendance 20,732 - Nottingham Forest v Watford Lowest Attendance 11,576 - Burnley v Birmiingham City Total Yellow Cards 18 Total Red Cards 2 Most Cards in a Game Blackburn Rovers v Brighton & Hove Albion (6Y) Ref: Bobby Madley


Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 22 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 20 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 3 penalties 18 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 2 penalties, 2 with Huddersfield TownMatej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 16 Chris Wood (Leicester City) - 11 with Millwall 15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penaltiesTom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penalties 13 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penaltiesDavid Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty 12 Troy Deeney (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 11 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties 10 DJ Campbell (Ipswich Town)Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penaltiesScott McDonald (Middlesbrough) 9 Sam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 4 penaltiesSteven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penaltiesBilly Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 2 penalties 8 Sone Aluko (Hull City)Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 1 penalty, 8 with BarnsleyLukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough)Theo Robinson (Derby County)


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


Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R   League   Total   League  Total  Barnsley 38 1 45 2 Huddersfield Town 51 4 59 4 Birmingham City 42 3 46 3 Hull City 32 1 35 2 Blackburn Rovers 39 0 44 0 Ipswich Town 35 0 37 0 Blackpool 37 0 39 0 Leeds United 46 2 56 2 Bolton Wanderers 52 1 56 1 Leicester City 31 1 33 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 41 1 46 1 Middlesbrough 36 0 46 0 Bristol City 38 0 41 0 Millwall 49 2 54 2 Burnley 52 2 60 3 Nottingham Forest 47 4 47 5 Cardiff City 48 2 51 2 Peterborough United 43 1 46 1 Charlton Athletic 43 1 44 2 Sheffield Wednesday 50 1 56 1 Crystal Palace 39 2 50 2 Watford 51 4 54 4 Derby County 35 1 36 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 2 37 2


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) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,214 Peterborough United v Hull City (19/01) 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 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) 7,339 Peterborough Utd v Barnsley (01/01) 26,598 Sheffield Wed v Bolton Wanderers (22/09) 8,088 Barnsley v Bristol City (01/09)


The Next Fixtures Tuesday 29th January Barnsley v Millwall Bristol City v Watford Wednesday 30th January Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace   Thursday 31st January Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers   Saturday 2nd February Birmingham City v Nottingham Forest Leeds United v Cardiff City Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City Millwall v Hull City Blackpool v Barnsley Peterborough United v Burnley Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton & Hove Albion Derby County v Huddersfield Town Watford v Bolton Wanderers Ipswich Town v Middlesbrough  

Source: Clarets Mad