QPR bidding for the old Arsenal title
Back in the days when George Graham was in charge, Arsenal became known for their ability to win games 1-0, but that title is certainly heading west to QPR right now as they did just that yet again on Saturday at Yeovil.
What a pity the score wasn't 1-0 to Yeovil; that would have seen current leaders QPR down in fourth place and the Clarets would have been holding top position on goal difference. As it is we are second with Leicester, Blackpool, Watford and Nottingham Forest in the play-off positions.
A win for Yeovil, who haven't won since the opening day at Millwall, would have been a shock but we shouldn't have been surprised at the scoreline. QPR have won six of their eight games to date and five of them have been by a 1-0 scoreline. On this occasion, just as it had been against Birmingham seven days earlier, the scorer was Charlie Austin who netted from the penalty spot.
Atde Nuhiu gave Sheffield Wednesday the lead against them in the first game of the season, but QPR went on to win 2-1. In the next game Huddersfield went in front through James Vaughan but it ended 1-1. They remain the only two players to have scored against them and they've now played 595 minutes of league football since they last conceded a goal.
It goes without saying that they have the best defensive record in the division so far. We have the second best with six conceded, a total matched by Brighton and Huddersfield. We also have the second best record in terms of scoring. Along with Derby and Nottingham Forest and Derby we've scored 14 goals, bettered only by Watford who have found the net 19 times.
Eleven of those goals have come in two games. They beat Bournemouth 6-1 on the second Saturday of the season and this weekend netted five times in a 5-1 win at Oakwell against Barnsley, and with five different goalscorers.
On the subject of scoring goals, Manchester United loaned our Federico Macheda to Doncaster last week and he responded by scoring twice on his debut in a 2-2 home draw against Nottingham Forest.
That pales into insignificance when you look at what happened at Birmingham. Having been beaten at Burnley last Tuesday they also moved in on Old Trafford to make a loan signing, that of 20-year-old Jesse Lingard. He repaid them with all four goals on his debut in a 4-1 rout of Sheffield Wednesday. That's some achievement, one that former Burnley player Ian Lawson equalled in January 1957 when he scored four in a 9-0 FA Cup win against Chesterfield on his debut.
Wednesday are hovering just above the bottom three but are one of two Championship teams without a win. The other one is Bolton. They actually took the lead at Brighton with an own goal but early in the second half conceded three goals in four minutes and nine seconds.
Manager Dougie Freedman has said he won't walk away, which suggests that the axe might be falling soon if their fortunes don't change. They have one point less than Wednesday, Yeovil and Barnsley with Barnsley boss David Flitcroft's future hanging in the balance.
It's cup week this week so no league games until the weekend. The recent results and stats are below along with the leading goalscorers, each club's red and yellow card count, the highest and lowest attendances and the next league fixtures.The Results Saturday 21st September BARNSLEY 1 WATFORD 5 DERBY 1 READING 3 BIRMINGHAM 4 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 DONCASTER 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 BLACKBURN 0 HUDDERSFIELD 0 LEEDS 1 BURNLEY 2 BLACKPOOL 2 LEICESTER 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 3 BOURNEMOUTH 3 BRIGHTON 3 BOLTON 1 YEOVIL 0 QPR 1 CHARLTON 0 MILLWALL 1 Sunday 22nd September WIGAN 2 IPSWICH 0
The Stats Biggest Win WATFORD 5-1 v BARNSLEY (away) Total Goals Scored 40 (19 home - 21 away) Player Scoring Most Goals 4 - JESSE LINGARD (BIRMINGHAM) v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY Highest Attendance 26,465 - LEEDS v BURNLEY Lowest Attendance 9,108 - YEOVIL v QPR Total Yellow Cards 32 Total Red Cards 1 Most Cards in a Game MIDDLESBROUGH v BOURNEMOUTH (5Y 1R) Ref: GRAHAM SALISBURY
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 7 JAMES VAUGHAN (HUDDERSFIELD) - including 1 penalty 6 TROY DEENEY (WATFORD) - includes 2 penaltiesJORDAN RHODES (BLACKBURN) - includes 1 penalty 5 LEWIS GRABBAN (BOURNEMOUTH)DANNY INGS (BURNLEY) 4 CRAIG BRYSON (DERBY)TOM INCE (BLACKPOOL) - including 1 penaltyADAM LE FONDRE (READING) - includes 1 penaltyJESSE LINGARD (BIRMINGHAM)LEWIS McGUGAN (WATFORD) - includes 1 penaltyCHRIS O'GRADY (BARNSLEY) - includes 1 penaltyANDY REID (NOTTINGHAM FOREST)JOHNNY RUSSELL (DERBY) - includes 1 penaltyLEO ULLOA (BRIGHTON)SAM VOKES (BURNLEY) 3 DARIUS HENDERSON (NOTTINGHAM FOREST)YANN KERMOGANT (CHARLTON) -includes 1 penaltySHAUN MALONEY (WIGAN) - includes 1 penaltyCHRIS MARTIN (DERBY)ROSS McCORMACK (LEEDS)DAVID McGOLDRICK (IPSWICH)DAVID NUGENT (LEICESTER) - includes 3 penaltiesBRETT PITMAN (BOURNEMOUTH) - includes 2 penalties
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 10/08/13 3: TROY DEENEY - WATFORD v BOURNEMOUTH (home) 24/08/13 3: JAMES VAUGHAN - HUDDERSFIELD v BOURNEMOUTH (home) 14/09/13 3: CRAIG BRYSON - DERBY v MILLWALL (away) 21/09/13 4: JESSE LINGARD - BIRMINGHAM v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (home)
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total BARNSLEY 8 2 8 2 IPSWICH 9 0 10 0 BIRMINGHAM 18 0 24 0 LEEDS 9 1 11 1 BLACKBURN 12 1 14 2 LEICESTER 10 1 10 1 BLACKPOOL 14 1 15 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 11 2 11 2 BOLTON 19 1 19 1 MILLWALL 12 1 13 1 BOURNEMOUTH 12 0 14 0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 16 0 19 0 BRIGHTON 16 2 17 2 QPR 12 0 13 0 BURNLEY 14 1 17 1 READING 14 1 18 1 CHARLTON 11 1 14 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 13 0 13 1 DERBY 18 1 21 1 WATFORD 15 0 17 0 DONCASTER 14 1 15 1 WIGAN 6 1 8 1 HUDDERSFIELD 11 0 14 0 YEOVIL 11 1 18 1
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,432 LEEDS v BRIGHTON (03/08) 6,769 DONCASTER v BOURNEMOUTH (31/08) 26,804 BRIGHTON v MILLWALL (31/08) 7,047 YEOVIL v DERBY (24/08) 26,465 LEEDS v BURNLEY (21/09) 7,305 YEOVIL v READING (31/08) 26,319 BRIGHTON v BOLTON (21/09) 7,574 BOURNEMOUTH v BARNSLEY (17/09) 26,238 BRIGHTON v DERBY (10/08) 8,415 MILLWALL v BLACKPOOL (17/09) 26,007 BRIGHTON v BURNLEY (24/08) 8,707 DONCASTER v BLACKBURN (16/08) 25,535 NOTTM FOREST v HUDDERSFIELD (03/08) 8,717 YEOVIL v BIRMINGHAM (10/08) 23,766 LEEDS v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (17/08) 9,002 DONCASTER v BLACKPOOL (03/08) 23,514 DERBY v BURNLEY (31/08) 9,097 BOURNEMOUTH v WIGAN (17/08) 23,437 DERBY v LEICESTER (17/08) 9,108 YEOVIL v QPR (21/09)
The Next Fixtures Friday 27th September HUDDERSFIELD v BLACKPOOL Saturday 28th September BOLTON v YEOVIL NOTTINGHAM FOREST v DERBY (12:15) BOURNEMOUTH v BLACKBURN QPR v MIDDLESBROUGH BURNLEY v CHARLTON READING v BIRMINGHAM IPSWICH v BRIGHTON SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v DONCASTER LEICESTER v BARNSLEY WATFORD v WIGAN MILLWALL v LEEDS
Source: Clarets Mad
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