QPR lead the way on opening day
Published : 08 Aug 2010 15:02:44
The first weekend of games have been played with Cardiff and Sheffield United drawing this lunchtime at the Cardiff City Stadium, but it is QPR who take the honours with the biggest win against Barnsley at Loftus Road. They won 4-0 with four different scorers on a day that saw three players yellow carded in the game with all three of them having previously played for Burnley. For QPR, new signing Bradley Orr saw yellow as did both Stephen Foster and Jay McEveley for Barnsley in a game that saw a fourth ex-Claret in action with Andy Gray up front for Barnsley.Whilst on the subject of ex-Clarets, there was a return to the Championship for our former manager Steve Cotterill. He must have felt it was like going back six years in time when he couldn't name a full bench for Portsmouth's game at Coventry.I read he was moaning about it a bit but he should be thankful he's still in work given that his club, in all honesty, are the luckiest alive to still be in business. As it happened, he managed to find four for his bench (Mark Yates wasn't available or it would have been five), but they weren't the only side to fall short on substitutes.In today's game at Cardiff neither side had a full bench. Cardiff, like Portsmouth, only had four subs whilst opponents Sheffield United were able to name six. Swansea too, in their defeat at Hull, only had six substitutes.Well done to Danny Graham of Watford and Coventry's Freddy Eastwood. Both scored twice for their respective clubs and are the early front runners in the list of leading scorers.The weekend stats are all below, along with those two names in the leading scorers and the disciplinary records of each club (these will include cup games over the season as they are included towards suspensions). Please note, however, that Cardiff, should any of their players face suspension, will win their appeal with the FAW.We also include next week's fixtures.The Week's ResultsFriday 6th AugustNorwich 2 Watford 3.Saturday 7th AugustBristol City 0 Millwall 3Leeds 1 Derby 2Burnley 1 Nottingham Forest 0Middlesbrough 1 Ipswich 3Coventry 2 Portsmouth 0Preston 0 Doncaster 2Crystal Palace 3 Leicester 2QPR 4 Barnsley 0Hull 2 Swansea 0Reading 1 Scunthorpe 2Sunday 8th AugustCardiff 1 Sheffield United 1.The Week's StatsBiggest winQPR 4-0 v Barnsley (home)Total goals scored36 (18 home - 18 away)Player scoring most goals2Freddy Eastwood (Coventry)Danny Graham (Watford)Highest Attendance26,761 - Leeds v DerbyLowest Attendance12,190 - Preston v DoncasterTotal Yellow Cards32Total Red Cards4Most cards in a gamePreston v Doncaster (7Y 1R) - Steve TannerThe leading scorers (league only)2Freddy EastwoodDanny Graham (Watford)Disciplinary Record (all domestic games)ClubYRClubYRBarnsley20Middlesbrough00Bristol City11Millwall11Burnley20Norwich00Cardiff10Nottingham Forest10Coventry10Portsmouth10Crystal Palace00Preston40Derby20QPR10Doncaster31Reading00Hull20Scunthorpe20Ipswich20Sheffield United21Leeds30Swansea00Leicester00Watford10The Next FixturesSaturday 14th AugustBarnsley v Crystal PalacePortsmouth v ReadingDerby v CardiffScunthorpe v NorwichDoncaster v Bristol CitySheffield United v QPRIpswich v BurnleySwansea v PrestonLeicester v MiddlesbroughWatford v CoventryMillwall v Hull.Sunday 15th AugustNottingham Forest v Leeds (13:15).