Saturday was Wednesday's day
You know you are in for a difficult season when you reach November and the win column still shows zero, and that was how it was for Sheffield Wednesday before their home game two days ago against Reading.
I'm not sure it's happened to Burnley that often but I can recall not getting our first win in the 1979/80 season until November. By the end of 1979 we'd won five and the sixth came at the beginning of February in only the second game league game of 1980. It had hoisted us six points clear of the bottom but we didn't win again and were relegated.
That won't much bother Wednesday fans right now who will have been celebrating over the weekend. Not only did they beat Reading but they put five past them with new loan signing Connor Wickham, wrongly suggested by the North East press to be joining Burnley last week, scoring one of them.
They started the day at the bottom of the league but those three points have moved them out of the bottom three. Yeovil have dropped back to the bottom after losing at Leeds while Barnsley are next to bottom despite claiming a point at Ipswich.
They've now been joined by Birmingham. They've won just one point in their last four games and this after they'd hit four goals in successive home games against Wednesday and Millwall just a few weeks ago.
Birmingham, right now, look a good bet for relegation. I saw their shambolic attempts at defending at Burnley back in September and a couple of weeks ago it looked even worse when they conceded four at Leeds.
This time one goal was enough with Charlton taking the much needed points to keep them a few points clear of the bottom.
At the other end of the table things have tightened up a bit, certainly as far as the top four are concerned. By the time we'd kicked off at Millwall we were ahead of Leicester only on goal difference after they'd won 3-0 at Watford, another result of the day candidate.
Just a few months ago their promotion hopes died at Vicarage Road in the play-offs but this time they were too good for the Italians in a game that saw Anthony Knockaert get their second. It was Knockaert who missed the crucial penalty in stoppage time that, had it gone in, would have seen them at Wembley, made worse by the fact that Watford went straight down the pitch and got their crucial winning goal.
That goal won't be the talking point though; Chris Wood's opener will claim that when Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia's clearance smashed into his face and rebounded into the net for the big strikers first goal of the season.
Leicester ended the day a point behind us and QPR are a further point behind after they beat Derby 2-1 at Loftus Road with some rather generous goalkeeping from Lee Grant. Fourth place Blackpool won too but none of the next five at the start of the day picked up a point.
We've mentioned Reading, Forest, Watford and Derby and the other in the five were Huddersfield whose gang of three rebels were again missing, presumably once more for the good of the club.
There is one more set of fixtures before the third international break of the season. Those fixtures can be found below along with the results and stats from last week, the league's leading goalscorers, the disciplinary records and the highest and lowest attendances.The Results Wednesday 30th October WIGAN 0 QPR 0 Friday 1st November IPSWICH 1 BARNSLEY 1 Saturday 2nd November BIRMINGHAM 0 CHARLTON 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0 BLACKPOOL 1 BLACKBURN 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 0 QPR 2 DERBY 1 BOURNEMOUTH 0 BOLTON 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 5 READING 2 DONCASTER 1 BRIGHTON 3 WATFORD 0 LEICESTER 3 LEEDS 2 YEOVIL 0 WIGAN 2 HUDDERSFIELD 1 MILLWALL 2 BURNLEY 2
The Stats Biggest Win LEICESTER 3-0 v WATFORD (away)SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 5-2 v READING (home) Total Goals Scored 33 (16 home - 17 away) Player Scoring Most Goals 2 - MATTY FRYATT (SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY) v READINGROSS McCORMACK (LEEDS) v YEOVIL Highest Attendance 26,351 - LEEDS v YEOVIL Lowest Attendance 7,396 - DONCASTER v BRIGHTON Total Yellow Cards 38 Total Red Cards 2 Most Cards in a Game BLACKBURN v MIDDLESBROUGH (6Y) Ref: CARL BOYESONBOURNEMOUTH v BOLTON (6Y) Ref: DARREN DEADMANQPR v DERBY (6Y) Ref: JON MOSS
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 10 JORDAN RHODES (BLACKBURN) - includes 3 penalties 9 DANNY INGS (BURNLEY) - includes 1 penaltyJAMES VAUGHAN (HUDDERSFIELD) - includes 1 penaltySAM VOKES (BURNLEY) - includes 1 penalty 7 LEWIS GRABBAN (BOURNEMOUTH) - includes 1 penaltyROSS McCORMACK (LEEDS)DAVID NUGENT (LEICESTER) - includes 5 penaltiesCHRIS O'GRADY (BARNSLEY) - includes 1 penalty 6 ALBERT ADOMAH (MIDDLESBROUGH)CHARLIE AUSTIN (QPR) - includes 3 penatliesCRAIG BRYSON (DERBY)TROY DEENEY (WATFORD) - includes 2 penaltiesTOM INCE (BLACKPOOL) - includes 3 penaltiesADAM LE FONDRE (READING) - includes 2 penaltiesDAVID McGOLDRICK (IPSWICH) 5 HENRI LANSBURY (NOTTINGHAM FOREST) - includes 1 penaltyJESSE LINGARD (BIRMINGHAM)LEWIS McGUGAN (WATFORD) - includes 1 penaltyANDY REID (NOTTINGHAM FOREST)JOHNNY RUSSELL (DERBY) - includes 1 penalty
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 15 2 15 2 IPSWICH 16 1 17 1 BIRMINGHAM 25 0 32 1 LEEDS 16 1 19 1 BLACKBURN 26 3 28 4 LEICESTER 15 1 18 1 BLACKPOOL 26 3 27 3 MIDDLESBROUGH 20 2 20 2 BOLTON 29 1 29 1 MILLWALL 23 3 24 3 BOURNEMOUTH 24 3 26 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 33 2 39 2 BRIGHTON 28 2 29 2 QPR 20 0 21 0 BURNLEY 21 1 26 2 READING 23 1 27 1 CHARLTON 13 1 16 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 24 1 24 2 DERBY 31 2 35 2 WATFORD 29 0 34 0 DONCASTER 22 1 23 1 WIGAN 11 2 15 2 HUDDERSFIELD 17 1 21 1 YEOVIL 25 1 32 1
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,432 LEEDS v BRIGHTON (03/08) 6,476 YEOVIL v LEICESTER (01/10) 28,276 NOTTINGHAM FOREST v DERBY (28/09) 6,769 DONCASTER v BOURNEMOUTH (31/08) 28,070 NOTT'M FOREST v BOURNEMOUTH (19/10) 6,873 YEOVIL v BRIGHTON (19/10) 27,755 BRIGHTON v NOTTM FOREST (05/10) 7,047 YEOVIL v DERBY (24/08) 27,657 BRIGHTON v WATFORD (28/10) 7,305 YEOVIL v READING (31/08) 27,141 DERBY v BIRMINGHAM (26/10) 7,396 DONCASTER v BRIGHTON (02/11) 26,804 BRIGHTON v MILLWALL (31/08) 7,574 BOURNEMOUTH v BARNSLEY (17/09) 26,465 LEEDS v BURNLEY (21/09) 7,612 YEOVIL v NOTTM FOREST (26/10) 26,351 LEEDS v YEOVIL (02/11) 7,836 DONCASTER v BURNLEY (01/10) 26,319 BRIGHTON v BOLTON (21/09) 8,415 MILLWALL v BLACKPOOL (17/09)
The Next Fixtures Saturday 9th November BARNSLEY v DONCASTER DERBY v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY BLACKPOOL v IPSWICH HUDDERSFIELD v BIRMINGHAM BOLTON v MILLWALL LEICESTER v NOTTINGHAM FOREST BRIGHTON v BLACKBURN MIDDLESBROUGH v WATFORD BURNLEY v BOURNEMOUTH READING v QPR (12:15) CHARLTON v LEEDS Sunday 10th November YEOVIL v WIGAN
Source: Clarets Mad
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