Six teams remain unbeaten

22 August 2010 03:28
After the first three games of the season there are still six teams unbeaten in the Championship. QPR are top with maximum points but Cardiff, Burnley, Coventry, Ipswich and Watford have all still got zero in the defeats column. QPR, under Neil Warnock, are still to concede a goal, let alone drop a points. 4-0 and 3-0 wins have now been followed by a 2-0 success over Scunthorpe with our former loan player Bradley Orr scoring the first goal.There were first wins of the season for Preston and Middlesbrough. Paul Hayes, the former Scunthorpe and Barnsley striker, scored Preston's goal in their 1-0 win over Portsmouth who this week again managed to raise four substitutes.Only 9,666 saw that game, the lowest in the division this weekend. It would have been something of a shock for Steve Cotterill, the Pompey boss, to see so few inside Deepdale. During his time as Burnley manager he never witnessed a crowd of under 17,000 there.That win was enough to see Preston climb clear of the bottom of the league and their place at the foot of the table has been taken by Sheffield United, today under the charges of Gary Speed for the first time at Middlesbrough. The home side's win, like Preston's, was also 1-0 in what could only be described as a very uninspiring game in front of a lot of empty seats at the Riverside. Kris Boyd got his first Middlesbrough goal in this game.Goal of the day? That had to be Robert Earnshaw's equaliser for Nottingham Forest at Reading, and it was all down to goalkeeper Adam Federici. He had the ball in his hands and kicked upfield, or that was the plan. Instead he managed to kick it straight into the back of team mate Jem Karacan.The ball dropped nicely for Earnshaw who won't score an easier goal all season. It wasn't a problem for Reading though, Federici apologised to everyone after the game.The weekend stats are shown below along with the league's leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record and next weekend's fixtures.Saturday 21st AugustBristol City 3 Barnsley 3Leeds 3 Millwall 1Burnley 3 Leicester 0Norwich 2 Swansea 0Cardiff 4 Doncaster 0Preston 1 Portsmouth 0Coventry 2 Derby 1QPR 2 Scunthorpe 0Crystal Palace 1 Ipswich 2Reading 1 Nottingham Forest 1Hull 0 Watford 0.Sunday 22nd AugustMiddlesbrough 1 Sheffield United 0.The Week's StatsBiggest winCardiff 4-0 v Doncaster (home)Total goals scored31 (23 home - 8 away)Player scoring most goals2Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff)Andy Gray (Barnsley)Davide Somma (Leeds)Highest Attendance25,067 - Leeds v MillwallLowest Attendance9,666 - Preston v PortsmouthTotal Yellow Cards31Total Red Cards2Most cards in a gameCrystal Palace v Ipswich (4Y 2R) - Jon MossThe leading scorers (league only)3Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff)2Chris Burke (Cardiff)Freddy Eastwood Coventry)John Eustace (Watford)Danny Graham (Watford)Andy Gray (Barnsley)Heider Helguson (QPR)Chris Iwelumo (Burnley)Jamie Mackie (QPR)Steve Morison (Millwall)Lloyd Sam (Leeds)Davide Somma (Leeds)Adel Taarabt (QPR)Disciplinary Record (all domestic games)ClubYRClubYRBarnsley70Middlesbrough60Bristol City61Millwall21Burnley61Norwich30Cardiff20Nottingham Forest70Coventry60Portsmouth30Crystal Palace51Preston90Derby70QPR70Doncaster51Reading30Hull40Scunthorpe51Ipswich51Sheffield United51Leeds50Swansea40Leicester20Watford30The Next FixturesSaturday 28th AugustBarnsley v MiddlesbroughNottingham Forest v NorwichDerby v QPRPortsmouth v CardiffDoncaster v HullScunthorpe v Crystal PalaceIpswich v Bristol CitySheffield United v PrestonLeicester v ReadingSwansea v BurnleyMillwall v CoventryWatford v Leeds