Swap round at the bottom

04 October 2010 10:40
There was no change to the three clubs in the bottom three after Saturday's Championship games, but Leicester's win took them above Crystal Palace and Bristol City with Bristol City now becoming the sixth club to occupy bottom place this season. Leicester beat Scunthorpe to take themselves off the bottom, watched by the latest in a long line of managers that Milan Mandaric has employed in English football. Sven Goran Eriksson was there to watch before being confirmed as the new boss yesterday.That left Bristol City down at the bottom. They suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Norwich who managed to find the net, including a penalty, something we just couldn't do a week earlier. Brizzle look to have a long hard winter in front of them.Nothing much changed at the top and they do say all the luck goes with the top teams. QPR apparently were fortunate to be in front at Crystal Palace; that was until the home side equalised on 89 minutes. But when you are top things go for you and in stoppage time Julian Speroni, who had again been in inspired form, made his one mistake to allow Heidar Helguson to win it for the league leaders.Right behind them are Cardiff and they won at Barnsley in a game that saw two former Clarets at odds over a penalty decision. Stephen Foster thought Pete Whittingham had held him, forcing him to handle the ball. Whittingham and Cardiff came out on top, sort of, they got a penalty but saw it saved.Cardiff haven't a bad record at Oakwell apparently, despite losing there last season. Perhaps they'd give us some tips for Christmas.The goal of the day was probably Jem Karacan's equaliser for Reading at Preston. The home side had gone in front, and this despite Jon Parkin turning slower than a double decker bus, but Karacan ensured the visitors got a point with a superb volley.Burnley's draw at Millwall has seen us drop to sixth with Ipswich having replaced Reading in the play off positions.It's time for the second break of the season now and the next fixtures in two weeks time are below this weekend's stats, the leading goalscorers and each club's disciplinary record.The Weekend ResultsSaturday 2nd OctoberBarnsley 1 Cardiff 2Leicester 3 Scunthorpe 1Bristol City 0 Norwich 3Middlesbrough 2 Portsmouth 2Crystal Palace 1 QPR 2Millwall 1 Burnley 1Doncaster 1 Nottingham Forest 1Preston 1 Reading 1Hull 0 Coventry 0Sheffield United 0 Watford 1Ipswich 2 Leeds 1Swansea 0 Derby 0The Weekend StatsBiggest winNorwich 3-0 v Bristol City (away)Total goals scored27 (12 home - 15 away)Player scoring most goals2 - Simeon Jackson (Norwich)Highest Attendance23,105 - Ipswich v LeedsLowest Attendance10,269 - Preston v ReadingTotal Yellow Cards41Total Red Cards5Most cards in a gameBarnsley v Cardiff (6Y 1R) - Trevor KettleThe leading scorers (league only)8Jamie Mackie (QPR)7Chris Iwelumo (Burnley)6Danny Graham (Watford)5Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff)Kris Commons (Derby) - includes 1 penaltyHeidar Helguson (QPR) - includes 3 penaltiesJon Parkin (Preston)Davide Somma (Leeds)Marvin Sordell (Watford)4Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) - includes 1 penaltyJames Coppinger (Doncaster)Stephen Dobbie (Swansea)Adam Hammill (Barnsley)Jimmy Kebe (Reading)Andy King (Leicester)Lewis McGugan (Nottingham Forest) - includes 1 penaltySteve Morison (Millwall) - includes 1 penaltyScott Sinclair (Swansea)Adel Taarabt (QPR) - includes 3 penaltiesHat Tricks (league only)11th Sep3 - Chris Iwelumo - BURNLEY v Preston14th Sep3 - James Coppinger - DONCASTER v Norwich14th Sep3 - James Vaughan - CRYSTAL PALACE v Portsmouth28th Sep3 - Jon Parkin - Leeds v PRESTONDisciplinary Record (all domestic games)ClubYRClubYRBarnsley180Middlesbrough191Bristol City131Millwall182Burnley243Norwich130Cardiff111Nottingham Forest170Coventry191Portsmouth151Crystal Palace203Preston262Derby160QPR130Doncaster131Reading203Hull180Scunthorpe101Ipswich182Sheffield United152Leeds202Swansea221Leicester142Watford130The Next FixturesSaturday 16th OctoberBarnsley v Nottingham ForestMiddlesbrough v Hull (17:20)Cardiff v Bristol City (12:00)Portsmouth v WatfordCrystal Palace v MillwallQPR v NorwichDerby v PrestonReading v SwanseaIpswich v CoventryScunthorpe v Doncaster (12:00)Leicester v HullSheffield United v Burnley