Top club loses at home and bottom club wins big away
It was a topsy turvy week in the Championship with top of the league Cardiff going down at home to Brighton, bottom club Peterborough winning 5-1 at Millwall and Little Billy returning with a big win for Nottingham Forest. McCarthy, not a hoot about Watford
Forest were a goal behind after just ten minutes when Huddersfield visited the City Ground but by half time they'd turned that round and led 4-1 with Radoslaw Majewski getting a hat trick, his first goals of the season.
It ended in a 6-1 win for a Forest side who have now gone up to eighth in the table and that was the biggest win played in front of the biggest crowd in the midweek games.
The smallest crowd witnessed another comprehensive win and this was surely the result of the week as Peterborough, kicking off at the bottom of the league, hammered Millwall 5-1 at the Den. That's two successive wins for Posh following their win against Leicester on Saturday which has lifted them back off bottom place with Bristol City being dumped there.
Millwall were seventh when we went there in January. Our win there took us above them in the table and it has certainly had a detrimental effect on them. That was the first game in a run that has now seen them lose five successive games.
Wolves have joined Peterborough and Wolves in the bottom three. It was in the late 1980s that Wolves last played outside the top two divisions but they are being seriously threatened with a return.
They won 2-1 at Blackpool in front of the Sky cameras on the Friday night before Christmas. They have not won since and have collected just four points from ten games. The run has helped bring the departure of manager Ståle Solbakken after he admitted the club was in crisis.
They were 13th after the win at Blackpool. They were 18th by the time Solbakken was replaced by Doncaster manager Dean Saunders, but the Welshman has yet to engineer a win in seven games and they are now seriously threatened with a second successive relegation.
At the other end of the table there was a shock for leaders Cardiff who suffered their second home defeat of the season with Brighton winning the game 2-0.
It's probably just a hiccup for the club who seem to throw away promotion chances year on year. They are still five points clear of Hull who beat Blackburn, and eight points clear of third place Watford who have been somewhat upset with the criticism aimed at them for fielding so many loan players.
Manager Gianfranco Zola said: "I think it's very unfair. We're not doing anything wrong, we haven't breached any rules."
Football League rules only permit five loan players in a match day squad and clubs can take only two players on a standard loan from one club, as we did last season with Ben Mee and Kieran Trippier from Manchester City.
However, loan deals arranged with clubs from outside England are recognised as full transfers and that means there are no limits to how many can be brought in.
It appears the Holloway rant has caused some alarm bells to ring. On Tuesday Watford won at Ipswich but their boss Mick McCarthy had a different take on it.
"I don't give a hoot what they're doing personally," he said. "If it's within the rules, it's within the rules. Let them get on with it. We've have played against a better team than us who have played within the rules of the game. You won't get me moaning about it."
Time will tell how long it remains within the rules.
The midweek results and stats from the midweek games are below along with the leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record, the highest and lowest attendances and the weekend fixtures.The Results Tuesday 19th February Barnsley 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Hull City 2 Blackburn Rovers 0 Birmingham City 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Ipswich Town 0 Watford 2 Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 0 Leicester City 1 Charlton Athletic 2 Cardiff City 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Millwall 1 Peterborough United 5 Crystal Palace 2 Bristol City 1 Nottingham Forest 6 Huddersfield Town 1 Derby County 1 Bolton Wanderers 1 Wednesday 20th February Leeds United 2 Blackpool 0
The Stats Biggest Win Nottingham Forest 6-1 v Huddersfield Town (home) Total Goals Scored 32 (17 home - 15 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals3 - Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) v Huddersfield Town Highest Attendance 26,938 - Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town Lowest Attendance 8,769 - Millwall v Peterborough United Total Yellow Cards 35 Total Red Cards 1 Most Cards in a Game Ipswich Town v Watford (6Y) Ref: Roger East
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 27 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 21 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 3 penaltiesJordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 2 penalties, 2 with Huddersfield Town 19 Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 17 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penaltiesChris Wood (Leicester City) - 11 with Millwall 15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties 14 Troy Deeney (Watford) - includes 2 penaltiesDavid Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty 13 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties 11 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties 10 DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) - 10 with Ipswich TownCraig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 2 penalties, 8 with BarnsleySteven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penaltiesSylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penaltiesScott McDonald (Middlesbrough)Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 3 penaltiesJamie Ward (Derby County) - includes 3 penalties 9 Almen Abdi (Watford) - included 2 penaltiesSam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 4 penalties
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 01/09/12 3: Pete Whittingham - CARDIFF CITY v Wolverhampton Wanderers 15/09/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Peterborough United 22/09/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Cardiff City 22/09/12 4: Craig Davies - Birmingham City v BARNSLEY 23/09/12 3: David Nugent - LEICESTER CITY v Hull City 29/09/12 3: Emile Sinclair - Hull City v PETERBOROUGH UNITED 02/10/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Sheffield Wednesday 23/10/12 3: Marlon King - Millwall v BIRMINGHAM CITY 06/11/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Ipswich Town 17/11/12 3: Jordan Rhodes - Peterborough United v BLACKBURN ROVERS 12/01/13 3: Chris Wood - Bristol City v LEICESTER CITY 19/02/13 3: Radoslaw Majewski - NOTTINGHAM FOREST v Huddersfield Town
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 41 1 49 2 Huddersfield Town 58 4 67 4 Birmingham City 47 3 51 3 Hull City 39 1 42 2 Blackburn Rovers 50 0 57 0 Ipswich Town 39 0 41 0 Blackpool 38 1 40 1 Leeds United 48 2 58 2 Bolton Wanderers 62 2 66 2 Leicester City 32 1 36 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 49 2 54 2 Middlesbrough 44 1 54 1 Bristol City 43 0 46 0 Millwall 60 3 67 3 Burnley 58 2 66 3 Nottingham Forest 49 4 49 5 Cardiff City 55 2 58 2 Peterborough United 43 1 46 1 Charlton Athletic 47 1 48 2 Sheffield Wednesday 58 1 64 1 Crystal Palace 43 2 54 2 Watford 60 4 63 4 Derby County 43 2 44 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 41 2 45 2
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,010 Derby County v Nottingham Forest (19/01) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09) 28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12) 28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11) 28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,214 Peterborough United v Hull City (19/01) 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 26,938 Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town (19/02) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12) 26,727 Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford (29/12) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12) 26,684 Brighton & HA v Nottingham Forest (15/12) 6,648 Peterborough Utd v Burnley (02/02) 26,670 Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (26/12) 7,339 Peterborough Utd v Barnsley (01/01)
The Next Fixtures Saturday 23rd February Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United Huddersfield Town v Ipswich Town Blackpool v Leicester City Middlesbrough v Millwall (17:20) Bolton Wanderers v Hull City Peterborough United v Birmingham City Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley Sheffield Wednesday v Crystal Palace Bristol City v Barnsley Watford v Derby County Charlton Athletic v Nottingham Forest Sunday 24th February Wolverhampton Wanderers v Cardiff City
Source: Clarets Mad
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