Watford into automatic promotion place
The weekend games in the Championship saw Watford climb into second place of the league with a win against Derby, replacing Hull who took something of a battering at Bolton. Vicarage Road could be staging Premier League football next season
Sat in the comfortable seats at Amex on Saturday, the first Championship news coming through was that from the Reebok as Bolton staggeringly went 3-0 up against Hull with only eight minutes gone.
Hull had gone there with three successive wins behind them but they started poorly with some very bad defensive play and manager Steve Bruce said after the game: "I've had better days. That start is something you see at school. How can you explain it?"
The two former Clarets in the Bolton squad, Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears, were both left out of the side on Saturday, but both have been involved, on the wrong end, of a score like that. Both were in the Burnley side that went 3-0 down within seven minutes against Manchester City almost three years ago.
Hull's defeat was all the division's form team Watford needed. Their win against Derby was a seventh in nine games. They've been on the climb for the past two months and, despite the protestations of Ian Holloway, are beginning to look favourites for an automatic slot at the end of the season. If so, let's see how the Premier League deal with their use of players from the parent club.
At the other end of the table, Peterborough's lift off the bottom didn't last. As they were beaten they saw Bristol City go back above them after they'd beaten Barnsley 5-3 at Ashton Gate. The scoreline wasn't quite as close as it looks either; City led 5-1 with eight minutes to go. That result has potentially cost Barnsley boss Dave Flitcroft the manager of the month award.
Wolves remain in the bottom three after extending their run without a win to eleven games. Only Leicester have won less points in February and the four points won in 2013 is, alongside Middlesbrough, the worst in the league.
I do think Wolves will survive, that's provided the owner doesn't go and upset the applecart again and undermine the manager with an impromptu visit to the dressing room. They now sit four points behind Mick McCarthy's Ipswich. They were thirteen points ahead of them when their former manager moved into Portman Road.
This week sees three previously postponed games going ahead tonight, including ours against Huddersfield, and a full fixture list over the weekend.
Those fixtures are below along with the results and stats from the weekend, the leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record and the highest and lowest attendances.The Results Saturday 23rd February Blackburn Rovers 0 Leeds United 0 Huddersfield Town 0 Ipswich Town 0 Blackpool 0 Leicester City 0 Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2 Bolton Wanderers 4 Hull City 1 Peterborough United 0 Birmingham City 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Burnley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Crystal Palace 0 Bristol City 5 Barnsley 3 Watford 2 Derby County 1 Charlton Athletic 0 Nottingham Forest 2 Sunday 24th February Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Cardiff City 2
The Stats Biggest Win Bolton Wanderers 4-1 v Hull City (home) Total Goals Scored 28 (15 home - 13 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals2Fraizer Campbell Cardiff City v Wolverhampton WanderersCraig Dawson Bolton Wanderers v Hull CityJon Stead Bristol City v Barnsley Highest Attendance 25,836 - Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley Lowest Attendance 8,350 - Peterborough United v Birmingham City Total Yellow Cards 29 Total Red Cards 1 Most Cards in a Game Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley (5Y) Ref: Graham ScottSheffield Wednesday v Crystal Palace (5Y) Ref: Tony Bates
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 20 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 Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penaltiesCraig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penaltiesJamie Ward (Derby County) - includes 4 penalties 10 DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) - 10 with Ipswich TownCraig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 2 penalties, 8 with BarnsleySylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penaltiesScott McDonald (Middlesbrough)Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - 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 42 1 50 2 Huddersfield Town 59 4 68 4 Birmingham City 48 3 52 3 Hull City 40 1 43 2 Blackburn Rovers 51 0 58 0 Ipswich Town 39 0 41 0 Blackpool 40 1 42 1 Leeds United 48 2 58 2 Bolton Wanderers 64 2 68 2 Leicester City 33 1 37 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 51 2 56 2 Middlesbrough 44 1 54 1 Bristol City 43 0 46 0 Millwall 63 3 70 3 Burnley 61 2 69 3 Nottingham Forest 50 4 50 5 Cardiff City 56 2 59 2 Peterborough United 44 1 47 1 Charlton Athletic 47 2 48 3 Sheffield Wednesday 61 1 67 1 Crystal Palace 45 2 56 2 Watford 60 4 63 4 Derby County 45 2 46 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 2 46 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 Tuesday 26th February Bolton Wanderers v Peterborough United (20:00) Leicester City v Blackburn Rovers Burnley v Huddersfield Town Friday 1st March Derby County v Crystal Palace Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford Saturday 2nd March Barnsley v Bolton Wanderers Hull City v Birmingham City Blackburn Rovers v Peterborough United Ipswich Town v Leicester City Blackpool v Bristol City Leeds United v Millwall (12:30) Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town Middlesbrough v Cardiff City Charlton Athletic v Burnley Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest (17:20)
Source: Clarets Mad
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