Watford not quite over the line as Championship weekend ends
The Championship fixtures over this weekend have been spread over four days. It started with Middlesbrough's big win against Doncaster on Friday and ended. somewhat embarrassingly for the officials, with a 1-1 draw between Brighton and Watford. Martin Paterson was left out by Huddersfield
Just before reviewing the previous week's fixtures the news came through that Tony Mowbray had lost his job at Middlesbrough. It's so often the case that the next game is televised and that there is suddenly a much better result.
That was the case on Friday as two Albert Adomah goals, and he'd got two the week before in the defeat at Barnsley, set them up for an easy 4-0 win. Mark Venus is currently in caretaker charge.
He remains second favourite for the job but leading the way with the bookies right now is former Real Madrid player Aitor Karanka who was also Jose Mourinho's (that's not the ginger one) assistant at the Bernabeu, a ground potentially set to be renamed the Microsoft Bernabeu.
A great start to the post-Mowbray era at the Riverside and the weekend of fixtures ended last night at the other end of the country as Brighton and Watford fought out a 1-1 draw at the Amex.
In truth it was a game Watford should have won but a second goal at the beginning of the second half was not given despite the ball clearly going over the line.
It wasn't quite Pedro Mendes at Old Trafford but it was still definitely over the line. Brighton got away with it, went on to equalise and get a point while referee Keith Hill and his assistant were left red faced.
That left Watford in seventh place with 22 points. They are ten points behind the league leaders right now.
It is usually at this point where the top of the table is referred to, and the teams up there.
Usually that means discussing other clubs but right so right now I can confirm that Leicester are second (three points behind Burnley), QPR are third (five points behind Burnley), Blackpool are fourth (eight points behind Burnley) with Reading and Nottingham Forest taking fifth and sixth places (nine points behind Burnley).
Yes, Leicester second. They beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the King Power and Nigel Pearson was really pleased with the win, claiming that Bournemouth are a really disciplined team who can also score goals.
I think we all know they can score goals. They are the only team in the Championship to have scored in every game, but they are also a team with the capacity for conceding goals and remain the only team in the top 15 with a negative goal difference.
Looking down at the other end of the table it shows Sheffield Wednesday have now hit that bottom place. It's no surprise to be honest. When you haven't won any of your opening 12 games you can't expect to be much higher.
Like a lot of clubs they are short of money. They've had former Wolves and Hull midfielder Seyi Olofinjana training with them since the summer but were only last week able to offer him a deal. He went straight into the team at Barnsley in a game that ended 1-1.
The pair of them now occupy the bottom two places and that's due to the surprise result of the weekend; Yeovil's 3-1 home win against Nottingham Forest. Well done to the league's smallest club; this was their first ever home win at this level.
It was hardly the clash of the giants. Television pictures showed the two managers, Gary Johnson and Billy Davies, talking ahead of kick off.
Finally a mention of Huddersfield and their win against local rivals Leeds. It came despite manager Mark Robins leaving out three players for, as he put it, the good of the club. One of them was Martin Paterson who can still claim his goal for Burnley against Ipswich last season is his last league goal.
Far be it from me to comment on speculation but there does appear to have been something of a problem at the training ground involving Paterson and former Leeds midfielder Adam Clayton. Suggestions are, from various sources, that both have been told to find new clubs.
The third player left out was Anthony Gerrard. He's a bit upset about the rumours. On Saturday he tweeted: "People spread rumours and lies over why I wasn't included in the squad!" He followed that up with: "No fighting from here pal Silly rumours are spread by fools and believed by idiots, haha."
The results and stats are below along with the leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record, the highest and lowest attendances and the next fixtures which start tomorrow with QPR's trip to Wigan where the home side will go toe-to-toe with them. That augurs well.The Results Friday 25th October MIDDLESBROUGH 4 DONCASTER 0 Saturday 26th October BARNSLEY 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 HUDDERSFIELD 3 LEEDS 2 BLACKPOOL 2 BLACKBURN 2 LEICESTER 2 BOURNEMOUTH 1 BOLTON 1 IPSWICH 1 READING 1 MILLWALL 1 BURNLEY 2 QPR 0 YEOVIL 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 DERBY 1 BIRMINGHAM 1 Sunday 27th October CHARLTON 0 WIGAN 0 Monday 28th October BRIGHTON 1 WATFORD 1
The Stats Biggest Win MIDDLESBROUGH 4-0 v DONCASTER (home) Total Goals Scored 32 (21 home - 11 away) Player Scoring Most Goals 2 - ALBERT ADOMAH (MIDDLESBROUGH) v DONCASTERDANNY INGS (BURNLEY) v QPRED UPSON (YEOVIL) v NOTTINGHAM FOREST Highest Attendance 27,657 - BRIGHTON v WATFORD Lowest Attendance 7,612 - YEOVIL v NOTTINGHAM FOREST Total Yellow Cards 45 Total Red Cards 4 Most Cards in a Game READING v MILLWALL (6Y 1R) Ref: DAVID PHILLIPSYEOVIL v NOTTINGHAM FOREST (7Y) Ref: MICK RUSSELL
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 10 JORDAN RHODES (BLACKBURN) - includes 3 penalties 9 DANNY INGS (BURNLEY) - includes 1 penaltyJAMES VAUGHAN (HUDDERSFIELD) - includes 1 penalty 8 SAM VOKES (BURNLEY) - includes 1 penalty 7 LEWIS GRABBAN (BOURNEMOUTH) - includes 1 penaltyDAVID 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 penaltiesDAVID McGOLDRICK (IPSWICH) 5 HENRI LANSBURY (NOTTINGHAM FOREST) - includes 1 penaltyADAM LE FONDRE (READING) - includes 1 penaltyJESSE LINGARD (BIRMINGHAM)ROSS McCORMACK (LEEDS)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 0 17 0 BIRMINGHAM 25 0 32 0 LEEDS 16 1 19 1 BLACKBURN 25 3 27 4 LEICESTER 14 1 15 1 BLACKPOOL 24 3 25 3 MIDDLESBROUGH 15 2 15 2 BOLTON 25 1 25 1 MILLWALL 21 3 22 3 BOURNEMOUTH 22 3 24 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 33 1 39 1 BRIGHTON 25 2 26 2 QPR 18 0 19 0 BURNLEY 18 1 22 1 READING 22 1 26 1 CHARLTON 13 1 16 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 23 1 23 2 DERBY 27 2 31 2 WATFORD 27 0 32 0 DONCASTER 21 1 22 1 WIGAN 10 2 14 2 HUDDERSFIELD 16 1 20 1 YEOVIL 23 1 30 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) 7,574 BOURNEMOUTH v BARNSLEY (17/09) 26,804 BRIGHTON v MILLWALL (31/08) 7,612 YEOVIL v NOTTM FOREST (26/10) 26,465 LEEDS v BURNLEY (21/09) 7,836 DONCASTER v BURNLEY (01/10) 26,319 BRIGHTON v BOLTON (21/09) 8,415 MILLWALL v BLACKPOOL (17/09) 26,238 BRIGHTON v DERBY (10/08) 8,707 DONCASTER v BLACKBURN (16/08)
The Next Fixtures Wednesday 30th October
WIGAN v QPRFriday 1st November IPSWICH v BARNSLEY Saturday 2nd November BIRMINGHAM v CHARLTON NOTTINGHAM FOREST v BLACKPOOL BLACKBURN v MIDDLESBROUGH QPR v MIDDLESBROUGH BOURNEMOUTH v BOLTON SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v READING DONCASTER v BRIGHTON WATFORD v LEICESTER (12:15) LEEDS v YEOVIL WIGAN v HUDDERSFIELD MILLWALL v BURNLEY
Source: Clarets Mad
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