When two yellows don't make a red
When Burnley visit Sheffield Wednesday in two days time the home side will be able to include Manchester City loanee Jeremy Helan in their line up despite him receiving two yellow cards yesterday from referee Mick Russell. Two yellows for Vinnicombe
It's the big talking point from yesterday's game with Russell now facing investigation by his bosses at the PGMOL for his catastrophic blunder. The first card came in the 8th minute and their game at Huddersfield was only in the 23rd minute when Helan received his second yellow card.
The problem came because Russell, in booking him the first time, wrote down the number 7, that of Michail Antonio, rather than the number 24. Interestingly, Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones brushed it off as something and nothing but Simon Grayson felt aggrieved.
"He's made a mistake," Grayson said. "He has clearly shown Helan a yellow card and I think instead of writing his name in the book he has written Michail Antonio's. How you can do that I don't know. Everyone in the ground knew what he had done.
"It was a difficult afternoon for the referee and he made some very poor decisions. Something like that should never happen; the referee has assistants to help him."
I'm not sure what might happen now. Yellow cards can be appealed for mistaken identity but I can't imagine Wednesday will want to appeal this one and leave themselves a player short for a game.
There are precedents. The best known is when Graham Poll yellow carded Croatia's Josip Šimunić three times in a 2006 World Cup game and I certainly was at Bootham Crescent on the night when Uriah Rennie twice yellow carded Chris Vinnicombe playing for Burnley against York.
Yesterday, Wednesday won a point in a 0-0 draw. They haven't conceded a goal in any of their last four games and remain one place above the drop zone after their recent recovery.
Below them are Bristol City, Peterborough and Barnsley and yesterday's home defeat against managerless Blackburn proved the final straw for the Barnsley board who promptly sacked manager Keith Hill.
Sean O'Driscoll, sacked on Boxing Day by Nottingham Forest, and Phil Brown have been installed as joint favourites for the Barnsley job and either of them could be in charge for our cup meeting next week.
Meanwhile at Blackburn it is still quite chaotic as we await news of Derek Shaw and Paul Agnew after their meeting with Mrs Desai in Pune. We do know Judan Ali has been at Brockhall but, according to the ever reliable word of Shebby Singh, he was not coaching and will not be joining the club.
We're still above them going into 2013, just, and the four North West clubs in the Championship are now in consecutive positions, 12th to 15th with only one point between us. I think it would take a major effort for any of us to make that top six and I don't see any of us dropping close to the drop zone either, unless Shebby can come up with another Henning Berg.
Well done to Cardiff. They lead the Championship at the start of the year. The last time the team leading the league going into the New Year didn't go up automatically was eight years ago. Then it was Ipswich who ended the season in third place with 85 points and lost their play off semi-final.
I wouldn't bet against there being two Welsh clubs in the Premier League next season.The Results Saturday 29th December Barnsley 1 Blackburn Rovers 3 Charlton Athletic 1 Derby County 1 Bolton Wanderers 3 Birmingham City 1 Huddersfield Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Watford 3 Hull City 2 Leeds United 0 Bristol City 4 Peterborough United 2 Middlesbrough 4 Blackpool 2 Burnley 0 Leicester City 1 Nottingham Forest 2 Crystal Palace 2 Cardiff City 1 Millwall 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Ipswich Town 2
The Stats Biggest Win Seven teams won by a two goal margin Total Goals Scored 36 (19 home - 17 away) Player Scoring Most Goals2 Sam Baldock (Bristol City)Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace)Matej Vydra (Watford) Highest Attendance 28,595 - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Ipswich Town Lowest Attendance 9,153 - Barnsley v Blackburn Rovers Total Yellow Cards 45 Total Red Cards 3 Most Cards in a Game Charlton Athletic v Derby County (5Y 1R) Ref: Carl BoyesonHuddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday (6Y) Ref: Mick Russell
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 22 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 20 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 3 penalties 14 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penaltiesJordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 1 penalty, 2 with Huddersfield Town 13 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penalties 12 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penaltiesDavid Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penaltyMatej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 11 Chris Wood (Millwall) 10 DJ Campbell (Ipswich Town)Troy Deeney (Watford)Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties 9 Sam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 4 penaltiesScott McDonald (Middlesbrough)Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 2 penalties 8 Sone Aluko (Hull City)Craig Davies (Barnsley) - includes 1 penaltySteven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penaltiesSylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penaltiesTheo Robinson (Derby County)
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
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 33 1 36 2 Huddersfield Town 45 4 46 4 Birmingham City 34 3 36 3 Hull City 29 1 29 2 Blackburn Rovers 29 0 29 0 Ipswich Town 32 0 32 0 Blackpool 35 0 35 0 Leeds United 44 2 49 2 Bolton Wanderers 46 1 48 1 Leicester City 29 1 29 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 1 31 1 Middlesbrough 31 0 36 0 Bristol City 32 0 34 0 Millwall 46 2 48 2 Burnley 47 1 53 1 Nottingham Forest 43 4 43 4 Cardiff City 45 2 47 2 Peterborough United 39 1 40 1 Charlton Athletic 38 1 38 1 Sheffield Wednesday 46 1 49 1 Crystal Palace 36 2 40 2 Watford 44 4 45 4 Derby County 30 1 31 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 1 24 1
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09) 28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12) 28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 26,727 Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford (29/12) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12) 26,684 Brighton & HA v Nottingham Forest (15/12) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12) 26,670 Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (26/12) 8,088 Barnsley v Bristol City (01/09) 26,598 Sheffield Wed v Bolton Wanderers (22/09) 8,195 Barnsley v Crystal Palace (23/10) 26,594 Brighton & HA v Sheffield Weds (14/09) 8,227 Barnsley v Cardiff City (24/11)
The Next Fixtures Tuesday 1st January Birmingham City v Cardiff City Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest Leicester City v Huddersfield Town Blackpool v Hull City Millwall v Bristol City Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers Peterborough United v Barnsley Derby v Middlesbrough Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley Ipswich Town v Brighton & Hove Albion Watford v Charlton Athletic (13:00)
Source: Clarets Mad
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