Winners & Losers From Gameweek 10 in the Championship

05 November 2020 02:45

The Championship. It's the English second tier which, at times, puts the Premier League to shame on the drama charts.

It's easy to disregard it and simply pay no attention to it - partially because it's difficult to keep up with their absurd 46-game fixture schedule - but it's actually very good.

The Championship is a complete free-for-all with every team caught up in something; be it fighting for automatic promotion or a place in the play-offs, or suddenly trying to avoid being thrown into the relegation zone, there's never really a moment for teams to breathe and take their foot off the gas.

It's more unpredictable than Monday Night RAW in 2020, which is saying something. There's no Vince McMahon ripping up scripts in the Championship, though, or thrown together stables getting buried a week or two after arriving in the division, but there is pure football. And Neil Warnock, who would definitely hold his own in WWE.

With 10 games played, here's a look at the major winners and losers from the English second tier.

1. Winners - Watford

Fans would've lapped up a last minute winner for Watford if they could attend | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

There's nothing better than a last-minute winner, not least when it comes from a player you didn't even expect would still be at the club for the season.

Ismaila Sarr came up with the goods in injury time for the Hornets, neatly slotting home a strike from the edge of the box and earning them a big three points which keeps them in the hunt for top of the table.

Consider that he seemed destined to leave the club to stay in the top flight during the last transfer window, it made victory even sweeter for Watford.

2. Losers - Reading

Reading slumped to a disappointing defeat | Warren Little/Getty Images

Getting battered 3-0 in what should be a comfortable win is bad. Being battered at home is even worse.

Defeat for Reading means their gap at the top of the table is just three points over second-placed Swansea. They're fortunate that the Welsh side drew, or else the pressure would've really been on.

Reading have to dust themselves off quickly; there's a pack of teams directly below them waiting for another gaffe to capitalise on. Failure to recognise this will completely derail their strong start to the season.

3. Winners - Sheffield Wednesday

Barry Bannan secured three points from the spot for the Owls | David Rogers/Getty Images

Wednesday pulled off a huge 1-0 win over promotion contenders Bournemouth, making their week but breaking bets up and down the country.

Three points was the icing on the cake as they learned earlier on in the day that a 12-point deduction had been reduced to just six points. It's massive in their bid for survival and keeps them within three points of escaping the drop zone.

Just a shame they ruined absolutely everybody's midweek accumulator. Selfish, really.

4. Losers - Bournemouth

Steve Cook was sent off and gave away the penalty that won Sheffield Wednesday the game | David Rogers/Getty Images

There's no excuses, really. If Bournemouth wish to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, they need to channel their inner John Cena and show some ruthless aggression. Losing to bottom of the table is unacceptable.

It sounds a little harsh on the Cherries, who have held their own so far and were unbeaten up to now, but a win would've seen them just two points off Reading in second.

Sack the manager. Immediately. Unacceptable.

5. Winners - Preston

It's been a stop-start season so far for Preston, who find themselves lurking in the no man's land of the Championship's mid-table.

It's not a place you want to be stuck in, because you may well be fighting for survival if you're there long enough. A spanking 3-0 win away to Reading, though, is absolutely the result needed to head in the other direction.

Emil Riis Jakobsen scored a composed goal from over the top to bag his first for the club, providing further proof that Preston are basically Bayern Munich when away from home.

6. Losers - Derby

Somehow, Derby sit second bottom in the Championship after being tipped for promotion just a couple of seasons ago.

Lads, you've got Wayne Rooney. Actual Wayne Rooney. Come on.

A 1-0 home defeat to QPR means they're on just six points after 10 games and winless in seven games. Rumours of a big money takeover deal rumbles on, but results like that will scare potential buyers away if it continues.

Source: 90min