Billy's Forest leading the way

Last updated : 19 August 2013 By Tony Scholes
Lee Grant own goal gave Leicester a win at Derby

It's a good start for the East Midlands side who are still to concede a goal. Having beaten Huddersfield and Blackburn, both by 1-0 scorelines, they found the net three times on Saturday as they inflicted a second successive defeat on Bolton who were one of the pre-season favourites.

There are so many ex-Clarets involved in the Championship this season, and former managers of course, that I do tend to look and see how some of them are fairing with their new clubs.

In terms of the players; neither Charlie Austin nor Martin Paterson have scored for their new clubs yet. Charlie played the full ninety minutes for QPR who just about managed to win against Ipswich with a late goal from Tom Hitchcock and Huddersfield were also 1-0 winners, their victory coming at Millwall, but the scorer was James Vaughan.

No goals for Austin or Paterson yet, although I suspect we won't have to wait too much longer, but one ex-Claret did find the net on Saturday, providing Leicester with a 1-0 win at Derby. When I was told the only goal was scored by an ex-Claret I wrongly assumed David Nugent had got his first of the season but it was not the case, it was Lee Grant.

It was a bit unfortunate. A Derby defender cleared off the line but hit the ball straight at his goalkeeper from whom it bounced into the empty net. I'm not sure whether Grant has scored an own goal before in his career but he certainly didn't manage that in three years at Burnley.

Referring back to Huddersfield's win; Paterson played the first 56 minutes before being replaced by Sean Scannell and three minutes later Lee Martin came on for Richard Chaplow in the Millwall team.

It's not been a good start for Chappy and Millwall. They are the only team without a point. There are four teams with just one point. They are Barnsley, Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and do I need to confirm the fourth?

Blackburn ensured they would still be on one point on Friday night when they went down to a 2-0 defeat at Doncaster.

This moved Blackburn to Friday night

How many of you know why it was played on the Friday? I'd no idea at all; it certainly wasn't being televised. I was told it was because of racing at Doncaster but that was ruled out with none on. The answer was that the European Jet Ski Championship were being held in Doncaster over the weekend and that forced the moving of the game.

Back to those who have worn claret and blue. Wade Elliott played the full game for Birmingham in their home defeat against Brighton but Chris McCann didn't get a kick for Wigan; he was an unused substitute in their defeat at Bournemouth.

Now this was the game. To most people it was Bournemouth v Wigan but to us it was Howe v Coyle. I was asked before kick off on Saturday what result I'd like and, it surely goes without saying, I would always prefer a Howe win to a Coyle win.

They got it but the fun was created with Callum McManaman's red card for a foul on Brett Pitman just three minutes and one second after coming on as a substitute. Not quite Ade Akinbiyi but not too far out.

Howe said after the game, in his quiet considered way, that it was high and he thought it was a red. Coyle, however, went into a rant, accusing Bournemouth players of getting his player sent off for what was a clean tackle that saw McManaman play the ball.

"Some of the refereeing decisions were beyond belief and didn't help our cause," Coyle said after the game. He threatened they would appeal against the red card decision from Graham Scott but as yet nothing has been confirmed.

The results and stats from the weekend are below along with the leading goalscorers, each club's red and yellow card count, the highest and lowest attendances so far and this week's fixtures which includes Doncaster's game at Wigan which was postponed last weekend because of the Community Shield.

The Results
Friday 16th August
DONCASTER 2 BLACKBURN 0  
Saturday 17th August
BARNSLEY 2 CHARLTON 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 1 BLACKPOOL 1
BIRMINGHAM 0 BRIGHTON 1 MILLWALL 0 HUDDERSFIELD 1
BOURNEMOUTH 1 WIGAN 0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 3 BOLTON 0
BURNLEY 2 YEOVIL 0 QPR 1 IPSWICH 0
DERBY 0 LEICESTER 1 READING 3 WATFORD 3
LEEDS 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1  

 

The Stats
Biggest Win NOTTINGHAM FOREST 3-0 v BOLTON (home)
Total Goals Scored 26 (16 home - 10 away)

Player Scoring Most Goals
2

JEM KARACAN (READING) v WATFORD
CHRIS O'GRADY (BARNSLEY) v CHARLTON
Highest Attendance 23,766 - LEEDS v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Lowest Attendance 8,707 - DONCASTER v BLACKBURN
Total Yellow Cards 40
Total Red Cards 2
Most Cards in a Game BOURNEMOUTH v WIGAN (6Y 1R) Ref: GRAHAM SCOTT

 

Leading Goalscorers (League Only)
5 TROY DEENEY (WATFORD) - includes 2 penalties
4 LEWIS GRABBAN (BOURNEMOUTH)
2 GABRIELE ANGELLA (WATFORD)
DANNY INGS (BURNLEY)
JEM KARACAN (READING)
HENRI LANSBURY (NOTTINGHAM FOREST)
ADAM LE FONDRO (READING)
CHRIS MARTIN (DERBY)
ROSS McCORMACK (LEEDS)
CHRIS O'GRADY (BARNSLEY)
DARREN PRATLEY (BOLTON)
JOSE ULLOA (BRIGHTON ALBION)
JAMES VAUGHAN (HUDDERSFIELD)
SAM VOKES (BURNLEY)

 

Hat Tricks
 Date Player & Game
10/08/13 3: TROY DEENEY - WATFORD v BOURNEMOUTH (home)

 

Disciplinary Record (League and Cup)
Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R
  League   Total   League  Total 
BARNSLEY 2 1 2 1 IPSWICH 4 0 5 0
BIRMINGHAM 10 0 13 0 LEEDS 4 0 5 0
BLACKBURN 6 0 8 1 LEICESTER 5 0 5 0
BLACKPOOL 5 0 6 0 MIDDLESBROUGH 3 0 3 0
BOLTON 7 1 7 1 MILLWALL 4 0 4 0
BOURNEMOUTH 6 0 8 0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 4 0 4 0
BRIGHTON 6 0 7 1 QPR 2 0 2 0
BURNLEY 6 0 7 0 READING 5 0 5 0
CHARLTON 2 1 4 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 7 0 0 1
DERBY 7 0 9 0 WATFORD 5 0 7 0
DONCASTER 3 0 3 0 WIGAN 3 1 5 1
HUDDERSFIELD 4 0 5 0 YEOVIL 6 0 10 0

 

Highest and Lowest Attendances
Highest Lowest
Att Fixture Att Fixture
33,432 LEEDS v BRIGHTON (03/08) 8,707 DONCASTER v BLACKBURN (16/08)
26,238 BRIGHTON v DERBY (10/08) 8,717 YEOVIL v BIRMINGHAM (10/08)
25,535 NOTTM FOREST v HUDDERSFIELD (03/08) 9,002 DONCASTER v BLACKPOOL (03/08)
23,766 LEEDS v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (17/08) 9,097 BOURNEMOUTH v WIGAN (17/08)
23,437 DERBY v LEICESTER (17/08) 9,503 MILLWALL v HUDDERSFIELD (17/08)
22,725 LEICESTER v LEEDS (11/08) 9,554 BARNSLEY v CHARLTON (17/08)
22,306 NOTTINGHAM FOREST v BOLTON (17/08) 10,085 BURNLEY v YEOVIL (17/08)
22,282 SHEFFIELD WEDS v BURNLEY (10/08) 10,108 BOURNEMOUTH v CHARLTON (03/08)
21,188 DERBY v BLACKBURN (04/08) 12,404 MILLWALL v YEOVIL (03/18)
20,875 READING v WATFORD (17/08) 12,919 BURNLEY v BOLTON (03/08)

 

The Next Fixtures
Tuesday 20th August
WIGAN v DONCASTER  
Saturday 24th August
BLACKBURN v BARNSLEY HUDDERSFIELD v BOURNEMOUTH
BLACKPOOL v READING IPSWICH v LEEDS
BOLTON v QPR (12:15) LEICESTER v BIRMINGHAM
BRIGHTON v BURNLEY SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v MILLWALL
CHARLTON v DONCASTER YEOVIL v DERBY
Sunday 25th August
WATFORD v NOTTINGHAM FOREST (13:15) WIGAN v MIDDLESBROUGH