In the Championship ? As you were

Last updated : 15 September 2005 By Tony Scholes
Phil Jagielka - scored the winner for Sheffield United in between all the bookings
There weren’t too many goals either, just 23 scored in the full fixture list but the worrying trend of yellow cards continues with another 44 to add to the 48 at weekend although there was only one further red card, that of QPR’s Tom Doherty.

Referee Lee Probert was again a busy man and followed on from his six yellow cards on Saturday by booking nine players as leaders Sheffield United beat Brighton 1-0 at the Withdean with a goal from Phil Jagielka.

Brighton boss Mark McGhee chose to keep a diplomatic silence on the referee’s performance whilst Neil Warnock, never lost for a word or two, admitted to being baffled. For those Burnley fans who witnessed Probert at Plymouth last season this will have come as no surprise.

The win keeps the Blades four points clear although Reading and Watford kept within that distance with both recording good wins. Reading, having gone a goal up with Kevin Doyle’s third goal in three games, had to come back from 2-1 down to beat Palace.

They did it despite both Leroy Lita and Glen Little missing a twice taken spot kick but Lita’s goal was something special, a spectacular overhead kick. Our friend Ibrahima Sonko grabbed the late winner for Reading.

Watford and Norwich were expected to be at opposite ends of the table and so they are but as Nigel Worthington now finds himself under pressure it is all plain sailing for Watford boss Boothroyd right now.

They beat Norwich 2-1 to remain in third place. They were two up before the half hour through Marlon King and Ashley Young whilst Norwich could only reply once through loan man Kevin Lisbie.

It leaves the Norfolk club in the bottom three, just above Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth and Millwall who all picked up points. Plymouth, at home for the first time under former Notts County boss Jocky Scott, were held to a 1-1 draw by Crewe.

Eddie Johnson gave the Cheshire club an early lead but former Blackpool striker Scott Taylor equalised within four minutes and that’s how it finished.

Chris Eagles - scored the only goal of the game at Hillsborough
Millwall were the surprise winners, beating Wolves 2-1 at Molineux. This was Wolves first home defeat since early December of last year, the week before Glenn Hoddle arrived as manager. That defeat last December was ironically against Millwall. Last night it took a stoppage time goal to win it for the Lions and this after they had trailed 1-0 earlier in the game.

Sheffield Wednesday won their game 1-0 against Leeds in front of the biggest crowd so far this season in the Championship. It took something of a freak goal to win it with Chris Eagles’ free kick into the box going straight in past Neil Sullivan.

The Owls certainly have a big advantage over other clubs in the division, their average attendance is bigger than any other club’s highest attendance for any game.

After a great start to the season Luton are suddenly finding points that little bit more difficult to find. They have now gone three games without a win and suffered a 1-0 defeat at QPR with former Watford player Lee Cook scoring the only goal of the game. Luton pushed for an equaliser at the end against ten man QPR but the home side held on for a deserved lead.

QPR manager Ian Holloway has been offered a new five year deal but it contains the stipulation that he will only be paid until the end of any season should he be sacked. It sounds very much like five separate one year deals to me.

He’s not too happy with that clause nor the fact that the summer signings were not his choice. A piece of advice Ian, I’d get out of there if I were you.

Another of the promoted clubs, Hull City, are beginning to find things a little tough and they went down to a 1-0 home defeat against Stoke for whom Blackburn striker Paul Gallagher got the winner, whilst another loan striker Michael Ricketts got the only goal as Cardiff beat Leicester at Ninian Park.

Derby and Coventry shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw and in a midweek where goals were hard to come by Ipswich and Southampton broke the trend with a 2-2 draw at Portman Road.

Ipswich were twice in front with goals from Richard Naylor and Owen Garvan, the latter scoring his first ever goal, with the Saints replying through Darren Powell and Dennis Wise.

Calum Davenport - joined Norwich on loan from Spurs
Before looking forward to the weekend we can report that four of the clubs in our division have been forced into more emergency loan transfers this week. Norwich, having got over the first crisis with the signing of Kevin Lisbie have now brought in Spurs central defender Calum Davenport. He came on as a substitute in the defeat at Watford.

It is more than an emergency at Millwall, so much so that they have brought in three players this week. Jermaine Wright arrived in time to score their first goal at Wolves and also in the side were defenders Adrian Williams from Coventry and Philip Ifill from Spurs.

Senegalese midfielder Khalilou Fadiga is well known to Derby boss Phil Brown from his time at Bolton and he made the same move from the Reebok to Pride Park in time to come on as a substitute against Coventry.

Finally Neil Warnock has added to his collection of strikers. He collects them like kids used to collect Panini stickers and probably has his own album. This time it is not Gareth Taylor as was reported in some newspapers, he’s gone to Portsmouth and taken 22 year-old Cameroon striker Vincent Pericard.

That’s it for this week but we’ll be back in the Championship after the weekend fixtures which are shown below as are the average attendances so far plus each club's disciplinary record to date.

The Midweek Results

Tuesday 13th September

Brighton 0 Sheffield Utd 1

QPR 1 Luton 0

Cardiff 1 Leicester 0

Reading 3 Crystal Palace 2

Hull 0 Stoke 1

Sheffield Wed 1 Leeds 0

Ipswich 2 Southampton 2

Watford 2 Norwich 1

Plymouth 1 Crewe 1

Wolves 1 Millwall 2

Preston 0 Burnley 0

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Wednesday 14th September

Derby 1 Coventry 1

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The Midweek Stats

Biggest win

all wins were by one goal

Total goals scored

23

Player scoring most goals

no player scored more than one goal

Highest Attendance

29,986 - Sheffield Wed v Leeds

Lowest Attendance

6,553 - Brighton v Sheffield Utd

Total Yellow Cards

44

Total Red Cards

1

Most cards in a game

Brighton v Sheffield Utd (9Y)

The leading scorers (league only)

6

Steve Kabba (Sheffield Utd)
Carl Cort (Wolves)
Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace)
Marlon King (Watford)

5

Ade Akinbiyi (Burnley)
Cameron Jerome (Cardiff)
Leroy Lita (Reading)

4

Dele Adebola (Coventry)
Dean Ashton (Norwich)
Morten Bisgaard (Derby)
David Connolly (Leicester)
David Healy (Leeds)
Dave Nugent (Reading)
Ashley Young (Watford)

3

Ahmet Brkovic (Luton)
Mark de Vries (Leicester)
Kevin Doyle (Reading)
Inigo Idiakez (Derby)
Kevin Nicholls (Luton)
Mark Rivers (Crewe)
Neil Shipperley (Sheffield Utd)

Disciplinary Record (all games)

Club

Y

R

Club

Y

R

Brighton

18

0

Millwall

17

2

Burnley

14

2

Norwich

14

1

Cardiff

15

0

Plymouth

13

0

Coventry

22

2

Preston

16

0

Crewe

9

0

QPR

19

3

Crystal Palace

19

0

Reading

12

0

Derby

21

2

Sheffield Utd

10

0

Hull

8

1

Sheffield Wed

11

1

Ipswich

13

2

Southampton

15

1

Leeds

9

0

Stoke

15

3

Leicester

15

0

Watford

12

0

Luton

14

1

Wolves

13

0

Average Attendances (league only)

Avge

Club

High

Low

28,861

Sheffield Wednesday

29,986

26,688

24,913

Norwich

25,355

23,981

23,523

Southampton

25,744

20,792

23,519

Ipswich

24,292

22,551

23,487

Derby

25,292

21,840

23,350

Wolves

24,745

21,897

22,691

Coventry

23,000

22,074

21,766

Leicester

22,618

20,519

20,960

Leeds

21,229

20,440

19,933

Hull

22,201

18,648

19,385

Sheffield United

21,059

17,739

19,053

Crystal Palace

21,166

17,637

16,552

Stoke

18,744

14,249

15,662

Reading

17,562

14,027

13,970

Preston

17,139

12,461

13,763

Watford

16,802

12,152

13,438

QPR

14,632

12,131

12,720

Plymouth

14,279

10,460

11,539

Burnley

12,243

10,431

11,296

Cardiff

15,231

9,196

9,504

Luton

10,248

8,220

8,240

Millwall

8,668

8,240

7,129

Crewe

8,006

5,958

6,399

Brighton

6,676

6,132

The Weekend Fixtures

Friday 16th September

Preston v Stoke

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Saturday 17th September

Brighton v Coventry

Reading v Crewe

Cardiff v Crystal Palace

Sheffield Wed v Millwall

Hull v Luton

Watford v Sheffield Utd

Plymouth v Burnley

Wolves v Leicester

QPR v Leeds

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Sunday 18th September

Derby v Southampton

Ipswich v Norwich