In the Championship ? Away Days

Last updated : 03 October 2005 By Tony Scholes
Paul Ifill - scored for Sheffield United
It was a remarkable week for the away teams with five of them winning and six drawing whilst not one of the teams now in the bottom eleven did better than getting a point.

Neil Warnock’s team march on and they are already nine points clear of third place and they even survived conceding a good goal to their former player Mr Karren Brady. The Blades only used four strikers on Saturday, the other fifteen or so must have been having a rest, but none of them scored, it was David Unsworth and Paul Ifill who put them 2-0 up before Derby pulled that goal back.

Reading are keeping up their pursuit of them and another win, this time 1-0 at Norwich, keeps them well clear in second place. The goal came from James Harper and left the team I tipped to win the league floundering near the bottom.

Norwich did get a lifeline with a penalty decision that initially went against them. Calum Davenport went down in the box and was promptly yellow carded by referee Trevor Kettle for diving. At the same time the assistant was flagging for a penalty. The two spoke, Kettle withdrew the card and pointed to the spot. It didn’t help Norwich, Dean Ashton missed.

Liverpool’s John Welsh was at the centre of Coventry’s first ever defeat at the Ricoh Stadium. The capacity was increased on Saturday but they didn’t need the extra seats as they recorded their lowest crowd to date. Welsh, on loan to Hull, got both goals as they won 2-0.

There were two goals too for former Swindon striker Sam Parkin. He’d netted just two goals in eight games previously for Ipswich but got both as they recorded a surprise win at Elland Road. It’s just our luck if he’s got himself back into form this week.

Leeds couldn’t find a way through and made changes late in the game, bringing on the familiar pair of Ian Moore and Robbie Blake. They still didn’t find a way through and it ended 2-0 to Ipswich.

Sheffield Wednesday are thankfully still bottom but for a few hours over the weekend they moved up a place courtesy of a 2-2 draw in an entertaining game at Luton on Friday night. They fell behind early in the game to a Steve Howard goal, but came back to lead 2-1 before Howard completed the scoring.

Danny Dichio - the first of two Preston players sent off
There was fun at Selhurst Park and decisions went against Preston and Billy Davies so needless to say they are whinging about it. Preston went a goal up through Chris Lucketti just before half time and things were going well until referee Steve Tanner decided to take some serious action and sent off Danny Dichio and Claude Davis in separate incidents.

I’m not sure what the Weary Whinger would have made of it all but it cost Preston and just as it looked as though the nine men would survive to win it 1-0 they conceded a late goal to Clinton Morrison and had to settle for a point to go along with the two suspensions.

There was fun at Leicester too as QPR won 2-1. Two more were sent off, this time one from each side. Leicester’s Alan Maybury went after just twenty minutes with QPR already in front. They did equalise in the second half but Paul Furlong took centre stage at the end. He got QPR’s winner with four minutes to go and then got himself sent off in stoppage time.

The last of the goals this week came at the Windy City where Wolves beat Stoke 3-1 to climb into fifth place. They scored twice, either side of half time, through Carl Cort and Kenny Miller, and Lee Naylor wrapped it up with a strike from distance on his 300th appearance for the Molineux club.

Stoke pulled one back in the very last minute through Lewis Buxton but it was too late as Wolves leapfrogged over them in the table.

That leaves us with three goalless draws, at Crewe (against Watford), Southampton (versus Plymouth) and at Millwall who drew with Cardiff and also had Jody Morris sent off for two yellow cards.

Only Watford have had any emergencies this week and they were forced into signing two strikers on loan. Trevor Benjamin (who played at Crewe) signed from Peterborough whilst on the subs bench was young Aston Villa and England Under-20 forward Gabriel Agbonlahor.

We’ve a full fixture list in midweek and over the weekend before the second international weekend of the season brings a break. The fixtures are below along with information from this week.

The Weekend Results

Friday 23rd September

Luton 2 Sheffield Wed 2

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Saturday 24th September

Burnley 1 Brighton 1

Millwall 0 Cardiff 0

Crystal Palace 1 Preston 1

Norwich 0 Reading 1

Coventry 0 v Hull 2

Sheffield Utd 2 Derby 1

Crewe 0 Watford 0

Southampton 0 Plymouth 0

Leeds 0 Ipswich 2

Stoke 1 Wolves 3

Leicester 1 QPR 2

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The Weekend Stats

Biggest win

Wolves 3-1 v Stoke (away)
Hull 2-0 v Coventry (away)
Ipswich 2-0 v Leeds (away)

Total goals scored

23

Player scoring most goals
2

Steve Howard (Luton)
Sam Parkin (Ipswich)
John Welsh (Hull)

Highest Attendance

26,331 - Southampton v Plymouth

Lowest Attendance

6,258 - Crewe v Watford

Total Yellow Cards

31

Total Red Cards

6

Most cards in a game

Leicester v QPR (7Y 2R)

The leading scorers (league only)

7

Carl Cort (Wolves)

6

Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace)
Steve Kabba (Sheffield Utd)
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)
Darius Henderson (Watford)
Steve Howard (Luton)
Inigo Idiakez (Derby)
Dave Nugent (Preston)
Sam Parkin (Ipswich)
Ashley Young (Watford)

3

Ahmet Brkovic (Luton)
Mark de Vries (Leicester)
Kevin Doyle (Reading)
Mickey Evans (Plymouth)
Rob Hulse (Leeds)
Paul Ifill (Sheffield Utd)
Leon Knight (Brighton)
Clinton Morrison (Crystal Palace)
Kevin Nicholls (Luton)
Garreth O'Connor (Burnley)
Mark Rivers (Crewe)
Neil Shipperley (Sheffield Utd)

Disciplinary Record (all games)

Club

Y

R

Club

Y

R

Brighton

18

0

Millwall

20

3

Burnley

17

2

Norwich

18

1

Cardiff

19

0

Plymouth

21

0

Coventry

23

2

Preston

22

2

Crewe

9

0

QPR

25

4

Crystal Palace

23

0

Reading

14

0

Derby

25

2

Sheffield Utd

13

0

Hull

11

2

Sheffield Wed

12

1

Ipswich

15

3

Southampton

23

2

Leeds

13

1

Stoke

16

3

Leicester

21

1

Watford

17

1

Luton

14

1

Wolves

14

0

The Week's Fixtures

Tuesday 27th September

Burnley v Ipswich

Millwall v QPR

Crystal Palace v Sheffield Wed

Norwich v Hull

Crewe v Wolves

Sheffield Utd v Plymouth

Leicester v Brighton

Stoke v Cardiff

Luton v Preston

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Wednesday 28th September

Coventry v Watford

Southampton v Reading

Leeds v Derby

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Friday 30th September

Hull v Millwall

Wolves v Burnley

Saturday 1st October

Brighton v Norwich

Preston v Southampton

Cardiff v Luton

Reading v Sheffield Utd

Derby v Leicester

Sheffield Wed v Coventry

Ipswich v Crewe

Watford v Leeds

Plymouth v Stoke

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Monday 3rd October

QPR v Crystal Palace

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