It hasn't been a brilliant week for West Ham. In midweek they dropped two home points to Watford and followed that up by doing just the same against the struggling Doncaster All Stars on Saturday.
That's enabled Southampton to move four points clear of them at the top and, in what is now becoming a three horse race for the top two positions, they've been caught up by Reading who made it eight wins out of eight with a 3-1 home win against Leicester.
Now, I know my football, so you should take note when I back teams to do well and vice versa. At the turn of the year it was Leicester who I said would make a storming run and get themselves right into the promotion race.
That belief was based on them having got rid of Sven Goran Eriksson and brought in Nigel Pearson who I just thought would get things going. It's not really happened and they are above us on goal difference with what is now surely very little hope of making the top six. Still, they'll go and spend a load more money they don't really have and give it another go.
Now, no look at the Championship can be considered complete these days without some mention of Portsmouth, so the money topic brings us nicely on to a club that are now four points adrift at the bottom of the league and a staggering eight points from safety.
Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson as well as Hayden Mullins were left out of the side on Saturday as they consider moves elsewhere, simply to reduce a wage bill that was simply obscene. I see the football authorities are now looking at improving their 'Fit and Proper Person' checks. I'd suggest it has to be have been non-existent given what's wandered through Fratton Park over the last few years.
Doncaster and Coventry City are the teams with four points more and then there is a further four point jump to Bristol City and two more to Nottingham Forest.
Forest won again and, although some would say it is hard to believe, they have scored in each of their last seven games. Points wise they are edging away from the bottom three but financially there are problems ahead at the City Ground.
Last week they issued a statement to confirm that Nigel Doughty's estate would finance them for the remainder of this season, but they would then be looking for new investment. Watch out for a real cloth cutting exercise by the banks of the River Trent.
One bit of Championship news had escaped me, that was until yesterday when the BBC coverage of the Middlesbrough v Leeds United game allowed me to spot the familiar figure of Ronnie Jepson in the Leeds technical area.
I knew he was reserve team coach at QPR but, having checked, he left by mutual consent on 22nd February and joined Leeds a day later, reuniting with Neil Warnock. I've always wondered what Stan Ternent must make of one of his right hand men in the Warnock camp.
The results are below along with the stats, the leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record, the highest and lowest attendances and the next fixtures.
|The Week's Results|
|Saturday 10th March|
|Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Portsmouth 0||Nottingham Forest 3 Millwall 1|
|Bristol City 1 Cardiff City 2||Peterborough United 3 Blackpool 1|
|Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 1||Reading 3 Leicester City 1|
|Coventry City 1 Birmingham City 1||Southampton 2 Barnsley 0|
|Derby County 1 Watford 2||West Ham United 1 Doncaster Rovers 1|
|Hull City 2 Ipswich Town 2|
|Sunday 11th March|
|Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 2|
|The Week's Stats|
|Biggest Win||Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 v Portsmouth (home)
Leeds United 2-0 v Middlesbrough (away)
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Millwall (home)
Peterborough United 3-1 v Blackpool (home)
Reading 3-1 v Leicester City (home)
Southampton 2-0 v Barnsley (home)
|Total Goals Scored||34 (20 home - 14 away)|
Player Scoring Most Goals
|Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Grant Leadbitter (Ipswich Town)
Vicente Rodriguez (Brighton & Hove Albion)
|Highest Attendance||34,650 - West Ham United v Doncaster Rovers|
|Lowest Attendance||7,540 - Peterborough United v Blackpool|
|Total Yellow Cards||30|
|Total Red Cards||3|
|Most Cards in a Game||Bristol City v Cardiff City (5Y) Ref: Michael Oliver
Burnley v Crystal Palace (4Y 1R) Ref: Dean Whitestone
|Leading Goalscorers (League Only)|
|21||Rickie Lambert (Southampton) - includes 7 penalties|
|15||Ross McCormack (Leeds United)
Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) - includes 3 penalties
|14||Darius Henderson (Millwall) - includes 2 penalties|
|13||Michael Chopra (Ipswich Town)
David Nugent (Leicester City)
Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United) - includes 1 penalty
Craig Davies (Barnsley) - includes 1 penalty
|10||Charlie Austin (Burnley)
Guly Do Prado (Southampton)
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middllesbrough) - includes 1 penalty - (9 with Coventry City)
Robert Koren (Hull City)
Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Pete Whittingham (Cardiff City) - includes 3 penalties
Chris Wood (Bristol City) - (9 with Birmingham City)
|Date||Player & Game|
|20/08/11||3: Lee Tomlin - PETERBOROUGH UNITED v Ipswich Town|
|10/09/11||3: Rickie Lambert - SOUTHAMPTON v Nottingham Forest|
|11/09/11||3: Chris Wood - BIRMINGHAM CITY v Millwall|
|12/10/11||3: Darius Henderson - Leicester City v MILLWALL|
|02/11/11||3: Jonjo Shelvey - Leeds United v BLACKPOOL|
|19/11/11||3: Rickie Lambert - SOUTHAMPTON v Brighton & Hove Albion|
|26/12/11||3: Matthew Phillips - Barnsley v BLACKPOOL|
|31/12/11||3: Ricardo Vaz Te - BARNSLEY v Leeds United|
|21/01/12||3: Darius Henderson - Barnsley v MILLWALL|
|31/01/12||4: Nikola Zigic - Leeds United v BIRMINGHAM CITY|
|26/02/12||3: Rickie Lambert - Watford v SOUTHAMPTON|
|Disciplinary Record (League and Cup)|
|Birmingham City||45||2||50||2||Leeds United||57||5||63||5|
|Brighton and Hove Albion||76||6||90||6||Middlesbrough||61||7||64||7|
|Cardiff City||44||0||60||0||Peterborough United||42||2||45||2|
|Hull City||55||1||59||1||West Ham United||53||6||56||7|
|Highest and Lowest Attendances|
|34,936||West Ham United v Coventry City (02/01)||6,351||Peterborough United v Cardiff City (18/10)|
|34,900||West Ham United v Crystal Palace (25/02)||6,392||Peterborough United v Millwall (06/03)|
|34,749||West Ham United v Barnsley (17/12)||7,004||Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/02)|
|34,650||West Ham United v Doncaster Rovers (10/03)||7,540||Peterborough United v Blackpool (10/03)|
|33,465||West Ham United v Portsmouth (10/09)||7,555||Peterborough United v Portsmouth (28/01)|
|33,010||Derby County v Southampton (15/10)||7,650||Doncaster Rovers v Watford (26/11)|
|33,010||Derby County v Leeds United (26/12)||7,778||Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City (27/08)|
|32,875||West Ham United v Southampton (14/02)||7,901||Peterborough United v Burnley (17/09)|
|32,150||Southampton v West Ham United (18/10)||7,928||Peterborough United v Ipswich Town (20/08)|
|31,812||Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion (19/11)||8,062||Peterborough United v Coventry City (17/12)|
|The Next Fixtures|
|Tuesday 13th March|
|Cardiff City v Hull City||Doncaster Rovers v Reading|
|Derby County v Nottingham Forest||Leicester City v Birmingham City|
|Saturday 17th March|
|Barnsley v Reading||Ipswich Town v Peterborough United|
|Birmingham City v Middlesbrough||Leeds United v West Ham United|
|Blackpool v Brighton & Hove Albion||Millwall v Southampton|
|Crystal Palace v Hull City||Portsmouth v Bristol City|
|Doncaster Rovers v Derby County||Watford v Coventry City|
|Sunday 18th March|
|Cardiff City v Burnley|