Southampton and Derby lead the way
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 22nd August 2011
Ipswich are definitely improving the goals total in the Championship so far this season. Having conceded five at home to Southampton in midweek they bettered that with a 7-1 hammering at Peterborough on Saturday.
|Ade Akinbiyi - no record holder|
Boosted by this incredible result, Peterborough are now the league's leading goalscorers with 12 whilst Ipswich, with 13, have conceded more than any other.
This was the most remarkable of games though. With half an hour gone it was 1-0 to Ipswich but three minutes before half time Peterborough got their fourth. Ipswich then had players sent off either side of half time and the goals just kept coming.
Tommy Smith was the second to see red. He'd come on at half time as a substitute and managed to get himself sent off after just 67 seconds. And we thought Ade Akinbiyi was a record breaker in that respect.
Compared to that game the rest of the division was relatively quiet although referee Jon Moss gave Nottingham Forest another helping hand. Moss, for me, is the biggest homer in English football. I'd have no problems if he refereed all of our home games but get him away from home and you can be in trouble.
We found that out at Forest last season when he sent off Marvin Bartley and Leicester found out too on Saturday in the clash of the former England managers - Umbrella Man v I snubbed Blackburn Sven.
Leicester were cruising to a win. 2-0 up and Forest were out of it until Moss stepped in with a penalty decision that stunned everyone. Yes, the ball did make contact with Matt Mills' hand, but the award of a penalty was a nonsense.
Kasper Schmeichel wasn't impressed and had a word with Moss. He was promptly yellow carded but the card was clearly shown behind Schmeichel's back. He claims he was unaware, so when there was a further reaction after the penalty was scored, he was stunned to see a red follow the yellow.
Leicester were forced to bring on Chris Weale and he was at fault with the equaliser. A draw it was; but a result brought about on a referee's poor decision.
Looking at the rest of the league. Southampton and Derby remain top with 100% records. They both won at home, Southampton 1-0 against Millwall and Derby 3-0 against Doncaster who are now the only pointless side.
We travel to Derby on Saturday, the scene of our last league victory. It's astonishing to think that we go there 10 points behind them.
Finally this week, congratulations to Hal Robson-Kanu of Reading. He scored from the penalty spot in their 2-1 home defeat against Barnsley. Nothing remarkable you might think but it was Reading's THIRD penalty of the afternoon with Ian Harte and Noel Hunt having already missed from the spot in the space of three minutes.
I might be wrong but I can't recall ever having seen Burnley win three penalties in one game. Perhaps a home game with Jon Moss in charge might be our best chance.
The results and stats are below along with the leading scorers, each club's disciplinary record, the highest and lowest attendances and the next fixtures.
|The Weekend Results|
|Saturday 20th August|
|Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Blackpool 2||Hull City 0 Crystal Palace 1|
|Bristol City 0 Portsmouth 0||Nottingham Forest 2 Leicester City 2|
|Burnley 1 Cardiff City 1||Peterborough United 7 Ipswich Town 1|
|Coventry City 0 Watford 0||Reading 1 Barnsley 2|
|Derby County 3 Doncaster Rovers 0||Southampton 1 Millwall 0|
|Sunday 21st August|
|Middlesbrough 3 Birmingham City 1||West Ham United 2 Leeds United 2|
|The Weekend Stats|
Peterborugh United 7-1 v Ipswich Town (home)
|Total Goals Scored||34 (22 home - 12 away)|
|Player Scoring Most Goals||3 - Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United)|
|Highest Attendance||28,252 - West Ham United v Leeds United|
|Lowest Attendance||7,928 - Peterborough United v Ipswich Town|
|Total Yellow Cards||39|
|Total Red Cards||3|
|Most Cards in a Game||Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackpool (8Y) Ref: Phil Gibbs|
|Leading Goalscorers (League Only)|
|4||Kevin Phillips (Blackpool)|
|3||Ashley Barnes (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 1 penalty
David Connolly (Southampton)
Steve Davis (Derby County)
Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough)
Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Nicky Maynard (Bristol City)
Grant McCann (Peterborough United) - including 1 penalty
Paul Taylor (Peterborough United)
Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United)
|2||Keith Andrews (Ipswich Town)
Charlie Austin (Burnley)
Michael Chopra (Ipswich Town)
Carlton Cole (West Ham United)
Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City)
Darius Henderson (Millwall)
Will Buckley (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
Mathieu Manset (Reading)
Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Ross McCormack (Leeds United)
David Nugent (Leicester City)
Barry Robson (Middlesbrough)
Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) - includes 1 penalty
Sean Scannell (Crystal Palace)
Liam Trotter (Millwall)
|Date||Player & Game|
|20/08/11||3: Lee Tomlin - PETERBOROUGH UNITED v Ipswich Town|
|Disciplinary Record (League and Cup)|
|Birmingham City||3||0||3||0||Leeds United||11||2||12||2|
|Brighton and Hove Albion||12||0||15||0||Middlesbrough||7||1||8||1|
|Cardiff City||6||0||9||0||Peterborough United||4||0||6||0|
|Hull City||5||0||5||0||West Ham United||3||0||3||0|
|Highest and Lowest Attendances|
|28,252||West Ham United v Leeds United (21/08)||7,928||Peterborough United v Ipswich Town (21/08)|
|27,210||Derby County v Birmingham City (06/08)||9,464||Doncaster Rovers v Nottingham Forest (16/08)|
|25,860||Southampton v Leeds United (06/08)||10,240||Millwall v Peterborough United (14/08)|
|25,680||West Ham United v Cardiff City (07/08)||10,501||Barnsley v Southampton (13/08)|
|25,650||Leeds United v Middlesbrough (13/08)||10,603||Barnsley v Middlesbrough (16/08)|
|24,426||Nottingham Forest v Leicester City (21/08)||11,344||Doncaster Rovers v West Ham United (13/08)|
|23,377||Derby County v Doncaster Rovers (21/08)||11,604||Peterborough United v Crystal Palace (06/08|
|23,333||Southampton v Millwall (21/08)||12,010||Millwall v Nottingham Forest (13/08|
|23,329||Leicester City v Reading (13/08)||12,263||Watford v Derby County (13/08|
|23,013||Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion (17/08)||12,330||Crystal Palace v Coventry City (16/08|
|The Next Fixtures|
|Saturday 27th August|
|Brighton & Hove Albion v Peterborough United||Ipswich Tpwn v Leeds United|
|Crystal Palace v Blackpool||Leicester City v Southampton|
|Derby County v Burnley||Middlesbrough v Coventry City|
|Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City||Millwall v Barnsley|
|Hull City v Reading||Portsmouth v Cardiff City|
|Sunday 28th August|
|Nottingham Forest v West Ham United (13:15)||Watford v Birmingham City|