For much of the season the bottom three places in the Championship have been occupied by a regular group of clubs, the likes of Bristol City, Peterborough, Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, even Huddersfield and Wolves for a short time.

Two of them are still there, and having seen Bristol City on Saturday I don't expect them to be moving very far from their current position prior to kicking off next season in League One.

Peterborough are still there, and this despite something of a revival in recent weeks. But look who has gone and joined them? Defeat at Sheffield Wednesday has now seen Shebby's Boys take the third relegation spot.

Is there anybody there?

I'm not getting carried away. There are too many games to go. But right now it's good fun, it's as good as it's been in donkey's (and yes I know we are at Blackpool on Saturday) years, and we, courtesy of Saturday's win, have now moved seven points clear of them.

What a crazy league! It's been so for a number of years but never quite anything like this when you think that Middlesbrough, still harbouring hopes of a play off place, are just eight points clear of relegation.

At what point do you get the opportunity to consider yourself safe? Are we with 54 points? I suspect so but I would like another win just to make sure.

Up at the top, Cardiff are now assured a top six finish. Seventh place Leicester, who like Middlesbrough did, are doing all they can to avoid a play off finish, can no longer catch them.

Cardiff drew with third place Watford who themselves had just beaten Hull 1-0 at the KC a few days earlier. That makes our draw at Vicarage Road look good.

What a squad Gianfranco Zola must have. Fernando Forestieri was outstanding against us, on Saturday he was only named as a substitute as the rotation policy continued.  If we rotated like that we'd be playing with five some weeks.

It's Hull or Watford surely for second place with the other in the play offs with Crystal Palace, almost certainly, and two from Forest, Brighton, Leicester and Bolton.

Things weren't good for Bolton when David Edgar scored at the Reebok, but they came back to beat us 2-1 to trigger a run of seven consecutive home wins. We didn't get any more than that in the whole of last season and this season's total has only reached eight.

Interestingly though we have the 12th best home record in the division but the 13th best away record.

So, having given us that bit of a gap with Saturday's win, we can prepare for a trip to the land of thr tower, trams, rock, candy floss and donkeys, and a beach that looks to be in better nick for football than the Bloomfield pitch looks right now.

We owe them one from last year.

And just before going online comes even more news from Ewood. Our good friend Shebby is already in India but all of Gary Bowyer, Derek Shaw and Paul Agnew have been summoned. There's no one left to run the sinking ship.

The results, stats and fixtures are all below.

The Results
Saturday 6th April
Birmingham City 1 Millwall 1 Derby County 0 Ipswich Town 1
Bolton Wanderers 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Huddersfield Town 2 Peterborough United 2
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Leicester City 1 Hull City 1 Middlesbrough 0
Burnley 3 Bristol City 1 Nottingham Forest 1 Blackpool 1
Charlton Athletic 2 Leeds United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3 Blackburn Rovers 2
Crystal Palace 0 Barnsley 0 Watford 0 Cardiff City 0

 

The Stats
Biggest Win Bolton Wanderers 2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (home)
Burnley 3-1 v Bristol City (home)
Total Goals Scored 26 (16 home - 10 away)

Player Scoring Most Goals

2 - Jermaine Johnson - Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn Rovers
Highest Attendance 28,493 - Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City
Lowest Attendance 11,539 - Burnley v Bristol City
Total Yellow Cards 58
Total Red Cards 1
Most Cards in a Game Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn Rovers (10Y) Ref: Roger East

 

Leading Goalscorers (League Only)
29 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties
25 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 4 penalties
24 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 3 penalties, 2 with Huddersfield Town
20 Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties
18 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penalties
C
hris Wood (Leicester City) - 11 with Millwall
16 Troy Deeney (Watford) - includes 2 penalties
15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties
14 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 3 penalties
David Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty
13 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties
12 Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penalties
Dwight Gayle (Peterborough United)
Jamie Ward (Derby County) - includes 4 penalties
11 Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough)
Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties
10 Almen Abdi (Watford) - includes 2 penalties
Sam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 4 penalties
George Boyd (Hull City) - 6 with Peterborough United
DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) - 10 with Ipswich Town
Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 2 penalties, 8 with Barnsley
Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic)
Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 3 penalties

 

Hat Tricks
 Date Player & Game
01/09/12 3: Pete Whittingham - CARDIFF CITY v Wolverhampton Wanderers
15/09/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Peterborough United
22/09/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Cardiff City
22/09/12 4: Craig Davies - Birmingham City v BARNSLEY
23/09/12 3: David Nugent - LEICESTER CITY v Hull City
29/09/12 3: Emile Sinclair - Hull City v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
02/10/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Sheffield Wednesday
23/10/12 3: Marlon King - Millwall v BIRMINGHAM CITY
06/11/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Ipswich Town
17/11/12 3: Jordan Rhodes - Peterborough United v BLACKBURN ROVERS
12/01/13 3: Chris Wood - Bristol City v LEICESTER CITY
19/02/13 3: Radoslaw Majewski - NOTTINGHAM FOREST v Huddersfield Town
02/03/13 3: Dwight Gayle - Blackburn Rovers v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
02/03/13 3: Leonardo Ulloa - BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION v Huddersfield Town
05/03/13 3: Kevin Phillips - CRYSTAL PALACE v Hull City

 

Disciplinary Record (League and Cup)
Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R
  League   Total   League  Total 
Barnsley 59 1 68 2 Huddersfield Town 81 4 90 4
Birmingham City 61 3 65 3 Hull City 53 1 56 2
Blackburn Rovers 67 0 81 0 Ipswich Town 47 2 50 2
Blackpool 49 3 51 3 Leeds United 66 3 76 3
Bolton Wanderers 76 4 79 4 Leicester City 46 2 50 2
Brighton & Hove Albion 59 3 64 3 Middlesbrough 50 1 60 1
Bristol City 49 0 52 0 Millwall 76 3 89 3
Burnley 79 3 87 4 Nottingham Forest 70 4 70 5
Cardiff City 69 2 72 2 Peterborough United 50 1 53 1
Charlton Athletic 58 2 59 3 Sheffield Wednesday 84 2 90 2
Crystal Palace 54 2 65 2 Watford 69 4 72 4
Derby County 54 2 55 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 54 3 58 3

 

Highest and Lowest Attendances
Highest Lowest
Att Fixture Att Fixture
33,010 Derby County v Nottingham Forest (19/01) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09)
29,697 Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley (30/03) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12)
28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11)
28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 6,050 Peterborough Utd v Charlton Athletic (05/03)
28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08)
28,499 Brighton & HA v Crystal Palace (17/03) 6,214 Peterborough United v Hull City (19/01)
28,493 Brighton & HA v Leicester City (06/04) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10)
28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12)
28,124 Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove A (30/03) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12)
28,043 Brighton & HA v Charlton Athletic (02/04) 6,648 Peterborough Utd v Burnley (02/02)

 

The Next Fixtures
Tuesday 9th April
Cardiff City v Barnsley Millwall v Sheffield Wednesday
Friday 12th April
Leicester City v Birmingham City  
Saturday 13th April
Barnsley v Charlton Athletic Ipswich Town v Hull City
Blackburn Rovers v Derby County Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday (12:30)
Blackpool v Burnley Middlesbrough v Brighton & Hove Albion
Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers Peterborough United v Watford
Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest Wolverhampton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town