The bottom three's looking good
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 8th April 2013
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.
|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|
|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
Chris 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
|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)|
|Birmingham City||61||3||65||3||Hull City||53||1||56||2|
|Blackburn Rovers||67||0||81||0||Ipswich Town||47||2||50||2|
|Bolton Wanderers||76||4||79||4||Leicester City||46||2||50||2|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||59||3||64||3||Middlesbrough||50||1||60||1|
|Cardiff City||69||2||72||2||Peterborough United||50||1||53||1|
|Charlton Athletic||58||2||59||3||Sheffield Wednesday||84||2||90||2|
|Derby County||54||2||55||2||Wolverhampton Wanderers||54||3||58||3|
|Highest and Lowest Attendances|
|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|