|Training is on the menu again at Blackpool|
I don't think Palace were a club many thought would be up there when the season started and I don't think there were too many surprised when they lost their first three games against Watford, Middlesbrough and Bristol City.
There was speculation that manager Dougie Freedman was under pressure but then things changed round. In fourteen games since they've not been beaten, winning eleven and drawing three, and they now proudly sit on top of the table.
The run has seen the departure of Selhurst Park legend Freedman. Instead of the poor results landing him the sack, the good results landed himself the job at Bolton who were looking to replace one of their legends.
He's gone, they've had two caretaker managers and now Ian Holloway, who got out of Blackpool, and nothing's changed. It has at Blackpool though, certainly according to long serving defender Ian Evatt who has just about said that Holloway had given up at Bloomfield Road.
Evatt has said today: "In the last couple of months, we hadn't really done much training. We had numerous days off, anything from two to five or six at a time. It was as surprising to the lads as anyone else.
"We are an honest bunch of players and we want to work hard, but at times we weren't doing that. Maybe that's why we had the bad spell that we had. We've knuckled down now. Training has been fantastic in the last ten days or so. It's been hard work but we've needed it."
No matter what, Holloway was the only one of the recent bunch of new Championship managers to secure a win on Saturday. Bolton, Blackpool under Michael Appleton both drew while us and Ipswich were beaten.
Ipswich are doing well away from home. That's 11 goals they've conceded in the two away games since Mick McCarthy took over. The man hasn't been impressed and after the six goal mauling at Ipswich he said: "It was an embarrassing display. Awful to be honest. It hurts me. I pride my teams on being tough and hard to beat, well organised and with the ability to play. but you have to sort the first part of that out first.
"We are milky. We are brittle. But there is nothing I can do about that performance now. We will take the bones out of it and move forward to what is obviously a very important game against Peterborough next week."
Ipswich are currently third from bottom, ahead of just Bristol City and Peterborough, and by only one point. Sheffield Wednesday and then Barnsley are the two clubs hovering closest to the bottom three.
Up at the top, Cardiff beat Middlesbrough to take their automatic promotion position while Huddersfield lost their place in the top six, replaced by Blackburn for whom former Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes bagged a hat trick.
We've a free week now ahead of a full fixture list on Saturday. Those fixtures are below along with the weekend results and stats, the leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record and the highest and lowest attendances.
|Saturday 17th November|
|Birmingham City 2 Hull City 3||Huddersfield Town 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2|
|Bolton Wanderers 1 Barnsley 1||Leicester City 6 Ipswich Town 0|
|Bristol City 1 Blackpool 1||Nottingham Forest 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0|
|Burnley 0 Charlton Athletic 1||Peterborough United 1 Blackburn Rovers 4|
|Cardiff City 1 Middlesbrough 0||Watford 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1|
|Crystal Palace 3 Derby County 0|
|Sunday 18th November|
|Millwall 1 Leeds United 0|
|Biggest Win||Leicester City 6-0 v Ipswich Town (home)|
|Total Goals Scored||33 (20 home - 13 away)|
|Player Scoring Most Goals||3 - Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)|
|Highest Attendance||24,584 - Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday|
|Lowest Attendance||5,997 - Peterborough United v Blackburn Rovers|
|Total Yellow Cards||33|
|Total Red Cards||3|
|Most Cards in a Game||Millwall v Leeds United (5Y 1R) Ref: Mark Halsey|
|Leading Goalscorers (League Only)|
|17||Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 2 penalties|
|15||Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 6 penalties|
|11||Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - 2 with Huddersfield Town|
|10||Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 2 penalties|
|9||Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 2 penalties
Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties
David Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty
|8||Sone Aluko (Hull City)
Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 3 penalties
Craig Davies (Barnsley) - includes 1 penalty
|7||Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penalties
Darius Henderson (Millwall)
Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 1 penalty
Pete Whittingham (Cardiff City) - includes 3 penalties
Chris Wood (Millwall)
|6||Chris Eagles (Bolton Wanderers)
Heidar Helguson (Cardiff City)
Theo Robinson (Derby County) - includes 1 penalty
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Liam Trotter (Millwall) - includes 1 penalty
|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|
|Disciplinary Record (League and Cup)|
|Birmingham City||19||2||21||2||Hull City||13||0||13||1|
|Blackburn Rovers||20||0||20||0||Ipswich Town||24||0||24||0|
|Bolton Wanderers||33||1||35||1||Leicester City||17||1||17||1|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||23||0||24||0||Middlesbrough||23||0||26||0|
|Cardiff City||25||0||27||0||Peterborough United||32||0||33||0|
|Charlton Athletic||26||0||26||0||Sheffield Wednesday||29||1||32||1|
|Derby County||17||1||18||1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||17||2||19||2|
|Highest and Lowest Attendances|
|28,707||Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09)||5,435||Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09)|
|28,582||Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10)||5,997||Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11)|
|28,229||Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11)||6,188||Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08)|
|27,437||Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08)||6,348||Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10)|
|26,598||Sheffield Wed v Bolton Wanderers (22/09)||8,088||Barnsley v Bristol City (01/09)|
|26,594||Brighton & HA v Sheffield Weds (14/09)||8,195||Barnsley v Crystal Palace (23/10)|
|26,402||Brighton & Hove Albion v Leeds United (02/11)||8,319||Barnsley v Peterborough United (02/10)|
|26,293||Brighton & HA v Middlesbrough (20/10)||8,427||Peterborough Utd v Derby County (29/10)|
|26,185||Charlton Athletic v Barnsley (20/10)||8,571||Barnsley v Ipswich Town (29/09)|
|26,121||Brighton & HA v Birmingham City (29/09)||9,258||Millwall v Birmingham City (23/10)|
|The Next Fixtures|
|Saturday 24th November|
|Barnsley v Cardiff City||Hull City v Burnley|
|Blackburn Rovers v Millwall||Ipswich Town v Peterborough United|
|Blackpool v Watford||Leeds United v Crystal Palace|
|Brighton & Hove Albion v Bolton Wanderers||Middlesbrough v Bristol City|
|Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield Town||Sheffield Wednesday v Leicester City|
|Derby County v Birmingham City (17:20)||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest|