The New Year's Day fixtures have been played and the league table shows all three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season - Blackburn, Bolton and Wolves - situated in the bottom half of the table.

Crisis time at Molineux

One of them is becoming the laughing stock of English football, another was left the best squad in the Championship by its recently departed manager and the third is, according to the present incumbent, in crisis.

The club in crisis are Wolves. That's not the view of its supporters, although I'm sure they can't be happy at successive defeats at home to Peterborough and Ipswich before yesterday's loss at Crystal Palace.

No, they are the words of manager Ståle Solbakken. I know football fans don't want to hear a load of bull and excuses from a manager but they do want positive words and 'We are in crisis' is hardly positive no matter which way you dress it up. "I have the responsibility for the results and we are in crisis now, no doubt about that," he said. "We have to have the belief things will get better."

His players are backing him, publicly at least, but Solbakken must remain the most likely Championship manager to next depart his club. That is unless our friend Shebby Singh, whose name was chanted yesterday at Hillsborough, makes another of his big mistakes.

It appears Mrs Desai doesn't want to upset the apple cart with them being on such a good run so caretaker boss Gary Bowyer, who isn't interested in the job, will carry on. Shebby won't be happy; he'd promised an appointment by yesterday.

That promised appointment might well have been the Legend in his own Mind Peter Taylor. Meanwhile, there's still no news of Paul Agnew and Derek Shaw following their trip to Pune but Venky's did send their fans a New year message that sounded more like them being told to turn up and get behind the players and management."

They have dipped their toe in the transfer market today and completed the permanent signing of Josh King from Manchester United.

As for Bolton, nothing's changed there. The new manager is pointing fingers at the referee for defeats just as did the previous man, this time wanting to know why they weren't awarded a penalty for a foul of David Ngog.

They even speak the same words. Yesterday, after losing at Leeds,  Dougie Freedman said: "It was disappointing not to come away with the three points, as our performance MERITED the win."

At either end of the league, Cardiff are now seven points clear of Hull at the top. They won at Birmingham as Hull were held to a 0-0 draw at Blackpool. Down at the bottom of the league, Peterborough pulled out of the relegation places, beating bottom club Barnsley 2-1 in a controversial game at London Road. Bristol City are next to bottom and Sheffield Wednesday now return to take Peterborough's place after losing to us.

There's a week off now while we all enjoy the magic of the cup. That takes us to Barnsley where David Flitcroft is currently in charge following the dismissal of Keith Hill over Christmas. Flitcroft is being assisted by former Claret Micky Mellon who himself lost his job at Fleetwood recently.

The New Year's Day results and stats are below with the leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record (with Burnley still leading the way with yellow cards), the highest and lowest attendances and the next league fixtures.

The Results
Tuesday 1st January
Birmingham City 0 Cardiff City 1 Leeds United 1 Bolton Wanderers 0
Blackburn Rovers 3 Nottingham Forest 0 Leicester City 6 Huddersfield Town 1
Blackpool 0 Hull City 0 Millwall 2 Bristol City 1
Crystal Palace 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Peterborough United 2 Barnsley 1
Derby 3 Middlesbrough 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Burnley 2
Ipswich Town 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Watford 3 Charlton Athletic 4

 

The Stats
Biggest Win Leicester City 6-1 v Huddersfield Town (home)
Total Goals Scored 38 (23 home - 15 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals
2
Yann Kermogant (Charlton Athletic)
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City)
Andre Moritz (Crystal Palace)
Chris Wood (Leicester City)
Highest Attendance 25,913 - Leicester City v Huddersfield Town
Lowest Attendance 7,339 - Peterborough United v Barnsley
Total Yellow Cards 42
Total Red Cards 0
Most Cards in a Game Peterborough United v Barnsley (7Y) Ref: Darren Drysdale

 

Leading Goalscorers (League Only)
22 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties
20 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 3 penalties
15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties
Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 1 penalty, 2 with Huddersfield Town
13 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penalties
Chris Wood (Leicester City) - 11 with Millwall
12 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties
David Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty
Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties
11 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties
10 DJ Campbell (Ipswich Town)
Troy Deeney (Watford)
9 Sam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 4 penalties
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penalties
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough)
Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 2 penalties
8 Sone Aluko (Hull City)
Craig Davies (Barnsley) - includes 1 penalty
Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penalties
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough)
Theo Robinson (Derby County)

 

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

 

Disciplinary Record (League and Cup)
Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R
  League   Total   League  Total 
Barnsley 37 1 40 2 Huddersfield Town 46 4 47 4
Birmingham City 37 3 39 3 Hull City 29 1 29 2
Blackburn Rovers 32 0 32 0 Ipswich Town 33 0 33 0
Blackpool 36 0 36 0 Leeds United 45 2 50 2
Bolton Wanderers 48 1 50 1 Leicester City 29 1 29 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 32 1 33 1 Middlesbrough 34 0 39 0
Bristol City 34 0 36 0 Millwall 47 2 49 2
Burnley 48 1 54 1 Nottingham Forest 44 4 44 4
Cardiff City 45 2 47 2 Peterborough United 42 1 43 1
Charlton Athletic 41 1 41 1 Sheffield Wednesday 46 1 49 1
Crystal Palace 38 2 42 2 Watford 47 4 48 4
Derby County 31 1 32 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 1 28 1

 

Highest and Lowest Attendances
Highest Lowest
Att Fixture Att Fixture
28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09)
28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12)
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)
26,727 Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford (29/12) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12)
26,684 Brighton & HA v Nottingham Forest (15/12) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12)
26,670 Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (26/12) 7,339 Peterborough Utd v Bristol City (01/01)
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)

 

The Next Fixtures
Friday 11th January
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers  
Saturday 12th January
Barnsley v Leeds United Charlton Athletic v Blackpool
Bolton Wanderers v Millwall Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City
Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday (17:20)
Bristol City v Leicester City Middlesbrough v Watford
Burnley v Crystal Palace Nottingham Forest v Peterborough United
Cardiff City v Ipswich Town