Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Championship Review – Matchday 10

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 3 Oct 2019

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The Championship lead changed hands once again midweek, with Swansea City back at the top after coming from behind to win at Charlton Athletic.

The Addicks went in front inside two minutes thanks to Jonathan Leko, though goals from Yan Dhanda and Andre Ayew secured a sixth win of the season for Steve Cooper’s side.

Leeds United are in second after they too got their sixth victory of the campaign, edging past fellow high-flyers West Bromwich Albion – Egzijan Alioski with the only goal of the game, that sees the Baggies slip down to third.


Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run to nine league games after drawing one-all at Ewood Park – Joe Lolley giving the Reds a share of the spoils after equalising a minute after Adam Armstrong had put the hosts ahead.

Sabri Lamouchi’s side’s unbeaten run is only matched by Bristol City, who themselves drew 1-1 with Brentford though it is Fulham and Preston North End who complete the top six, with the Cottagers putting four past Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Preston had to settle for a point against Middlesbrough, who needed an own goal to stop them from succumbing to a third straight defeat.


Boro have won just two league games from ten under Jonathan Woodgate, and they way things are going they are heading to their lowest league finish in thirty years – when they finished twenty-first in the second tier.

Having said that, the bookmakers still have them at just 4/1 to be relegated to the third tier – somewhere they haven’t been since 1987.

The battle at the bottom ended in favour of Huddersfield Town, who beat Stoke City by a goal to nil while Barnsley managed to salvage a point against Derby County, who looked to have earned a good victory after coming from a goal down at Oakwell.

Luton Town and Millwall drew 1-1 at Kenilworth Road while Queens Park Rangers were soundly beaten at Cardiff City, who are now just a point off the top six.


Wigan Athletic kept a third straight home clean sheet in their victory over Birmingham City while there was also a 1-0 home win for Hull City, who beat Sheffield Wednesday – their first league defeat under Garry Monk.

It is once again anybody’s guess who will top the table at the end of matchday eleven, with Cardiff’s trip to West Brom arguably the pick of the fixtures whilst there is a London derby at Craven Cottage in Saturday’s early kick-off, with Fulham taking on Charlton.

Elsewhere, Forest hot Brentford while top play bottom with Stoke City facing a tricky trip to Swansea City.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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