Sunday, October 24, 2021

Championship Review – Matchday Six

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Sheffield United were the big winners on matchday six in the Championship after thumping Aston Villa by four goals to one at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon.

The Blades stormed to a three-goal lead inside forty-one minutes thanks to goals from Jack O’Connell, Mark Duffy and Oliver Norwood while Billy Sharp added a fourth just four minutes in to the second-half.

Anwar El Ghazi pulled one back for the visitors just past the hour mark though the damage was already enough to see Villa lost for a first time this season while Chris Wilder’s side climb to third place, ahead of Derby County on goal difference.

The Rams secured an impressive win at Hull City with a Martyn Waghorn penalty and Florian Jozefzoon coming either side of Todd Kane’s response for the hosts.

Ollie Watkins’ late strike gave Brentford a deserved victory over Nottingham Forest at Griffin Park after Aitor Karanka’s men had somehow got themselves back in the game through substitute Matty Cash.

Resolve

Bristol City came from a goal down to thump Blackburn Rovers 4-1 at Ashton Gate while Swansea City also emerged victorious despite going behind and did so with ten men after Courtney Baker-Richardson was given his marching orders after just five minutes.

Bolton Wanderers drop out of the top-six despite coming from two goals down to rescue a point at Preston North End while West Bromwich Albion are up to eighth after beating Stoke City 2-1 at the Hawthorns – Dwight Gayle with a brace for the hosts.

The former Newcastle United man now has three in his last three league games and can be backed at 10/1 to finish the season as the division’s top scorer.

Form

The twenty-seven year old managed twenty-three goals in the 2016/17 campaign with only Chris Wood – then of Leeds United managing more.

There were wins for both Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday against Rotherham United and Reading respectively while Sunday’s East Anglian derby ended in a 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

After a goalless first half Gwion Edwards put Ipswich Town ahead twelve minutes after the break though Moritz Leitner levelled to give Norwich City a share of the spoils.

The Tractor Boys remain in the relegation zone but are now a point ahead of Reading, with Queens Park Rangers making up the bottom three following their goalless draw with Birmingham City.

Tight

There were also no goals in Friday evening’s game between the division’s top two sides – Leeds United and Middlesbrough.

That is a fifth straight clean sheet for Tony Pulis’s side, who limited their opponents to few chances.

The result means that there is no change in the automatic promotion places with Marcelo Bielsa’s side ahead on goal difference.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, 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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