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At that point, what happened in the Championship matches this weekend? Something important? Oh yeah, DERBY COUNTY WON A SOCCER GAME!
After two long months and 11 painful games, the Rams have rediscovered the sweet, sweet taste of success and in doing so have worked their way to the foot of the Championship table.
As usual, the latest installment of second division football was full of lapses and surprises, with the position of the table players changing hands on more than one occasion. So without further ado, let’s find out who the biggest winners and losers of the weekend are …
Who would have thought?
After ditching the latest teasers in their previous two matches, Derby finally managed to get the job done and rose from the bottom of the Championship table.
Not only that, the victory also marks Wayne Rooney’s first management win as he and Liam Rosenior look to push the Rams out of the drop zone.
There is still a lot of work to do, but this victory could be a great stepping stone for the club as they look to avoid becoming part of a relegation dogfight at the end of the season.
Oh Neil. We’ve seen that look so many times before, haven’t we?
To be fair, Neil Warnock’s team could have been played out of the park by the 2009 Barcelona team and he would still go to the referee full time and complain.
Although, it’s clear why he’s frustrated. Middlesbrough just can’t seem to find any consistency lately, with every loss followed by a win and vice versa.
His team’s trip to Stoke was a great opportunity to beat those who were above them in the league and earn a second win in a row; but they ruined it. And not only did they screw it up, Stoke subsequently jumped them on the table. It’s not a good day for Boro.
It can’t be easy to be a fan of reading right now. In each game, they should be left wondering ‘are we making for the team that won seven of our first eight games or the one that later lost four on the rebound?’
Well, they got first at the early start on Saturday afternoon, clinching a comfortable 2-0 win and finishing the weekend in third place in the league, just one point behind first place.
I wonder what reading we will have next week?
You already know what to do. You lose some games, you fire your manager, you bring in Tony Pulis and everything is rosy … or maybe not?
Sheffield Wednesday has yet to clinch a win under the veteran tactician, and while a 2-1 loss to Norwich is nothing to be ashamed of, the Derby win sent the Owls plummeting to the foot of the table again, a position they thought they would make. long ago after eliminating your point deduction.
A massive Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield awaits Pulis’s men next week, and defeat there could spell big trouble for the Owls.
Who would have thought?
Stoke certainly has the big-name players to mount a promotional challenge, but given their performances last season and their far-from-stellar summer transfer business, very few expected the Potters to be challenging at the top end of the field this season.
In his first full season in charge, Michael O’Neill appears to have brought his Stoke team to life, and their win over Middlesbrough now sees them in fifth position, just three points behind Norwich in first.
While Reading and Stoke have been the benefactors of a sharp jump up the table, Watford is one of the teams that have been eliminated, courtesy of their surprising 1-0 home loss to Cardiff.
The Hornets enjoyed 66% possession against Neil Harris’s men, but they still couldn’t find a way to bring down the Bluebirds, and the loss has seen them drop to seventh in the league table.
Still, they can jump into second place with a win next week … what a league.