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Championship MatchDay 11 ~ Review

last updated Monday 06th October 2014, 11:48 PM

Championship MatchDay 11 saw Fulham's recent revival coming to a shuddering halt at the Riverside. Although Fulham had control they were unable to convert any of their chances and their defensive frailties embarrassed them once again. The result leaves The Cottagers in 22nd place 3 points from safety.

Divisional leaders Norwich were held to a draw at home by Rotherham while second place Forest were glad to have drawn with Ipswich by way of a 94th minute goal. Third placed Watford were also held to a draw at home to lowly Brighton.

At the bottom Blackpool registered their first win of the season at home to Cardiff while Bolton lost again to go rock bottom.

Saturday 4th October 2014

15:00 Leeds (0) 1 Sheff Wed (0) 1

Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci rescued a Sky Bet Championship point for his side with a deserved late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Yorkshire derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday. The Italian centre-half applied a striker's finish when he steered home a bouncing ball in the 79th minute to cancel out Chris Maguire's effort earlier in the second half.

Wednesday crushed Leeds 6-0 when the sides last met in January at Hillsborough, but were fortunate to take the lead at Elland Road and were grateful to goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who thwarted the home side on several occasions. Leeds head coach Darko Milanic has still to taste victory after three games in charge, but there were signs of an enterprising team in the making.

The Owls' impressive start to the season could easily have stalled after their recent Capital One Cup walloping at Manchester City, but, under popular manager Stuart Gray, they displayed a resilience that has been lacking in recent campaigns.

Leeds: Silvestri,Byram,Bellusci,Pearce,Berardi,Bianchi,Austin, Mowatt,Sloth (Murphy 46),Antenucci (Morison 80), Doukara (Sharp 69).
Subs Not Used: Warnock,Adryan,Stuart Taylor,Cooper.

Booked: Berardi,Bellusci,Byram.

Scorers: Bellusci 79.

Sheff Wed: Westwood,Palmer,Lees,Loovens,Mattock, Maguire (Helan 70),Semedo (Coke 83),Lee,Maghoma, Nuhiu (Madine 46),May.
Subs Not Used: Buxton,Drenthe,Dielna,Kirkland.

Booked: Nuhiu,Maguire,Lee,Semedo.

Scorers: Maguire 52.

Attendance: 24,094

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

15:00 Blackburn (0) 0 Huddersfield (0) 0

Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes missed a penalty against his former side as Rovers drew 0-0 with Huddersfield at Ewood Park. Quite how no goals were scored is a mystery, but no chance was better than around the hour mark when Rhodes placed his spot-kick wide on his 100th league appearance for Blackburn.

The hosts peppered Huddersfield's goal, especially in the second half, but Alex Smithies saved well from Rhodes and Lee Williamson in particular, while the visitors could have snatched the points late on as Nahki Wells headed over with the goal gaping. The result continued Town's upturn in form - Chris Powell's side have lost one in their last five. Rovers meanwhile, have won just once in that time.

Blackburn: Steele,Marshall,Hanley,Duffy,Olsson,Conway,Cairney, King,Williamson,Tunnicliffe (Taylor 88),Rhodes.
Subs Not Used: Henley,Kilgallon,Eastwood,Varney,Songo'o,Lenihan.

Booked: Hanley,Williamson.

Huddersfield: Smithies,Smith,Hudson,Lynch,Robinson,Scannell, Butterfield,Coady,Bunn,Holt,Wells (Peltier 86).
Subs Not Used: Dixon,Ward,Murphy,Stead,Wallace,Majewski.

Booked: Holt.

Attendance: 14,662

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham).

15:00 Bolton (0) 1 Bournemouth (0) 2  

Callum Wilson scored two second-half goals for 10-man Bournemouth as managerless Bolton slumped to a 2-1 defeat in their first game since Dougie Freedman's departure. Eddie Howe's Cherries played for 54 minutes with 10 men after Yann Kermorgant was shown a red card for a chest-high tackle on Mark Davies.

Despite the man advantage Wanderers struggled for large parts to make it count. Even when skipper Jay Spearing cancelled out Wilson's first goal with a deflected left-footed effort from outside the area, there was no real spark from the home side. And they paid the penalty for their lethargy when Wilson escaped Matt Mills and Dorian Dervite to tuck away his second of the afternoon after 68 minutes.

To add injury to insult Bolton also lost injury jinxed midfielder Mark Davies to a first-half knee problem. Bolton have now lost five successive league and cup games and are in a major fight to save their Sky Bet Championship status once the season resumes after the international break.

Bolton: Lonergan,Herd,Mills,Dervite,Ream,Lee,Spearing, Mark Davies (Pratley 46),Danns (Clayton 76),Beckford, Craig Davies (Mason 71).
Subs Not Used: McNaughton,Feeney,Kenny,Kamara.

Booked: Mills,Herd,Ream.

Scorers: Spearing 52.

Bournemouth: Boruc,Francis,Elphick,Cook,Daniels, Ritchie (Smith 88),Arter,Surman,Pugh,Kermorgant, Wilson (Pitman 90).
Subs Not Used: Gosling,Rantie,Harte,Fraser,Flahavan. Sent Off: Kermorgant (36).

Booked: Boruc.

Scorers: Wilson 46,68.

Attendance: 13,033

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

15:00 Brentford (2) 3 Reading (0) 1

Goals from Jota, Alex Pritchard and Jonathan Douglas fired Brentford to a 3-1 victory over Reading in the Sky Bet Championship. Spanish livewire Jota, a £1million summer signing from Celta Vigo, sparked the Bees into life with an 11th-minute opener.

Tottenham loanee Pritchard grabbed the second before the interval and although Simon Cox pulled one back, Douglas scored a late third to send Reading on the short trip back down the M4 empty-handed. The Royals, having recently been taken over by a Thai consortium, have designs on a promotion push this term but now find themselves below newly-promoted Brentford in the table.

Brentford: Button,McCormack,Tarkowski,Craig,Bidwell,Douglas, Odubajo,Judge,Pritchard (Toral 84),Jota (Diagouraga 66), Gray (Proschwitz 60).
Subs Not Used: Dean,Tebar,Bonham,Betinho.

Booked: Diagouraga,Craig.

Scorers: Jota 11,Pritchard 32,Douglas 81.

Reading: Federici,Gunter,Hector,Pearce,Obita,Blackman, Kuhl (Pogrebnyak 79),Norwood,Robson-Kanu (Mackie 46), Edwards (Cox 46),Murray.
Subs Not Used: Taylor,Andersen,Long,Cooper.

Booked: Kuhl,Cox,Mackie.

Scorers: Cox 49.

Attendance: 10,776

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

15:00 Charlton (1) 1 Birmingham (0) 1

Charlton maintained their unbeaten start in the Championship this season with a 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham City. The Addicks, who saw Igor Vetokele open the scoring, have now drawn seven of their 11 league fixtures, with David Davis scoring his first Birmingham goal to earn Lee Clark's side a deserved point.

Both sides went into the game on the back of midweek victories. Charlton had won 1-0 at leaders Norwich on Tuesday while Birmingham returned to south London having beaten Millwall 3-1 at the New Den that night. The home side had to do without Israel international Tal Ben Haim however as the experienced centre-back was observing the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

Charlton: Henderson,Solly,Morrison,Bikey,Wiggins, Wilson (Tucudean 70),Buyens,Jackson (Moussa 58), Cousins (Fox 90),Bulot,Vetokele.
Subs Not Used: Harriott,Pope,Ahearne-Grant,Thomas.

Scorers: Vetokele 11.

Birmingham: Randolph,Caddis,Edgar,Robinson,Grounds,Davis, Reilly (Gray 65),Cotterill,Gleeson,Arthur (Thomas 79),Donaldson.
Subs Not Used: Packwood,Hall,Johnstone,Lee,Doyle.

Booked: Gleeson.

Scorers: Davis 53.

Attendance: 16,369

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

15:00 Derby (0) 0 Millwall (0) 0

Millwall answered the call of manager Ian Holloway for a "gritty and focussed" performance against promotion favourites Derby as they earned only their second point in six games from a goalless draw that produced eight bookings.

Derby extended their unbeaten run to 10 games - their best under manager Steve McClaren - but were left disappointed at their inability to break down a hard-working and committed Millwall side that stuck firmly to Holloway's game plan.

It did not take long for Derby to serve notice of intent on a Millwall side that had won only one of their previous nine games in all competitions this season.

Derby: Grant,Christie,Keogh,Whitbread,Forsyth,Bryson, Eustace (Hendrick 59),Hughes,Ibe (Russell 65),Martin, Ward (Best 59).
Subs Not Used: Calero,Shotton,Mascarell,Mitchell.

Booked: Ibe,Martin,Eustace,Whitbread.

Millwall: Forde,Dunne,Briggs,Webster,Williams,Chaplow, Abdou (Upson 82),O'Brien (Malone 68),McDonald,Woolford, Gregory (Fuller 75).
Subs Not Used: Shittu,Beevers,Powell,King.

Booked: Webster,Forde,Woolford,Dunne.

Attendance: 27,749

Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire).

15:00 Middlesbrough (0) 2 Fulham (0) 0  

Middlesbrough climbed back up into the Sky Bet Championship play-off places with a 2-0 victory over Fulham. The Cottagers, buoyed by three wins in a row, were unlucky to be on the receiving end of a two-goal defeat having dominating large parts of the game.

After Adam Reach's opening goal within a minute of the second half, Fulham wasted three good chances before Albert Adomah doubled Boro's lead in the 82nd minute against the run of play. It ended the west London side's winning streak under caretaker boss Kit Symons, with Fulham remaining in the bottom three.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos,Fredericks,Ayala,Omeruo,Friend, Clayton,Leadbitter,Adomah,Tomlin (Vossen 67),Reach (Nsue 90), Garcia (Whitehead 83).
Subs Not Used: Gibson,Luke Williams,Wildschut,Blackman.

Booked: Fredericks.

Scorers: Reach 46,Adomah 82.

Fulham: Bettinelli,Hoogland,Bodurov,Burn,Amorebieta (Smith 78), Parker,Christensen,Stafylidis (George Williams 59), Ruiz (Roberts 70),McCormack,Rodallega.
Subs Not Used: Kiraly,Woodrow,Hyndman,Kavanagh.

Booked: Burn.

Attendance: 16,201

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

15:00 Norwich (0) 1 Rotherham (1) 1

Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich had to settle for a 1-1 draw as battling Rotherham left Carrow Road with a hard-earned point. The Canaries, beaten 1-0 at home on Tuesday night by a smash-and-grab raid from Charlton, failed to convert their early chances before Rotherham went ahead on 44 minutes through a penalty from Paul Green.

Norwich upped the tempo following the restart as the Millers sat back, and were level when Cameron Jerome knocked in a rebound after a free-kick from substitute Kyle Lafferty was saved. Neil Adams' men pressed during the closing stages, but were unable to find a winner and, for 24 hours at least, remain top of the table.

Norwich: Ruddy,Martin,Turner,Hooiveld (Josh Murphy 75),Olsson, Howson,Johnson,Redmond,Hoolahan (Lafferty 64),Grabban,Jerome.
Subs Not Used: Whittaker,Rudd,Tettey,O'Neil,Odjidja-Ofoe.

Booked: Ruddy.

Scorers: Jerome 77.

Rotherham: Collin,Richardson,Morgan,Arnason,Skarz, Brindley (Bowery 71),Frecklington,Green, Pringle (Clarke-Harris 66),Derbyshire (Wordsworth 79),Revell.
Subs Not Used: Loach,Hall,Taylor,Rowe.

Booked: Richardson.

Scorers: Green 44.

Attendance: 26,114

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

15:00 Watford (0) 1 Brighton (0) 1

Watford climbed to second in the Sky Bet Championship despite being held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road. Daniel Tozser's free-kick eight minutes into the second half looked to have put the high-flying Hornets on course for a fifth win in six unbeaten games at home this season, but they were pegged back when Lewis Dunk headed home from a corner 13 minutes from time.

Both sides looked to play their possession-based game from the outset, with Watford having to be patient early on as their opponents had greater control of the ball. The Hornets increasingly came into the game but chances were few and far between in the opening 30 minutes as the game continued to be something of a chess match.

Watford: Gomes,Paredes,Doyley,Ekstrand,Hoban,Munari,Tozser,Anya, Abdi (McGugan 62),Dyer (Murray 75),Vydra.
Subs Not Used: Fabbrini,Ighalo,Mensah,Doherty,Bond.

Booked: Doyley,Vydra,Paredes,Munari.

Scorers: Tozser 53.

Brighton: Stockdale,Saltor,Greer,Dunk,Bennett, Crofts (McCourt 72),Ince (Holla 60),Gardner,Teixeira,O'Grady, Adrian Colunga (LuaLua 54).
Subs Not Used: Hughes,Chicksen,Toko,Walton.

Booked: Gardner,Saltor.

Scorers: Dunk 77.

Attendance: 16,531

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

15:00 Wolverhampton (1) 2 Wigan (2) 2

Bakary Sako rescued a point for Wolves as Wigan's winless run continued with a 2-2 draw in their Sky Bet Championship encounter at Molineux. Sako struck in the 64th minute after goals from James Perch and Marc-Antoine Fortune had put Wigan in control following a Dave Edwards opener.

Wigan have now gone six games without a win since their 4-0 victory against Birmingham on August 30. They looked set to end that bleak run when Perch equalised two minutes after Edwards had struck on the half-hour mark.

Fortune then put Uwe Rosler's side ahead in first-half stoppage time before Sako grabbed a deserved equaliser. Wolves were well worth their share of the spoils after dominating the second half and could easily have gone on to win the game.

Wolverhampton: Ikeme,Doherty,Batth,Stearman,Golbourne, van La Parra (Henry 60),McDonald,Edwards,Rowe,Sako, Dicko (Sagbo 90).
Subs Not Used: Saville,Clarke,McCarey,Ebanks-Landell,Jacobs.

Booked: Sako,Batth.

Scorers: Edwards 30,Sako 64.

Wigan: Carson,Perch,Ramis,Barnett,Taylor,Cowie,Huws, Kvist Jorgensen (Forshaw 57),McClean (McManaman 84),Maloney, Fortune (Delort 74).
Subs Not Used: Tavernier,Riera,Al Habsi,Kiernan.

Booked: Ramis,Huws,Kvist Jorgensen,McManaman.

Scorers: Perch 32,Fortune 45.

Attendance: 21,288

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire).

Sunday 5th October 2014

15:00 Nottm Forest (0) 2 Ipswich (1) 2

Michail Antonio struck deep into injury-time as Nottingham Forest preserved their unbeaten run in the Championship with a 2-2 draw against Ipswich. Daryl Murphy's brace, either side of Robert Tesche's equaliser for Forest, looked as though it was going to inflict a first league defeat on Stuart Pearce's side.

But Antonio dramatically headed in Henri Lansbury's corner four minutes into added-on time to deny Town maximum points. The Reds brought Matty Fryatt back into the starting line-up in place of Ben Osborn with boss Stuart Pearce opting for a 4-4-2 formation in order to end their goalscoring drought, while Ipswich gave loanee Jonny Williams his first start in his second spell at the club as Teddy Bishop dropped to the bench.

Nottm Forest: Darlow,Hunt,Mancienne,Wilson (Lascelles 29), Lichaj (Harding 81),Tesche,Christopher Burke (Veldwijk 75), Antonio,Lansbury,Fryatt,Assombalonga.
Subs Not Used: Paterson,De Vries,Grant,Osborn.

Booked: Lansbury.

Scorers: Tesche 63,Antonio 90.

Ipswich: Gerken,Parr,Chambers,Berra,Mings,Hyam (Tabb 33),Skuse, Williams (Bishop 61),Murphy,McGoldrick (Smith 76),Sammon.
Subs Not Used: Bajner,Bru,Henshall,Bialkowski.

Scorers: Murphy 19,71.

Attendance: 24,354

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight).
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