1 – Steve Lomas really has his work cut out at Millwall
When you’re thrashed by Derby County, you know you’ve got a tough job ahead of you and that’s exactly what Steve Lomas has on his hands at Millwall. The ex- West Ham midfielder may quickly begin to question his decision to leave St. Johnstone after finishing 3rd in last year’s SPL because instead of tasting European football he’s battling to drag his current side off the bottom of The Championship. Derby eased to victory, thanks to a Craig Bryson hatrick as Millwall simply failed to turn up for a game they would have looked at as winnable and a potential turning point to their season. However as it is, The Lions are rooted to the bottom of the league and the fans are not very happy!
2 – Sheffield Wednesday need to start holding on to their leads
Despite taking the lead after 25 minutes through Atdhe Nuhiu , Sheffield Wednesday drew at home to 10-men Yeovil who had Byron Webster sent off just before the interval. It’s not the only time The Owls have let a lead slip this season. Dave Jones’ side have thrown away 11 points form winning positions this season including the last three fixtures: had they held onto those points they would find themselves third in the league. The Owls have shown they can perform at this level and with a bit of concentration they could potentially push into the top half but unless they start to capitalise on these winning positions, Wednesday will have no one to blame but themselves should they become anchored into a relegation fight.
3 – Middlesbrough are not living up to expectations, again
Six games in and ‘Boro have won only once while collecting three further points through draws and for many this start to campaign simply isn’t good enough: many tipped them for promotion. A 3-1 thrashing away to Ipswich Town highlighted just how far away Tony Mowbray’s side are from the top and with some good players in the squad – fans will soon become disgruntled. Boro took the lead through Albert Adomah’s scissor kick but couldn’t handle the Tractor Boy’s comeback, who impressed despite speculation linking their current manager – Mick McCarthy – to the Republic of Ireland job. David McGoldrick equalised just after the half hour mark, before Luke Chambers gave Ipswich the lead and McGoldrick secured the victory in injury time. This defeat meant that it was the first time in 7 years that ‘Boro have failed to win more than one game in their first opening six games, fans will be hoping that form starts to pick up soon.
4 – Birmingham City need to stick with Lee Clark
The Geordie has a hard job at St. Andrews: a lack of funds and sale of a star player like Nathan Redmond was always going to make this season a case of damage limitation and four defeats from the first six games has proved just how tough the job is going to be in The Championship. However, the Blues are playing good football and have been unlucky not to pick up more points with Saturday being a prime example against big spenders QPR, who beat the Blues 1-0. Charlie Austin scored his first goal for The Hoops but City could have had a point had they simply taken their chances: Lee Novak hitting the post and Andrew Shinnie wasting a good opportunity before QPR took the lead. It’s not been a good start for the Blues, their worst in 25 years but sacking Lee Clark now wouldn’t solve anything, it’s a case of taking chances infront of goal.
5 – The Lancashire Derby is a little feisty, isn’t it?
Burnley took on Blackburn this weekend in what is one of The Championship’s most fierce rivalries, and the Clarets will be feeling a little hard done by not to take all three points, stopped from doing so only by a late equaliser by Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes. The atmosphere at Turf Moor was cracking and the game was a fine advert of what The Championship has to offer. The home crowd erupted with 15 minutes left as Junior Stanislas took the lead with an absolute cracking strike, which was very much deserved. However a poor pass back by Scott Arfield allowed Jordan Rhodes in to equalise before Rovers were reduced to 10 men as last man Lee Williamson pulled down Danny Ings as it looked like Burnley were to win in at the death.