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The International break means Championship teams now have a two-week rest before their next game. This article will look at the performance of the teams in the Championship bottom half so far, giving each one of them a grade.

24th Bolton Wanderers: U

Starting at the bottom, the only grade that Bolton deserve is a U. Despite their problems off the pitch, not winning a game in your first 11 games is very poor. They only have two points and have only scored four goals. They need a miracle to survive already at this early stage of the season.

23rd Sunderland: U

Another team with off-field problems, there is no excuse for a club that has just come down from the Premier League to be second bottom at any stage of the season. They only spent around £1.5 million this summer, but with experienced Premier League and International players, they should be doing a lot better. Summer signing Aiden McGeady adds a bit of spark to Sunderland and local lad George Honeyman has been their best player so far. Their experienced players need to step up.

22nd Birmingham City: D

If you sign over ten players in one transfer window, then you are going to need time to gel. Blues fans wont like the comparison, but in January, Villa signed numerous players and they did not perform straight away. Now, after playing together for six or more months, they look much more like a team.

Despite only winning two games, influential players like top scorer Che Adams and new arrival Jota are injured. When they have a full squad, who are injury free, I am sure they will slowly start to gel and move up the table.

21st Burton Albion: C

I am sure all Burton fans would take this position at the end of the season. They stayed up last season and will be looking to replicate that this season. They have the smallest budget in the league and are an underdog in every match. Back-to-back 4-0 home defeats doesn’t make good reading for Albion fans, but Nigel Clough has some experienced Championship players who he hopes can guide the Brewers to safety.

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