Another dramatic weekend in the Championship. Who made The72 team of the week, find out here.
Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City – Arguably the best goal keeper in the Championship and he was on form in the top of the table clash against Watford. Not many teams will come away from Vicarage Road with a clean sheet and Leicester are in debt to Schmeichel who made some key saves to keep the Hornets at bay.
James Perch – Wigan Athletic – The experienced full back put in a solid performance to help Wigan to a vital home win after a run of three league games without a win. A number of useful blocks and interceptions from Perch as they came out 2-1 winners against Huddersfield.
Matt Mills – Bolton Wanderers – Mills led the Bolton back line from the off and despite a bright start from opponents Bournemouth, under his stewardship keeper Andy Lonegran had little to do all game. Dominant in the air and hard in the tackle Mills limited the Cherries to tame long range efforts and ended their record of scoring in each of their Championship games this season.
Scott Dann – Blackburn Rovers – Dann played a similar role to Mills for Blackburn as Rovers saw off Middlesbrough with a single goal but we will get to that later. It was going to be a test for Blackburn to keep Middlesbrough from scoring after they netted four last week against Doncaster. Only Blackburn’s third clean sheet of the season and Dann can be pleased with the part he played at the heart of their defence.
Rudolph Austin – Leeds United – Picked out as the key man in Friday’s Championship preview, Austin did not disappoint as he controlled the game from back to front giving Leeds a 2-0 home win against Yeovil in a rather scrappy game. Known for his tackling prowess and aggression it was no surprise that Austin is making a name for himself in the Championship, but he also provided both assists for the goals in this one showing another dimension to his game.
Jason Lowe – Blackburn Rovers – Every player dreams of scoring a memorable first goal for the team he has played for since his childhood. However, even Jason Lowe probably couldn’t have imagined opening his Blackburn with a goal like his winner against Middlesbrough. Lowe’s effort from all of 25 yards thundered into the top corner earning his side three points and the academy graduate all the plaudits. A moment he will never forget.
Lee Chung-Yong – Bolton Wanderers – From the outset it was clear that Lee was felt he had the beating of his man, Simon Francis, as he skipped past him in the opening minutes. The South Korean has shown glimpses of his talent this season, but there have been question marks over his end product. Early on this was evident with some good trickery to find space before a poor pass. He stuck to his game though and late in the first half slid a slide rule through ball for David Ngog who cooly rounded the keeper and slotted away what would end up being the winner.
Anthony Knockaert – Leicester City – It would be hard to know how Knockaert felt as he stepped back out onto the Vicarage Road turf after his infamous play off penalty miss and the subsequent Deeney goal which cost Leicester a possible place in the Wembley play off final. What can be said for certain is that he ousted revenge and buried any underlying demons he may have had as his Leicester side romped to a 3-0 win. The joy on his face as he wheeled away after he fired home from eight yards will be one of the pictures of the campaign.
Jim O’Brien – Barnsley – At long last it seems David Flitcroft is getting some luck. His decision to bring on O’Brien for the injured Jacob Mellis was as he said “the catalyst for us to get on the front foot” (BBC Sport). The Barnsley side came out for the second half reinvigorated and with O’Brien causing problems down the flanks and Ipswich looking more and more nervy as time progressed. O’Brien’s sweet volley from the edge of the area gave Barnsley a deserved point and put him in contention for a starting spot next week.
Ross McCormack – Leeds United – The Leeds striker gave his side what at a glance looked a comfortable home win, but was in fact an edgy game against strugglers Yeovil. McCormack’s second half brace was enough to see off the boys from Huish Park and take his tally to eight goals in all competitions this season. Two routine chances for the marksmen were clinically dispatch after being supplied from Rudolph Austin on both occasions as Leeds bounce back from the 3-2 loss to Huddersfield last week.
Matty Fryatt – Sheffield Wednesday – At long last and to manager Dave Jones relief Wednesday earned their first win of the season in style against Reading with Fryatt netting a goal in each half. After being set up by Antonio, Fryatt slotted the ball away to give Wednesday the lead in the opening 18th minutes and he put the game completely to bed scoring Wednesday’s 5th with a smart finish over the stranded McCarthy. Fryatt has scored four goals in his six games for Wednesday and he will hope to add to that as his loan was extended by a further month last week.