Holloway is coming, Holloway is coming, Holloway is coming, ten days of league football. Yes as we enter the fourth day of the 10 games in 10 days for the former Blackpool, Millwall, QPR, Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers boss, we can reminiss with him on the previous three days we have enjoyed. It’s great to know there is so much left and we haven’t even hit Boxing Day yet.
What a time to be alive. Here’s this weekend’s award winners (no Young Player this week, pick your game up boys):
FANS OF THE WEEKEND: Bristol City
A great turn-out by the Robins faithful was rightfully rewarded as plenty of fans filled the away end to watch Bristol City win 2-1 against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Goals from Jonathan Kodjia and Aden Flint gave the promoted side a vital three points as they leapfrogged their opponents into 19th in the Championship table.
It was just their second win away from home and Steve Cotterill’s side will be delighted by the fantastic following they had taken all the way to Yorkshire. A performance like this might just be the springboard they need this season.
GOAL OF THE WEEKEND: John-Joe O’Toole – Northampton Town
Don’t we all love a good ol’ set-piece routine that works absolutely perfectly? Of course we do. Players don’t spend all of those hours on the training ground for nothing and it’s good to see it pay off.
The Cobblers had a free-kick during their fantastic 4-3 win against Luton Town, they played it short then to the edge of the box and then through to John-Joe O’Toole, who was through on goal and neatly slotted the ball home.
Chris Wilder will be ecstatic with that and the result that sends Northampton to the top of the league. It’s not been a bad week for the club, great to see them doing so well after some tough times.
MOMENT OF THE WEEKEND: Oxford own goal
Carlisle United have not had the best of weeks and credit to their players in helping the local community after the heavy floods hit the Cumbrian area recently.
It was also nice of Oxford to gift them a very silly goal that helped earn them a point against the then league-leaders.
The defence could not clear the initial ball, Joe Skarz tried to get rid at the second attempt but it cannoned off teammate Chey Dunley and into the goal. Sensational stuff, you have to watch this goal to believe the ridiculousness of it.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Derby County 2-2 Brighton and Hove Albion
There were a few terrific games this week, especially in League Two, but when two heavyweight Championship sides duke it out in spectacular fashion, you have to give it to them.
It was a huge game going in and Brighton continued to impress, taking the lead after Manchester United loanee James Wilson gave them the lead. Bradley Johnson leveled it up before half-time before another loanee, Rajiv van la Parra from Wolves, put the Seagulls back on top.
However, Derby earned themselves a point in controversial circumstances as they were given a questionable penalty and Chris Martin tucked it away in the final minutes. It’s one that split the audience on Football League Tonight, I thought it was a penalty but it did little to sour a great encounter.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Liam Noble – Notts County
It was a terrific game at Meadow Lane and that was personified by the superb performance by the home side’s midfielder Liam Noble.
When Notts County saw themselves behind by two goals early doors against in-form Newport County but Noble dragged his team back in the game. He scored their first and his free-kick hit the post that eventually led to their second.
Noble decided the game as it was tied 3-3 with time running out but the former Carlisle United man grabbed the goal that earned his side the three points. A quality performance and one he will remember for some time to come.
TEAM OF THE WEEKEND: Burton Albion
What a reaction from the Burton Albion players. They lose their terrific young manager in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and they play as if he has never left.
A red card for Gillingham’s Doug Loft in the first half helped their cause but the away side were still a stern test, with the Brewers not seeing the game off fully until the final few minutes of the game.
The win lifts them to the top of the table, an ideal situation for new manager Nigel Clough to walk into and try to emulate the heroics he performed at the club in the past. If he can keep up their recent momentum, it could be the most exciting season yet at the Pirelli Stadium.