Happy new year everyone! With the new year comes the hope that your team can provide some more joy than they had in 2015 but much like those who have made New Year’s resolutions, many will fail to see it through.
So here are your award winners for the first weekend of 2016:
FANS OF THE WEEKEND: Huddersfield Town
For a team that doesn’t always have a huge away following, much respect goes to those Huddersfield Town fans that travelled to Bolton to see their team open up 2016 in the best possible way.
In a game between two sides that will hope for a brighter year, both looked to take the advantage but luck was on the away team in this one. A goal for Joe Lolley that rebounded back to the Terriers player off a Trotter’s defender was just the start as Huddersfield ran out 2-0 winners.
David Wagner has began to turn the tide and more performances like this will convince those who made the trip to follow them around the country as they try to steer clear of a relegation battle.
GOAL OF THE WEEKEND: Ross Wallace – Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham must be sick of the sight of Ross Wallace as the winger tormented them again but the sequel involved a superb strike in London.
After notching three assists and our Player of the Weekend award the last time the two sides met, the Scot scored one of his own this time, unleashing a real thunderbolt from distance that eventually settled the game.
That win puts Sheffield Wednesday in a great position to contend for the playoffs this season, which will delight the fans that have been stuck with mid-table mediocrity for too long.
MOMENT OF THE WEEKEND: Peterborough United’s Jack Baldwin’s odd own goal
The other club in Sheffield benefitted from a strange goal yesterday as Jack Baldwin somehow scored a very odd own goal.
After a good cross into the box from the left, the Posh goalkeeper saved the ball but it hit the head of Baldwin, who was on the ground, and slowly rolled into the back of the goal, much to the anguish of both players involved.
Luckily for him, his team managed to go on and win 3-2 in a thrilling encounter but if blooper DVDs were still around, it would certainly be on there. I will assume that a YouTube compilation will be the new place for future blooper highlight reels.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Notts County 2-4 Oxford United
If you needed a game to tell you that you should concentrate for a full 90 minutes, this would be a prime example.
After Liam Sercombe scored a controversial penalty before half time, Notts County took the lead after Jon Stead and Curtis Thompson scored after the break. However, Alex MacDonald then drew the away side level before Chris O’Dowda scored in the last minute.
Kemar Roofe made it four in added time and in a game where the referee got in the way of a free-kick routine for the Magpies, it just seemed like it was always going to be one of those days at Meadow Lane.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Adam Armstrong – Coventry City
With his loan deal from Newcastle United extended until the end of the season, Adam Armstrong seemed inspired to prove just how good he is in front of goal.
And unsurprisingly, he did. The young forward scored his first career hat-trick, full of well-placed finishes and an excellent strike, as he helped his side pummel Crewe 5-0 away from home.
He even had the time to miss probably his easiest chance near the end but when you’ve scored three before that, you’re allowed to laugh that off. If he can keep this lethal form up, along with the other young and loan talent at the club, they will be very dangerous in 2016.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: George Friend – Middlesbrough
We don’t tend to give this award to defenders so a top showing from George Friend absolutely deserves this for a superb display in yet another top two clash in the Championship.
The left-back started as he meant to go on as he joined in with almost every Middlesbrough attack, forcing Lee Grant into a magnificent save when he unleashed a thunderbolt from outside the box, with his right foot too.
He then stepped up late on to double his side’s lead as he found himself in the box for David Nugent to simply stroke the ball across to and Friend tapped it home for his first goal in just over a year. A great performance, where he was solid defensively as always, in a team that are riding high again.
TEAM OF THE WEEKEND: Chesterfield
Well, if you saw this one coming, the only explanation is that you are somewhat related to Mystic Meg because my word, Chesterfield put on a barnstormer at the Proact Stadium.
Lee Novak notched a hat-trick, while youngster Rai Simons and Jay O’Shea got themselves doubles as Danny Wilson got his reign at the Derbyshire club off to a real flyer against Shrewsbury Town.
He would have endered himself to the fans straight away, they have built another solid team that should be rising back up the table sooner rather than later. More entertaining results like these might see the gates bloat again and entertaining football looks to be back with the Spireites.