Can this weather not just go away now? Seven games across League One and Two were postponed this weekend due to the weather and while that means we have more games to come, it also means that the leagues get all uneven.
For those that made it through the storm-like weather this weekend, well done and kudos to you. Here’s this weekend’s award winners.
FANS OF THE WEEKEND: Ipswich Town
In a difficult weekend for travelling fans, there were a fair few solid attendances to choose from this weekend but Ipswich Town did just enough to pip other Championship teams to the post.
3,200 fans made the trip from Ipswich all the way to Loftus Road to support their playoff-chasing team. They were greeted by a 1-0 loss in the final few minutes as Bartosz Bialkowski’s resistance was broken by Matt Philips.
Despite their defeat and what looked to be a pretty one-sided affair, it’s always good to see a great away following. We saw plenty this weekend but it’s the Tractor Boys that get the award.
GOAL OF THE WEEKEND: Gary Hooper – Sheffield Wednesday
Wonderfully executed team goals are always a delight to behold and there might not have been a better one this season than Sheffield Wednesday’s opener against Birmingham, duly dispatched by Gary Hopper.
An exchange of passes between several of the Owls’ players eventually led to the former Norwich striker finding himself in front of goal and as he often has this season, Hooper stuck it gleefully into the back of the net.
It’s great to see him back to his confident best and the Sheffield club playing some superb football. It was the catalyst that earned them a 2-1 win and a playoff spot, they could have enough to hang on this season.
MOMENT OF THE WEEKEND: Unlucky 17 at Leeds
Another week, another strange thing from Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino.
The Italian has a hatred for the number 17, to the point where at his old club Cagliari, they replaced every chair branding that number to 16b. That also goes for the programme, as the club produced a copy for their 17th home game of the season as “issue 16b.”
It didn’t help the team hold off an in-form Nottingham Forest, who won 1-0 and extended their unbeaten run to 13 games. So who scored the winner? Oh, just loanee Nelson Oliveira. Who was wearing number 17.
I’m now worried that Cellino was on to something…
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Mansfield Town 2-1 Morecambe
Mansfield have been pretty poor at home this season, they would be the first to admit it, but they’ll be delighted to have sneaked a win in this one.
The Stags went behind after Kevin Ellison scored within the first minute, putting the home fans on edge yet again. However, goals from Matty Blair and Krystian Pearce earned them a big win that puts them firmly in the playoff spots.
However, they needed goalkeeper Scott Shearer to deny the visitors twice from the penalty spot. And manager Adam Murray was sent to the stands. So yeah, this was a pretty eventful encounter.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Charlie Wyke – Carlisle United
Tip to everyone who watched this one, put this kind of performance in and you can earn yourself a new deal like Charlie Wyke.
The Cumbrians forward scored and set up the second in a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley, their first home win since the floods in late 2015. It was a big result against a club looking up rather than down and could be the kind of three points that can galvanise a mid-table club.
A great moment for the club and for the young forward, who has certainly earned his new contract this week and could even help his side make a run for the playoff places in a tight League Two.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Lee Gregory – Millwall
A player in fine form, Millwall striker Lee Gregory helped fire his side to a superb 3-0 victory away from home against high-flying Walsall.
Wolves loanee Jed Wallace, who also had a excellent game, teed up the forward’s first before Gregory put the icing on the cake after he was unleashed in behind the Saddler’s defence.
That increases his tally to 17 for the season and extends the Lions unbeaten run to five. They are in the playoff spots and with the form Gregory is in, they could fancy their chances in surging into the automatic promotion places
TEAM OF THE WEEKEND: Southend United
A derby win always feels pretty good, a convincing victory tastes even sweeter and that’s exactly what Southend United got against Colchester United.
A goal from former U’s man Andy Wordsworth, Adam Barrett and loanee Sam McQueen sealed the win, all in the final 10 minutes of the game. Alex Gilbey’s red helped the hosts gain a stronger foothold and Phil Brown’s men went on the take the local bragging rights.
Despite the abhorrent conduct of one fan that leaves a bit of a bitter taste, this was a real football game played with heart from both teams. However, it’s the Shrimps that reap the benefit of another three points as they stay in the playoff race.