Matchday Five in the Sky Bet Championship is over and a few teams are standing out with some great early showings, while others are standing out for the wrong reasons with some second-rate performances.
With this round of fixtures over the Championship is taking a two week break due to the International Break which is accommodating friendlies and European Championship 2016 qualifiers.
In Saturday’s early kick-off Sheffield Wednesday hosted Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough. Forest took a first half lead through a Henri Lansbury header assisted by former Owl Michael Antonio. The match finished 1-0 to Forest leaving them top of the table and unbeaten in the first five. Wednesday finished the day in 10th.
Watford kept the pace in 2nd place beating Huddersfield 4-2 at Vicarage Road, Almen Abdi grabbed a brace for the home side with Troy Deeney and Keith Andrews finishing the scoring for the Hertfordshire club. Harry Bunn and Murray Wallace twice levelled for the away side who had a one-man advantage after Gabriel Tamas was sent off on the 65th minute for a second bookable offence. The defeat left the Yorkshire club one place above the relegation zone.
The Division’s play off places are occupied by Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City, Millwall and Charlton Athletic. Wolves and Millwall secured wins over Blackburn and Blackpool respectively while Norwich drew 1-1 with Bournemouth with Lewis Grabban scoring against his former club. Charlton maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-2 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Elsewhere in the table Derby County played out a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town, Derby are currently in 7th with Ipswich sitting in 19th. Brentford left it late in each half to earn a 2-0 win away to Rotherham. Brentford sit in 8th and Rotherham sit in 17th.
Cardiff equalised early in the second half to deny Fulham a first win of the season but the London club still sit in the relegation zone with only one point, the welsh side sit in 9th.
Middlesbrough hosted Reading at the Riverside but could not make home advantage count as Reading ran out 1-0 winners to move up to 15th and leave ‘Boro in 16th. Wigan Athletic entertained a below average Birmingham City side at the DW Stadium and had a comprehensive 3-0 lead at half time, the game finished 4-0 to the home side. The Latics sit in 12th with the Blues in 20th.
At Elland Road, it was the club’s first game since the sacking of David Hockaday, Neil Redfearn took temporary charge of the team. Leeds have Marco Silvestri to thank after a Man of the Match performance in goal kept his side 1-0 up after a first half goal from Stephen Warnock.
Bolton remain in the relegation zone without a win with Leeds moving up to 18th. Leeds also announced after the game the signing of Brazilian Playmaker Adryan Oliveira Tavares on a season long loan deal from Brazilian Serie A side Flamengo.
Stuart Connolly, Pundit Arena.