The fourth round of Championship matches didn’t fail to satisfy, with numerous players scoring their debut club goals, an entertaining seven goal victory for one team and recently relegated teams still fighting with the Premier League in mind.
Peterborough v Ipswich was without a doubt the match to watch over the weekend. With a lead at 23 minutes courtesy of a skilful volley from Ipswich’s Keith Andrews, who is on a half-season loan from Top-flight Blackburn, the Posh only gained encouragement and responded right up until the 93rd minute with a Lee Tomlin hat-trick, two goals in Peter Taylor’s debut start and another two from skipper, Grant McCann. Ipswich’s misfortune wasn’t just at the brunt of Peterborough’s seven goals though, with Tommy Smith and Lee Martin both sent off in a clearly one-sided match.
Championship leaders Southampton and Derby County both continued a great winning streak to the season over the weekend. Whilst Millwall didn’t allow the Saints to intimidate them in a fairly open game, which Guly Do Prado took advantage of to award the Saints their fourth win in the league, Derby County demonstrated their best season start in 106 years by continuing to show flair for the ball as Kevin Kilbane, Steve Davies and Ben Davies all scored against Doncaster to remain in their manager, Nigel Clough’s good books – who’s father, Brian Clough won his first league title with Derby. The Donny’s are the only championship team still in search of their first point.
Third placed Brighton Hove lost out on joining the comfortable Saints and Ram’s on joint 12 points by letting a 2-0 lead against Blackpool slip away. At time Blackpool were en-route to a second defeat in a row, despite Kevin Phillips taking advantage of a great assist on the hour, but at 90 minutes the 38-year-old brought smiles back to the former Premier-league player’s faces and returned home with a point at hand.
Leicester City retained their record 40 years without having beaten Nottingham Forest in spite of leading up until the 79th minute. The two ex-England manager’s, Sven Goran Erikkson and Steve McClaren, both left the match frustrated, a point apiece, after Kasper Schmeichel’s sending off following a penalty he failed to save and a yellow card he claimed not to have noticed.
Sunday featured games from four ex-Premier league regulars, Middlesbrough v Birmingham and West Ham v Leeds. Despite playing in their first major European game for 49 years earlier in the week and leading with a 36-minute penalty, Birmingham’s defence couldn’t stand strong against Middlesbrough and they conceded three goals within 25-minutes. Adam Clayton made his first Leeds goal by scoring in injury time to deny West Ham their third win in four games.
Peterborough 7 – 1 Ipswich
Southampton 1 – 0 Millwall
Derby County 3 – 0 Doncaster Rovers
Brighton Hove 2 – 2 Blackpool
Nottingham Forest 2 – 2 Leicester City
Middlesbrough 3 – 1 Birmingham
West Ham 2 -2 Leeds United
Coventry City 0 – 0 Watford
Bristol City 0 – Portsmouth
Burnley 1 – 1 Cardiff City
Reading 1 – 2 Barnsley
Hull KR 0 – 1 Crystal Palace