There were buckets of goals in the Championship this past weekend. Three matches had 3-0 scorelines (Plymouth beat Norwich, Charlton beat Cardiff, Hull beat Preston), West Brom thumped 10-man Coventry 4-0, Sheffield Wednesday lit up Southampton for five goals and Ipswich embarrassed Bristol City by a 6-0 scoreline.
For Coventry, striker Michael Mifsud was sent off after only 10 minutes for a nasty and flagrant elbow on defender Carl Hoefkens, but it took the Baggies until the 56th minute to capitalize on their advantage. Filipe Teixeira ran riot for West Brom with two goals and set up another.
As Brian mentioned on the most recent episode of the Championship Talk podcast, Southampton’s defence was shambolic against Sheffield Wednesday. The prime example for me was early into the secound half on Akpo Sodje’s first goal when four Southampton defenders could not contain two Wednesday forwards. They all appeared confused and simply stood off Sodje as he fired the ball past Kelvin Davis. That seemed to open the floodgates and Wednesday had the run of the match the rest of the way. Manager George Burley said “To concede in the manner we did was ridiculous. You can’t defend like that.” The Owls are now unbeaten in four matches and look to be turning their season around.
Promotion favourites, Charlton, sit in third place just two points back of West Brom. Chris Iwelumo was on target again for Charlton and now has 7 goals in 16 appearances this season and has been a very solid signing. The loss for Cardiff pushed them to the edge of the relegation zone. They remain above the drop solely on goal difference and the heat will be turned up on manager Dave Jones. Jones has already been under fire for the team’s poor start, been taken to task for missing a reserve game to attend the launch of chairman Peter Ridsdale’s book and has been put up “for sale” on eBay, by a disgruntled fan who hoped the club would take the hint and sack Jones.
In a battle of struggling sides, Norwich’s extended their run without a victory to 12 matches while Plymouth grabbed their first victory in four attempts.
Ipswich were powered by a Jonathan Walters hat trick as they cruised past Bristol City. They continued their 100 per cent record at Portman Road in the league this season and tore apart an opposition side that many expected to present them with a tough match. Ipswich looked a class apart at times and David Wright’s header for the second goal was a thing of beauty.