Coca-Cola Championship Round Up

Bristol City extend their lead at the top of the Coca-Cola Football League Championship table with a 2-1 win over Hull City.

Bristol City are now two points clear of Stoke City, with a game in hand.

Stoke lost 3-0 at QPR, and were already 2-0 down when referee Andy D’Urso sent off Andy Griffin in the 44th minute. Stoke claim D’Urso has admitted the red card was a mistake.

Watford, West Brom and Charlton were the pre-season favourites to be battling it out for automatic promotion. As it stands, they are jostling for play-off places.

Watford lost further ground on the leaders as they could only manage a 2-2 draw at Burnley, while West Brom beat Plymouth with a convincing 3-0 win over Plymouth. And Charlton scored late goals in both halves to win at Sheffield United 2-0.

Before Christmas most pundits were talking down Bristol City as serious contenders for the Championship title, though all agreed they play very attractive ball-to-feet football. But now Christmas has gone and we are in the home straight, and Bristol City are still looking strong.

Can anyone remember the championship odds at the beginning of the season for Bristol City to win the Championship title?

Coca-Cola Championship round up

This weekend saw 12 games played on Saturday, resulting in another exciting week in the topsy-turvy Coca-Cola Championship season.

Stoke City beat Ipswich 1-0 at home, while Bristol City won at Colchester 2-1 to keep the push for the two automatic promotion places.

But Watford and West Brom both slipped up again. Watford disappointed their home fans with a 0-0 draw with Preston, while West Brom have gone completely off the boil, losing 2-1 at home to Hull.

The goal fest of the weekend has to go to Blackpool who beat Charlton 5-3!

After Blackpool taking a two goal lead (McPhee and Gorkss), Charlton fought back to draw 2-2 with two goals from Ambrose – all in the first 30 minutes. But in the second half Black pool came out firing on all cylinders to take a 5-2 lead; three goals (two for Taylor-Fletcher and one for new boy Paul Dickov) in a 25 minute spell, before Charlton pulled one back.

Here’s a complete list of Saturday’s results:

Blackpool 5-3 (HT 2-2) Charlton

Colchester 1-2 (HT 0-0) Bristol City

Coventry 2-0 (HT 1-0) Leicester

Crystal Palace 0-2 (HT 0-0) Wolverhampton

Norwich 1-0 (HT 1-0) Barnsley

Plymouth 3-1 (HT 2-1) Burnley

QPR 1-1 (HT 1-0) Sheff Utd

Scunthorpe 1-1 (HT 1-0) Southampton

Sheff Wed 1-0 (HT 1-0) Cardiff

Stoke 1-0 (HT 1-0) Ipswich

Watford 0-0 (HT 0-0) Preston

West Brom 1-2 (HT 1-1) Hull

Watford are now in 3rd place on 60 points, two behind Bristol City and four behind Stoke.

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Coventry name Chris Coleman as manager

Chris Coleman - New Coventry City managerCoventry City have named Chris Coleman as their new manager.  Coleman replaces Iain Dowie who was sacked on 11 February.

The former Real Sociedad and Fulham manager has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Coventry City.

Coleman said he was impressed with the chairman’s ambitions:

“The most important thing for me is where the club wanted to be in a few years’ time, and that is the Premier League.”

Coventry City are currently in 20th position in the Championship table, four points above the relegation zone.

Stoke City lead the Coca-Cola Championship

Charlton went in at half time leading Watford by two goals to nil, with goals from Darren Ambrose and an own goal by Danny Shittu. But Watford fought back in the second half with goals from John-Joe O’Toole and one in the right net by Danny Shittu, to complete a 2-2 draw.The point puts Watford level on points with Stoke City at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship.

Stoke came from two goals down themselves on Friday night, to beat Scunthorpe 3-2 with goals from Richard Cresswell and two from Liam Lawrence.

Stoke now lead Watford by goal difference, two points ahead of Bristol City in third.

Championship Barnsley knock Liverpool in FA Cup

Liverpool 1 Barnsley 2 was the shock of the round in yesterday’s fifth round FA Cup.

It took 32 minutes for Ryan Babel to set up Dirk Kuyt for Liverpool to take the lead; and it was only the fantastic saves by former Manchester United goalkeeper, Luke Steele, who had only been signed on an emergency loan from West Brom on Thursday because Barnsley’s other keepers were unavailable, that kept Barnsley in the game.

But in the second half Barnsley, even with the worst away record in the Coca-cola Championship, managed a 57th minute equaliser with a goal from Foster. And after a clear penalty shout was ignored Barnsley felt that luck was against them; and probably thought a replay would at least earn them some much needed cash.

But on 90 minutes there was time for one more Barnsley attack; and to the shock of the Kop, and no doubt disgust of the American owners, Liverppol were dumped out of the FA Cup when Brian Howard found the back of the net!

Liverpool had already had to replay First Division Luton in the third round, and twice come from behind to beat Havant & Waterlooville from the Conference South in the fourth round. Yesterday their time was up.