Coca-Cola Championship round up

Bristol City and Stoke only managed to stretch their lead at the top of the Coca-Cola League Championship at the weekend by a single point.

Bristol City couldn’t score as they drew 0-0 away at Ian Holloway’s struggling Leicester.  While Stoke City came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Burnley.

Watford (62 points) didn’t have a fixture and now have a game in-hand over Stoke (63 points) and Bristol City (66 points).

Things are looking good for West Brom.  Five points ahead of Charlton, in fourth place and only five points behind leaders Bristol City, with two games in hand.

Weather permitting, there are 10 games scheduled for tomorrow night, including the mouth-watering Bristol City v Watford.

Stoke are away to Norwich; and Charlton will need to beat Burnley at Turf Moor, if they are to keep any dream of automatic promotion alive.

Cardiff and West Brom, who both won through to the FA Cup semi-finals at the the weekend, play on Wednesday night.  Cardiff are at home to sixth place Hull, while West Brom entertain ninth place Crystal Palace.

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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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.

Watford – top of the Coca-Cola Championship

Watford go back to the top of the Coca-Cola Football League Championship Table after a 1-0 win over Ian Holloway’s Leicester City.

Darius Henderson scored just before half-time, two minutes after Watford had been reduced to 10 men. John-Joe O’Toole, the man with a name like a jockey, was sent off for pulling back Stephen Clemence.

Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd didn’t disagree with the foul by O’Toole but did disagree with the sending off as he said he could see a covering defender.

Leicester are now seriously fighting for survival just two places above the relegation zone, having played more games than all four teams below them.

Leicester manager Ian Holloway told the BBC:

“The chairman will not be happy, I know. We’ve lost our last three games, I’m a manager and I’m paid to win games but I accept that.”

Watford go one point clear of Bristol City, and two points clear of Stoke City in third.

Bristol City sneaked a 1-0 win away to Scunthorpe.  While Stoke held on to a 3-0 half time lead to beat Southampton 3-2.

West Bromich Albion drop to fourth place after a goaless draw against Sheffield United at The Hawthorns.