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.

Coca-Cola Football League Championship Table

Bristol City miss chance to go top

Bristol City failed to go top of the Coca-Cola Championship on Monday evening, but were very fortunate to come away with a draw.

Crystal Palace took the lead midway through the second half with a Lee Hills volley; and when Palace keeper Julian Speroni made a double save from Bradley Orr’s penalty with just seven minutes remaining Neil Warnock’s men looked like they were going to come away with all three points.

But deep into stoppage time, a header from Jamie McCombe rescued a point for Bristol City.

Bristol City stay in third place, one point behind Stoke City and Watford.