Coca-Cola Championship round up

This weekend’s fixtures started on friday evening and were completed yesterday afternoon. Here’s all this weekend’s results.

Friday 15th February:

Stoke City 3 Scunthorpe 2

Saturday 16th February:

Charlton 2 Watford 2

Hull 1 Colchester 1

Ipswich 2 Blackpool 1

Leicester 4 Norwich 0

Bristol City have a chance to go top of the Coca-Cola League Championship tomorrow night when they play Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate.

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.

Kevin Blackwell takes over at Sheffield United

It was officially announced by the club last night, that manager Bryan Robson and his assistant Brian Kidd had left Sheffield United.

It has been suggested that Bryan Robson was offered another job within the club but decided not to take the position in a meeting with the chairman and Sheffield United owner in Brussels.

Robson and Kidd will be replaced until the end of the season by former Luton Town and Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell, and his assistant Sam Ellis.

For more information visit the official Sheffield United website.

Andy Cole scores hat-trick for Burnley

Andy ColeFormer Manchester United, Newcastle and England striker, Andy Cole still has an appetiite for scoring goals. Last night he scored a hat-trick for Burnley against Queens Park Rangers.

Cole has now scored four goals in two games while on loan from Premiership Sunderland and was the difference between the two Championship teams yesterday. QPR fans gave Cole a standing ovation as he left the pitch and several called BBC Radio Five Live to compliment Cole’s classy performance.

QPR went into a two goal lead before Andy Cole helped Burnley win the match 4-2.

He told Radio Lancashire:

“It felt as good as it did on Saturday when I got my first [against Colchester]. It’s the same as when I was a kid – nothing changes.”

The three points helps Burnley climbed to seventh in the Coca-Cola League Championship table, one place and one point behind Ipswich Town and the play-off places.