There was excitement aplenty for the neutrals, with 38 goals netted in this past round of mid-week Championship fixtures.
Nottingham Forest’s form has fast become the Division’s highest standard, Stuart Pearce’s side putting five past Fulham on Wednesday evening who thrice replied through Hugo Rodallega and a Ross McCormack brace to draw level. The Cottagers then dramatically took the lead before finally succumbing, Britt Assombalonga hitting three including a penalty to take him to the top of the Championship goal scoring charts; the victory leaves Forest at the league summit.
Meanwhile, Cardiff City’s forthcoming weekend opponents Derby County faced off against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. The home side had stormed up to eighth on the weekend, though despite Rudy Gestede’s late strike to bring the game back to 3-2, Rovers couldn’t find the equaliser. Derby now up to seventh.
Despite health concerns surrounding the currently hospital-bound Oscar Garcia, his Watford team valiantly pulled through to beat Blackpool at Bloomfield Road by a solitary goal on Tuesday. The result sees the Hornets recover from their defeat at the hands of Charlton on Saturday – a blip which came after three straight wins. They now sit third in the table, first to fifth each separated by a point.
In other news, Wolves found a reply to Charlton Athletic’s earlier effort to draw 1-1 – the point sustaining the Addicks’ unbeaten record this year. Reading overcame Millwall 3-2 to stay in the mix at this early stage, while(on loan City striker)Joe Mason scored a perfect hat-trick to pull Bolton Wanderers out of the relegation zone in less than 25 minutes at the Reebok against Rotherham United. The 23-year-old equalised with his right on the hour mark, headed a second past Andy Lonergan on 80 minutes and then secured his side’s 3-2 victory four minutes later.
Fulham remain rooted to the bottom accompanied by Blackpool, both sides still stuck on a point. Birmingham City’s form sees their slide continue, now in search of their first win in six.Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United all came away victorious from their respective fixtures.
CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS (16/17th SEPTEMBER)
Birmingham City 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Derby County
Blackpool 0-1 Watford
Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Rotherham United
Bournemouth 1-3 Leeds United
Brentford 0-3 Norwich City
Cardiff City 0-1 Middlesbrough
Charlton Athletic 1-1 Wolves
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Wigan Athletic
Ipswich Town 2-0 Brighton Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest 5-3 Fulham
Reading 3-2 Millwall