You’ve almost certainly heard somebody boldly proclaim the Championship is the ‘most unpredictable and competitive league in the world’.
Guess what, they might absolutely be right. You never know who is going to win from one week to the other, and often the results page is as dysfunctional as the lineage of WWE’s 24/7 title – or for us older folk, the good old Hardcore title.
The latest round of fixtures were the eighth on the 46-game calendar, and were full of the usual thrills, spills and Ted DiBiase million dollar bills. But who came up trumps and who sagged like a wet sponge? (is that even a thing?)
Here’s who, courtesy of 90min‘s winners and losers.
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth wasn’t actually at his side’s game against Sheffield Wednesday, as he was cooped up in hospital.
In his absence, his side won 1-0 to register their first-ever win at Championship level.
Reading have been the surprise package of the season, and rocked up to Birmingham’s St Andrew’s on Friday night ready to dissect, erm, Coventry.
Instead, the table toppers did what all table toppers do in this division; lost and lost well.
I say well, they did score twice – but more importantly, they conceded three against a side who had been marooned in the bottom three. That’ll teach them to be complacent.
No, your eyes do not deceive you – QPR were indeed playing in red and white stripes against Cardiff, a reference to their highly successful 1975/76 season.
The change in colour seemed to do wonders for their goalscoring touch, as they raced into a two-goal lead against the Bluebirds. Inevitably, they threw that away, only to be rescued by Dominic Ball’s stunning stoppage-time winner.
A first win in eight and one that was badly, badly needed.
There won’t be many football fans feeling much sympathy for Millwall after their crushing 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield – mainly because they’re Millwall.
In fairness, they probably won’t be feeling very sorry for themselves on account of this performance. Gary Rowett’s side were unusually abject, gifting an away win to a side finally banishing the memories of Premier League relegation in 2018/19.
With Millwall emerging as losers, it seems fair to recognise Huddersfield’s away day magic with a place in 90min‘s prestigious winners category.
Slowly but surely, the Terriers are re-establishing themselves as a handy little Championship side, and everyone’s a winner when said club’s social media team unfurls a post containing a Peaky Blinders-themed flat cap.
Top stuff all round.
Bristol City have a habit of doing things well early doors, only to see their inner 1990s England cricket team alter ego burst out to spark absolute catastrophe.
In more simplistic English, the Robins are buggering up quite a good start to the campaign, and their 3-1 home defeat to Norwich was their latest blip.
They even allowed Teemu Pukki to score twice, which I’m pretty sure he gave up doing after peaking against Manchester City some time last season.