In another action-packed weekend in the NPower Championship, TheHardTackle takes a look at the star performers who have made our Championship Team of The Week. ———- ———- GK – Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) Blackpool came away from Middlesbrough with a 2-2 draw, thanks largely to a brilliant display from goalkeeper Matt Gilks. Although he was beaten twice by Boro striker Scott MacDonald, Gilks made no fewer than five fantastic saves. His best save was a point-blank one-handed stop to prevent MacDonald from getting his hat-trick. Blackpool boss Ian Holloway later proclaimed that the save “reminded me of Gordon Banks”, referring to the legendary England keeper’s save against Brazilian superstar Pele in the 1970 World Cup. RB – Frazer Richardson (Southampton) Runaway leaders Southampton beat Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 to make it 9 home league wins out of 9 this season and 20 successive home wins overall. As so often is the case, the Saints’ attacking players grabbed the headlines, but the performance of right-back […]
TheHardtackle's guest author Jamie Harden takes a look at how Reading has been coping with the loss of key players and a demoralizing play-off final defeat at the back end of last season.
Southampton host Brighton, Liverpool's Shelvey looks to add to the tally and Europa League participants Birmingham play catch up! TheHardTackle points out 10 things to look out for in the next 7 days of NPower Championship football.
After sitting pretty at the top early in the season, Gus Poyet's side has encountered a major dip in form leaving them in mid-table. Ahead of a trip to Southampton, TheHardTackle's guest author Ben Rawlings takes a look at their star signing's time so far!
Doncaster Rovers have a bizarre transfer policy these days. TheHardTackle's guest author Lewis Ward tells you why the proposition may not be beneficial in the long term...
The Fratton Park faithful had a roller-coaster side with plenty of names linked to the vacant managerial post. In the end, they had to settle for an untested manager. TheHardTackle's guest author Tony Goodall describes the supporters' lack of optimism towards this appointment.
Nigel Adkins' Southampton have won an incredible 17 straight matches at home. TheHardTackle's guest author Josh Billinge tells you the reasons behind it.
After sacking Keith Millen so early in the season, the fans were unsure of new manager Derek McInnes. However, they've been relatively pleased with the new manager. Does he show signs of lasting the distance? TheHardTackle's guest author Paul Binning explores the question.
Npower Championship club Cardiff's supporters have seen Malky Mackay to hopes of promotion. And in Joe Mason, they have unearthed a gem! TheHardTackle's guest author Paul Gronow describes the Welsh club's season thus far.
The Top three all get maximum points, Cardiff move to fourth, Good and Bad boys strike for Donny and Peterborough in another goal-fest. All these and more are covered in TheHardTackle’s Top 6 highlights of Round 16 of the Championship.