Another weekend of action in the NPower Championship saw Ipswich town stage a remarkable comeback, the top two drop points and Hull CIty continue their fine form! TheHardTackle takes a look at which players have made our NPower Championship Team of Round 21. ————— GK – Alex McCarthy (Leeds United) On-loan reading keeper Alex McCarthy produced heroics as Leeds United drew 1-1 at Watford. The home side were already 1-0 up, when they were awarded a penalty in the second-half. But McCarthy saved brilliantly from Marvin Sordell, allowing the Whites to go on to rescue a point from the game. RB – Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City) Kevin McNaughton, who is one of the most consistent performers in the Championship, was at it again on Saturday as Cardiff City drew 0- at Millwall. As well as supporting the attacks whenever possible, Naughton was again assured defensively as the Bluebirds rearguard kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet. CB – Alex Pearce (Reading) Reading […]

TheHardTackle takes a look at 10 things you should be on the lookout for in the next 7 days of action in the NPower Championship. ———— 1. Leeds United tribute to Gary Speed The football world in still in shock following last Sunday’s tragic death of Wales manager Gary Speed. Tributes and messages praising Speed’s career and character have come in from all corners of the globe. The club where Speed started his career, Leeds United, have been particularly forthcoming in their tributes. In Tuesday’s match at Nottingham Forest, the travelling Leeds faithful sung Speed’s name for 11 minutes from the 11th minute onwards in memory of their former No 11. Fittingly, Robert Snodgrass opened the scoring for the Whites just as the tribute was ending. On Saturday, Leeds will play Millwall in their first home game since the news broke. With a floral tribute outside the ground and a minutes silence planned, the club have also announced that on Saturday, […]

TheHardTackle takes a look at 10 things you should be on the lookout for in the next 7 days of action in the NPower Championship. ———— 1. Games coming thick and fast An NPower Championship season sees teams play 46 games in what is a long and gruelling season. With so many games to fit in as well as domestic cup competitions (and in Birmingham’s case, a European campaign), some rounds of games have to be played midweek. The next seven days sees one such week, as Saturday’s 12 game line-up is quickly followed by a further 9 matches on Tuesday night. 2. Championship sides in Carling Cup The reason for the shortened midweek fixture list, along with Birmingham’s Europa League game away at Braga on Wednesday, The Championship still has two teams left in the last 8 of the Carling Cup. After defeating Crawley Town, Wigan Athletic, Middlesbrough and most recently Southampton, Dougie Freedman’s Crystal Palace have been rewarded […]

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 […]