The weekend of action in the NPower Championship saw the top two enhance their promotion credentials, West Ham come from two behind to rescue a point, Watford continue their march up the table and Coventry's home form edge them closer to safety. Here, TheHardTackle assesses the action and picks a NPower Championship Team of the Week for Round 39.
Billy Sharp scored against his old club Doncaster at the weekend to give the Saints a vital win. TheHardTackle's guest author Josh Billinge looks at Sharp's quiet start to life at St. Mary's
Npower “Championship Tenner” is a weekly column that tells you the top 10 things to look forward to in England’s 2nd division. In this edition, Forest bask in the glory of hitting seven at Leeds, Reading must play without their lucky charm, there is a chink of light for crisis-club Portsmouth and “The Entertainers” are finally back. —- 1. Seven-Up Forest on a high…. Result of the week, if not the season so far in the Npower Championship, was Nottingham Forest’s stunning 7-3 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road. Star of the show was winger Gareth McCleary, who helped himself to four goals as Steve Cotterill’s men moved further clear of the relegation zone. Next up for a Forest team high on confidence is two games against in-form sides; fourth placed Brighton at home on Saturday, followed by a trip to local rivals Leicester City on Tuesday, a side which thumped Forest 4-0 in a FA Cup replay earlier […]
The weekend of action in the NPower Championship saw the Football League Player of The Year prove it was the right choice, Reading win again and a series of stalemates. Here, TheHardTackle assesses the action and picks a NPower Championship Team of the Week for Round 37.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert was recently crowned Championship Player of the Year. TheHardTackle's guest author Josh Billinge takes a look at the rise of the Saint.
“Championship Tenner” is a weekly column that tells you the top 10 things to look forward to in England’s 2nd division. In this edition, there is a double header of fixtures again, the Championship Player of The Year aims to fire the leaders, Ian Holloway faces his former club and Ipswich town look for revenge. —- 1. Two sets of fixtures again Things couldn’t be any tighter as the Championship season draws to a climax. The top three are seperated by only three points, whilst with only a six point gap between fourth and 11th, there are plenty of teams in the race for a play-off place. At the bottom it is just as tight. Portsmouth are rooted to the bottom following their points deduction, but above them the likes of Coventry City, Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest has seen more clubs pulled into the relegation dogfight, with seven points seperating five teams. The next week could see the league […]
In another exciting weekend of NPower Championship action, Southampton extended their lead at the top, Reading made it eight wins out of eight, whilst the teams at the bottom continued to scrap for their lives. Here, TheHardTackle selects a Team of The Week for the weekend's action:-
TheHardTackle's guest author Lewis Ward evaluates whether it is the club's experimental transfer policy that has got them to the brink of safety.
TheHardTackle's guest author Ben Rawlings tells a beautiful tale of Brighton's community-building and community-engaging experience. This is where football matters as more than just a game.
Thames Sports Investment are due to takeover Readinf football club and while Portsmouth are in complete tatters, it doesn't look like Reading is going the same way. TheHardTackle's guest author Jamie Harden takes a look at the situation.