The cold snap continued to play havoc with the weekend NPower Championship fixtures as three games were postponed and one was abandoned 37 minutes in. But, with a full fixture list on Tuesday evening, there was plenty of action to enjoy. Here, TheHardTackle assess the goings on and picks a Team of the Week for Round 30 and 31. ————— . GK ai??i?? Adam Federici (Reading) Reading picked up 6 points from two games in four days, thanks to no small part played by goalkeeper Adam Federici. In the 2-0 home game against Coventry City on Saturday, the Australian stopper made no fewer than three fantastic saves, most notably when he dived the wrong way but managed to stick out his left arm to brilliantly divert Sky Bluesai??i?? striker Alex Nimelyai??i??s shot over the bar. On Tuesday evening, Federici kept another clean sheet as the Royals bagged an impressive 1-0 away win at Derby County to consolidate their place in […]

It is a busy week ahead in the second tier of English football, with plenty of games to look forward to. Here, TheHardTackleAi??takes a look at 10 things to look out for in the next 7 days of NPower Championship action: ———– 1. 24 games over four days With almost two-thirds of the season gone, we are starting to reach the business end of the campaign. From now on in, the fixtures will come thick and fast with teams desperately fighting to avoid relegation or keep alive their dreams of promotion to the Premier League. This week sees a taste of what is in store as Saturdayai??i??s round of fixtures is quickly followed by a midweek set on Tuesday. With 24 games in four days, there promises to be lots of entertainment, goals and talking points. With six points on offer for all sides and the table extremely close, there could be a completely different complexion on the Championship table […]

With most of the country covered in snow, two games were postponed this weekend, but there was still enough NPower Championship action to enjoy. Here, TheHardTackle assess the weekend’s goings on and picks a Team of Round 29. ————— GK ai??i?? Jason Steele (Middlesbrough) Middlesbrough keeper Jason Steele produced some fine saves as Boro drew 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace. In snowy conditions, Steele saved well from Jermaine Easter, before tipping a Chris Martin shot around the post. The second half saw the keeper deny the Palace front two again, whilst he also pulled off a splendid stop to deny Wilfried Zaha. Both teams have failed to win in the league this year, with Boro dropping to sixth, whilst Palace remain mid-table. RB ai??i?? Adam Smith (Leeds United) Adam Smith impressed on his Leeds United debut as the Whites won 3-0 at Bristol City. The twenty-year old signed on-loan from Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day and immediately took his […]

[From The Archives] The rivalry between Millwall and West Ham United is one of the oldest and most venomous football rivalries in the world. TheHardTackle tries to look into what makes the fans hate each other so much and also analyses the prospect of the two clubs being in the same league.

As the NPower Championship returns this weekend after making way for the FA Cup fourth round, TheHardTackle takes a look at 10 things you should be looking out for in the next 7 days of NPower Championship action.

Another weekend of NPower Championship football sees fixtures from the past, players joining and leaving the division and a couple of six-pointers. TheHardTackle takes a look at 10 things you should be looking out for in the next 7 days of NPower Championship action: ———– 1. A retro Premier League fixture list When reading this weekai??i??s NPower Championship fixture list, you would be forgiven for thinking you have gone back in time and are perusing the Premier League schedule. This is due to the fact that out of 12 matches on offer this weekend, five of them pit a former Premier League team against a side that they met in the top division. At St Andrews, Birmingham City entertain Watford, whilst still in the Midlands, bottom side Coventry City play host to Middlesbrough. Over in Yorkshire, former Premier League giants Leeds United play Ipswich Town at Elland Road, whilst struggling Nottingham Forest travel to East London to face West Ham […]

The weekend saw the NPower Championship top two both win away from home, Nick Barmby celebrated his full-time job with a win and Birmingham hit Millwall for six! TheHardTackle assesses all the action and picks a Team of Round 26. ————— GK – Frank Fielding (Derby County) Derby County keeper Frank Fielding was in fine form as his side beat Coventry City 2-0 to record a fourth successive league win. With the Sky Blues dominating the first half, Fielding was called into action to deny Gary McShefferey. With the scores still level with less than 20 minutes to go, Fielding saved from McShefferey again as he brilliantly parried the striker’s flick header. The save proved crucial as soon after, Derby scored to take all three points. RB – Inigo Calderon (Brighton and Hove Albion) Spanish right-back Inigo Calderon scored his first goal of the season as Brighton beat Bristol City 2-0 at The Amex Stadium. Eight minutes before half-time and […]