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.Ai??Leeds United tribute to Gary Speed The football world in still in shock following last Sundayai??i??s tragic death of Wales manager Gary Speed. Tributes and messages praising Speedai??i??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 Tuesdayai??i??s match at Nottingham Forest, the travelling Leeds faithful sung Speedai??i??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 Birminghamai??i??s case, a European campaign), some rounds of games have to be played midweek. The next seven days sees one such week, as Saturdayai??i??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 Birminghamai??i??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 Freedmanai??i??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 ai???reminded me of Gordon Banksai???, referring to the legendary England keeperai??i??s save against Brazilian superstar Pele in the 1970 World Cup. RB ai??i?? 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 successiveAi??home wins overall.Ai??As so often is the case,Ai??the Saints’ attacking players grabbed the headlines, but theAi??performance of right-back […]