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 – 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 Blues’ striker Alex Nimely’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 […]

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, […]

Another weekend of Championship football saw a flurry of goals, the leaders show their fighting spirit, Boro bounce back, Palace and Birmingham continue their fine form and the Lions finally roar. All these and more are covered in TheHardTackle’s Top 6 highlights of Round 13 of the Championship. ——————– 10-men Saints escape with a point Five points clear going in to the weekend, leaders Southampton travelled to The Madjeski Stadium to face Reading. The Royals were the better side for large periods, with Simon Church, Adam Le Fondre and Mikele Liegertwood all going close. At the other end, Reading keeper Adam Federici pulled off a stunning save to keep out an Aaron Martin header. On 71 minutes, the home side took a deserved lead when Liegertwood fried in after a Jobi McAnuff free-kick had hit the post. Six minutes later, Reading were also a player up as Saints skipper Dean Hammond was sent-off for a second yellow card. . But […]