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Five Things We Learned

Posted: Mon 27 Jan 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Things to take from the weekend

Although the FA Cup took centre stage this weekend, there was still a handful of Championship games and plenty of talking points.

Promotion pushes and a new manager, here are five things we learned from the weekend.

Halliday's whirlwind...

48 hours after queuing for Wolf of Wall Street, Andy Halliday made it a debut to remember for The Seasiders this weekend.

The winger found out of Pool’s interest on Thursday evening whilst in the queue for the cinema, and by Saturday was scoring in the 1-1 draw with Doncaster.

New Owls manager...

After almost two months in caretaker charge, Sheffield Wednesday have appointed Stuart Gray as their new manager.

Since Dave Jones’ sacking, The Owls have taken 15 points under Gray, who has joined on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Having taken over with the club in 23rd, Gray has steadied the ship and has been rewarded. 

Foxes are flying...

At the top of The Championship Leicester took advantage of their rivals being out of action, as they extended their lead to eight points.

Their 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough was routine and was their seventh on the spin.

Nigel Pearson’s men have now scored 49 times this campaign and look comfortable.

Ipswich creeping up...

Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich moved to within two points of the play-offs after beating Reading, Blackpool’s next opponents.

Two second-half goals at Portman Road sealed Ipswich’s victory and put them within touching distance of their opponents in the table.

The result means The Royals prepared for their clash with The Seasiders with a defeat.

Orr's new challenge...

Following a spell with Blackpool, right-back Bradley Orr is now set to link up with Jermain Defoe at Toronto FC.

The Blackburn defender was on loan at Bloomfield Road, but made just four appearances and will now move to Canada.