Five stories to take from the weekend's round of football
We all know by now that Blackpool claimed three points from Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, so now we’ve highlighted a few Championship stories you may have missed this weekend.
From Gary MacKenzie’s headwear to Pool’s upcoming opponents firing on all cylinders, here are five things we learned.
Three vacant hot seats
As we approach the festive period there were three chairmen out of the spirit, as three managers became jobless. First Barnsley dismissed David Flitcroft hours after a 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham, after he’d kept the club up last season. Next Blackpool’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday cost Dave Jones his job, who was relieved of his duties on Sunday. Finally, this morning Owen Coyle paid the price for a slow start with Wigan, as yesterday’s defeat to Derby was a loss too far.
Gary MacKenzie loves the Terry Butcher look
For the second time this season Blackpool’s tough centre half was forced into taking up the Terry Butcher look mid-way through Saturday’s game with Sheffield Wednesday. The stand-in captain had his head bandaged up following a clash, returning to the field ready for war. It was the second time MacKenzie needed this treatment this campaign, after looking the hard man at Millwall in September.
Yeovil stun The Hornets
MacKenzie and co will have taken note of Yeovil’s impressive victory over the weekend, as they travel down to Huish Park today. Town beat Watford 3-0, ending a run of three straight defeats, to move off the bottom of The Championship. Ishmael Miller netted on his debut, and they’ll have their tails up ahead of Blackpool’s visit.
Things tighten up at the top
Defeats for both Burnley and QPR have made things interesting at the top of The Championship, with Leicester being the main benefiters. The Foxes saw off Millwall 3-0, a result which was made even more crucial after Burnley lost at Huddersfield and QPR slipped up at Doncaster. Next behind those three clubs is Blackpool on 31 points.
The Steve McLaren effect
After the eyebrow raising sacking of Nigel Clough, Derby’s decision to draft in former England manager Steve McLaren has been justified by their dramatic rise up the table. Blackpool travel to Pride Park on Saturday with The Rams on their coat tails in fifth. Yesterday they beat Wigan 3-1 away from home, their third victory on the spin, to move to within three points of The Seasiders, meaning Saturday’s game will be a tasty one.