One game down, forty-five to go as far as the 24 teams in the Championship is concerned, but what did the opening weekend of fixtures tell us? Many regard Doncaster’s 1-0 win at Derby as the performance of the weekend, but that’s only working on the assumption that Rovers were playing League One football last term, while their opponents were in the top flight.
What about Sheffield Wednesday this season? Could they finally be pushing at the right end of the table? Apparently they could have scored more than the four they tallied against Burnley – will the Owls be finishing ahead of their arch-rivals Sheffield United? Mind you, Blades fans will have felt a sense of injustice at St Andrews, where they deserved at least a point against Birmingham only for Kevin Phillips to pop up in the dying minutes with the winner.
What three things did you learn from England’s second flight this weekend? My three are as follows:
1. Do not expect great things from QPR this season. It’s a campaign too early to expect promotion, as they needed two goals from defender Fitz Hall to beat Barnsley.
2. Preston appear to be making rapid progress under Alan Irvine on a shoestring budget. Their win at Ipswich after going 1-0 down was a real statement of intent.
3. This division is likely to be as wide-open as last season, where only 18 points seperated relegated Leicester from sixth-placed Watford.
What are your three?