As we head into the international break, Cardiff continue to defy the odds while Leeds maintain their unbeaten record against Nottingham Forest.
In the match of the round, Leeds were convincing 2-0 winners over Nottingham Forest at The City Ground. Goals from Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski mean that United preserve their unbeaten start to the season along with Cardiff City.
The Bluebirds held on for a 2-1 over QPR as Neil Warnock’s side extended their perfect start to the campaign. Ex-QPR player, Junior Hoilett has been on fire for the Welsh outfit and was on hand to open the scoring for the Welsh outfit. Cardiff will sit top of the table for the next fortnight as we head into the international break.
Reading recorded their first away win of the season as they defeated Birmingham 2-0 at St Andrews. The Royals showed flashes of brilliance while the Blues struggled across all areas of the park. Redknapp will be disappointed by his side’s performance and to add to the loss, the Birmingham boss will have to do without latest signing, Carl Jenkinson who dislocated his shoulder in his debut for the club.
Mick McCarthy’s side lost their 100% start to the season as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Fulham at Portman Road. The Ipswich Town manager will head into the break with plenty to ponder as he aims to ensure that they can return to the winner’s circle when they regroup in two weeks’ time.
Blades striker, Billy Sharp notched a brace for Sheffield United as they defeated Derby County 3-1 at Bramall Lane. Sharp has been instrumental for his side as they rise to fifth on the Championship ladder.
Barnsley were surprise 3-0 winners over Sunderland at Oakwell. However, the shock result came from The New Den as Millwall recorded their first win of the season in convincing fashion as the Lions slotted four unanswered goals past a poor Norwich outfit.
Elsewhere, Bristol City and Aston Villa played out a 1-1 draw while Hull were impressive in their 4-0 drumming of Bolton.
Here is the best and worst from the latest round of Championship fixtures as we head into the international break.
Fulham return to winning ways
The Cottagers have disappointed in their opening fixtures this campaign however they were impressive in their 2-0 win away from home against Ipswich.
Goals from Neeskens Kebano and Rui Fonte secured Fulham’s first win of the season as they head into the international break on a high. Fulham manager, Slavisa Jokanovic will be buoyed by his side’s performance as they look to resurrect their season when Championship football returns in the next fortnight.
Leeds - Who needs Chris Wood
With the recent departure of Kiwi striker, Chris Wood, Leeds fans would have expected a dip in form from their side. However, that hasn’t been the case as Thomas Christiansen rallied his men for their third win in five matches against an in-form Nottingham Forest.
The Yorkshire outfit along with Cardiff City remain the only two teams undefeated in the Championship this season.
Sunderland on the slide
Despite showing early signs of promise, Sunderland are struggling to deal with life in the Championship. Despite dominating possession against Barnsley, the Black Cats were unable to take advantage of the opportunities which came their way.
Manager, Simon Grayson needs to address the issues on the field as the north-east club sit just above the relegation places heading into the break. Although early in the season, fans will be rightly concerned by their side’s precarious league position.
The Birmingham blues
Much was expected from Harry Redknapp’s first full season in charge, however with one win from their first five encounters, Birmingham have very little to cheer about. The Blues have failed to dominate their opponents and often look like they’re chasing the game.
Having failed to land a number of transfer targets, Redknapp has lamented the club’s transfer activity as he looks to add further depth to his ranks. The Midlands outfit need to address their form sooner than later if they want to avoid another relegation scrap this campaign.
Norwich’s hammering at The New Den
With the arrival of German manager, Daniel Farke, Norwich fans would have been expecting a stellar campaign similar to that of Farke’s countryman at Huddersfield last season. Instead, the Canaries currently sit 22nd on the Championship ladder in one of three of the relegation places. The East Anglia outfit have conceded 12 goals so far, the most of any side in the league.
If their recent performance against Millwall is anything to go by, Norwich could be in for a dismal season. The Canaries were outclassed by a side who had yet to register their first win of the season. Under Farke, they’ve looked a shadow of their former selves and unless he can oversee a turn in fortunes, his side could be in for a hard slog of a season.