Harry Redknapp pays the price for his side’s poor start to the season, while Leeds slumped to their first defeat of the season as Hull and Sunderland struggle to ignite their respective campaigns.
Eight rounds in and we have our first managerial casualty as Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp was relieved of his duties following their 3-1 defeat to Preston North End. That result was on the back of six defeats in all competitions as Redknapp struggled to put his mark on his newly assembled Birmingham side.
In the shock of the round, Leeds fell to their first defeat of the season as they went down 1-0 to James Meredith’s Millwall at The New Den. The Lions eased past the table toppers and were deserved victors on the day. Despite losing, United stay top of the table on goal difference while Saturday’s victory was Millwall’s second successive win at home.
Massimo Luongo’s QPR went down 3-2 to Middlesbrough at The Riverside. Boro came from behind twice in the encounter to snatch all three points from The Hoops. Garry Monk’s side gave a glimpse of what they’re capable of as they move to within touching distance of the Championship play-off places.
Diogo Jota scored a second half brace for Wolves as they overcame Nottingham Forest, 2-1 at The City Ground. The win takes Wolves up to second in the Championship table as they look to keep the pressure on league leaders, Leeds United.
Cardiff City were fortunate to come away with a draw in their encounter with Sheffield Wednesday as Sol Bamba’s injury time equaliser salvaged a draw for The Bluebirds. The 1-1 draw was enough for Neil Warnock’s side to avoid successive defeats while it prevented Wednesday from securing their third successive league victory.
Bailey Wright’s Bristol City were emphatic in their 4-1 triumph over Derby at Ashton Gate. The Robins put on a scintalling second half display as they put four past The Rams defence. The result pushes Bailey Wright and his side up to 8th on the ladder, only two places below the Championship play-off spots.
Elsewhere, Jackson Irvine was an unused substitute for Hull City in their 1-1 draw with Sunderland. The Black Cats were in front for most the encounter before David Meyler slotted in the equaliser for Hull. Like Sunderland, Hull City have endured a difficult start to the campaign with Leonid Slutsky’s side having only taken eight points from their first eight league encounters.
The two sides now find themselves sitting just above the relegation zone and it’s fair to say that since their respective relegations from the Premier League last campaign, both sides have struggled to adapt to life in the Championship and a draw won’t be too much help for either outfit.