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Re: The Coca-Cola Championship 2009/10 Season

Just a quick update on the thread guys; I've decided to slightly alter the method that I shall be using to display each player's season statistics. The new format shall include the total number of minutes on the pitch' date=' while a seperate section will be created for their League Cup and FA Cup statistics. I've have only done Barnsley so far, so you can check that out if you wish. If you can't be bothered to go back to the first page, then an example is shown below. I shall begin to go through each team with the adopted system on Sunday - I myself shall be at London Road tomorrow to watch Peterborough v Sheffield Wednesday. Can't wait!

1. [b']Luke Steele[/b]

Stats:

Position: GK

D.O.B.: 24/09/84

Age: 24

Rating: 80

League:

Starts: 1

Sub Apps: 0

Total Minutes: 90

Goals Conceded: 2

Saves: 3

Clean Sheets: 0

Cup:

Starts: 1

Sub Apps: 0

Total Minutes: 90

Goals Conceded: 0

Saves: 4

Clean Sheets: 1

Other that that, it's good to see some good discussions and banter taking place. I would just like to mention that, while I love a bit of banter, could we please be careful with how far we go in winding our rival fans up. I don't want this to turn into a ranting and raving thread!

Regards,

Andy :)

Sheffield Wednesday for the drop! :D

I don't think that people would want this awesome thread to go waste and just plop. :)

Great work mate.

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Rubbish.

Freddie Sears gets a goal disallowed and then Bristol City score in the last min...

Didn't Sears' shot go in the net, hit the back stantion and come back out again, with the ref not giving it?! If so, that's unbelievably bad luck!

We drew 1-1, didn't play very well but probably did just enough to deserve a point. It was a pretty poor game though. I'll give you all a comprehensive match report tomorrow (I'm going out on the town tonight! ;)) If anyone wants to give a match report of a game they've seen this weekend, by all means do so. It would be nice to see who's played well, who's disappointed and which sides are making the early running in the CCC.

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Didn't Sears' shot go in the net' date=' hit the back stantion and come back out again, with the ref not giving it?! If so, that's unbelievably bad luck!

We drew 1-1, didn't play very well but probably did just enough to deserve a point. It was a pretty poor game though. I'll give you all a comprehensive match report tomorrow (I'm going out on the town tonight! ;)) If anyone wants to give a match report of a game they've seen this weekend, by all means do so. It would be nice to see who's played well, who's disappointed and which sides are making the early running in the CCC.[/quote']

Yeah Lol, that or the ball hit the post, went in and somehow came out... :confused:

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welldone to shorpe united, you got one over on us and didnt give up. id still tip scunny for the drop though. it frustrates me when derby dont beat sides like this because as soon as we put pressure on them they looked frail. hit us on the break after them not really being in the second half.

we got what we asked for though with playing a 4-6 formation. lol. congratulations scunny, i hope u stay up.

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Re: The Coca-Cola Championship 2009/10 Season

Date: 15/08/09 - Kick-off: 15:00

Venue: London Road - Attendance: 10,747

Peterborough United

vs

Sheffield Wednesday

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Lewis

Lee - Morgan - Zakuani - Williams

Boyd - Diagouraga - Coutts - Rowe

Mackail-Smith - McLean

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Tudgay - Johnson

Gray - O'Connor - Potter - McAllister

Spurr - Purse - Wood - Buxton

Grant

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First Half

Peterborough started the brighter in their first home game of the season as a large crowd settled into their seats. Despite owning the bulk of the possession and looking like the more threatening side, few chances were carved up in the early going. Aaron McLean went close after springing the offside trap and sending a clever lob which just went wide. Lee Grant will have been glad after foolishly running off his line, only to stop midway to shout for an offside decision. But it was the visitors who went in front as Wednesday counter-attacked to strike against the run of play. It was the first time the Owls had really got the ball down on the deck and it payed off as Jermaine Johson interlinked with Marcus Tudgay, with the latter sending a lovely cross in the direction of James O'Connor, bursting forward from midfield to head past Joe Lewis - O'Connor's first goal in blue and white. Afterwards, Wednesday began to settle down and were more in the game as half-time approached. A succession of corners for both sides were fruitless as Andy D'Urso brought a rather lifeless first half to a close.

Second Half

Wednesday fans were pleased to be up at the break, perhaps undeservedly, but were wary of what had happened the previous week, when they let a two goal lead slip. And the signs were again not good early on as Craig Mackail-Smith really should have done better with a right-footed effort down the right-hand side of the penalty with Tommy Spurr nowhere to be seen. The visitors replied well, however, as Johnson, filling in up front thanks to Wednesday's striker shortage, teed himself up to volley towards goal, only for Joe Lewis to tip his effort around the post. But it was the Posh who equalised when full-back Tom Williams shrugged off the attention of Michael Gray to send in an inviting looking cross towards the back post, from which Mackail-Smith duly profited from. It was a goal the visitors deserved for their lasting superiority during the course of the match. From then, the home side strived for a winner and a couple of key blocks were required from Wednesday defenders to keep their opponents at bay. However, Tudgay almost won it late into the game when his cleverly taken free-kick almost caught out Lewis. But it was not to be and 1-1 was how the game finished up. Peterborough will maybe think that they should have taken all three points, but the visitors will go back to Sheffield safe in the knowledge that they probably did just enough to scrape a point.

Man of the Match

Gabriel Zakuani - I didn't know much about Zakuani before going into this game, and I struggle to recall ever seeing him play. But I was pleasantly impressed with what I saw in the powerful defender as he had a very solid game. He is very good in the air, at 6' 1" tall, and an all-round good defender as Wednesday found out on Saturday as they struggled to make any sort of breakthrough.

Other Impressive Performers

Both sides defended well, with new skipper, Darren Purse, particularly impressive in the Wednesday backline. Craig Morgan looked solid also for the home side, while Tom Williams looked a handful going forward. In midfield, it was clear that George Boyd had a touch of class about him, while Toumani Diagouraga was an imposing figure as Posh won the midfield battle. For Wednesday, Darren Potter was the only one who looked like unlocking the Peterborough defence, but even his passes went astray on occasions.

Least Impressive Performers

I was again disappointed with Richard Wood's performance as he again let his marker get the better of him in the aerial game. Aaron McLean may be a lot smaller than Wood, but he struggled to adapt to McLean's leap and canny know-how. Sean McAllister was innefective on the right-hand side of midfield, albeit out of position for him, while Lewis Buxton was often wasteful in possession. For Peterborough, nobody really played badly as they worked hard for each other and displayed a good understanding. Tommy Rowe, perhaps, was quiet and had few chances to display his considerable ability.

Notable Low-Rated Performers

Peterborough:

Tom Williams (77, 29, LM/LB) - 90 mins, assist

Craig Morgan (77, 24, CB) - 90 mins

Charlie Lee (78, 22, DM/Def) - 90 mins

George Boyd (79, 23, Wing/AM) - 90 mins

Toumani Diagouraga (75, 22, CM) - 90 mins

Tommy Rowe (78, 20, Wing) - subbed off 60 mins

Paul Coutts (77, 21, CM) - 90 mins

Aaron McLean (79, 26, Fwd) - 90 mins

Shaun Batt (74, 22, Fwd) - subbed on 60 mins

Dominic Green (73, 21, Wing) - subbed on 81 mins

Sheffield Wednesday:

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Re: The Coca-Cola Championship 2009/10 Season

Date: 15/08/2009 - Kick off: 5:20pm

Venue: St James Park - Attendance: 36,944

Newcastle United

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Reading

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Harper

R.Taylor - S.Taylor - Coloccini - Enrique

Barton - Nolan - Smith - Jonas

Carroll - Ameobi

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Federici

Rosenior - Pearce - Cisse - Bertrand

Tabb - Karacan - Kebe

Davies - Long - Church

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First half

Newcastle started the game brightly in their first Championship game at St James Park for 16 years with Jonas Gutierrez having two good chances to open the scoring for the home side. The Argentine's first chance came after Kevin Nolan played him in behind the Reading defence but after turning towards goal the ball got caught under his feet and the chance was gone. Jonas came closer the second time after collecting a return pass from Enrique but Federici tipped his powerful shot over the bar. Newcastle finally made the breakthrough when Jose Enrique burst down the left wing and delivered an excellent cross onto the head of Shola Ameobi and the ball bounced into the ground and away from the Reading keeper and into the far corner. Just minutes later Bertrand delivered a fine cross into the Newcastle box but Davies and Long just missed the inviting delivery and Newcastle survived just before half time.

Second half

Newcastle continued the second half in much the same way as the first with Geordie duo Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll creating havoc in the Reading backline. Carroll met Barton's cross and the ball appeared to be going out for a goal kick before Nolan got there in time to keep the ball in and passing to Barton. Barton then played a simple ball to Ryan Taylor who ran onto it and put in a pinpoint cross and Ameobi met the cross with a diving header to score his second of the game. Ameobi got the chance to score his first hatrick of his senior career when Shane Long handballed a corner from Barton and the linesman flagged for handball and the referee gave the decisicion. Shola Ameobi confidently stepped up and sent Adam Federici the wrong way from the spot to seal the win for Newcastle. Noel Hunt came closest for Reading with a low show that whistled past Steve Harper's right hand post a few minutes from time.

Man of the Match

No doubt who picked up the man of the match award today, hatrick hero Shola Ameobi getting the award. He led the line well winning most of the balls in the air against the Reading defence. Ameobi has been critisized a lot in his Newcastle career but if he keeps up performances like that he can fire Newcastle back to the Premier League.

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Re: The Coca-Cola Championship 2009/10 Season

Weekend Round-Up

Saturday, 15th August 2009

Barnsley 0-2 Coventry City

I worry with Coventry that Clinton Morrison will be the only one to score their goals this season, but if Leon Best can continue to strike the ball like he did for his goal at the weekend, I needn't worry. Best unleashed a ferocious shot from a direct free-kick early in this game which was simply too powerful for Luke Steele to deal with. Isaac Osbourne missed a great chance to double the lead when he sliced an effort wide from a good position but the result was rarely in doubt after Robert Kozluck received a second yellow shortly after half-time. Morrison scored a poacher's finish late on to seal the win.

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Blackpool 1-1 Cardiff City

It's difficult to make out whether Michael Chopra's looping effort was pure skill, rather than good fortune as Paul Rachubka could only watch as the ball went over his head in the Blackpool goal. Cardiff's early lead was cancelled out, however, by an unlikely source. Ian Evatt rarely gets on the scoresheet, but his lovely right-footed effort was nonchalantly passed into the back of the net to earn Blackpool a share of the spoils. Jason Euell showed great skill to almost net a winner, but he found David Marshall in fine form.

Match Highlights

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Bristol City 1-0 Crystal Palace

If you haven't heard about the story that accompanies this game, then you must have been living under a rock the past two days. Huge controversy surrounds this result after Freddie Sears' close-range effort was ruled out, despite clearly crossing the line. The ball hit a stanchion on the base of the net and bounced straight out with the referee and his assistant blissfully unaware. Naturally, Palace boss Neil Warnock was furious but not as much as he was at the final whistle after City had netted a late winner. Jose Fonte's extremely poor clearance fell straight to Nicky Maynard, who didn't disappoint from 20 yards out.

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Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Preston North End

A strong run and finish from Chris Brown gave Preston the lead in this one. Rovers should have equalised after the break when Andy Lonergan parried James Chambers shot right into the path of James Hayter, but the latter was slow to react and could only guide his snap-shot on to the post. Neil Sullivan kept Chris Sedgwick and the rest of the Preston side at bay before Adam Lockwood netted a late, equaliser after the Lilywhites failed to react to a quickly-taken free-kick.

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Ipswich Town 0-0 Leicester City

A goalless draw maybe, but there were enough chances for either side to take three points here. Wayne Brown should have done better with an early header after a good cross by Lloyd Dyer. A dodgy header back to the 'keeper by Brown again was almost gobbled up by Jonathan Stead before Jonathan Walters tested Chris Weale from long range. A great, powerful run from Steve Howard won his side a dangerous free-kick position, only for Dyer to shoot narrowly wide. Both sides had other half-chances to win it after the break, but a draw was probably a fair result.

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Newcastle United 3-0 Reading

The words "Shola Ameobi" and "hat-trick" have never been uttered in the same sentence before now, but the local frontman was his side's hero this weekend with an excellent treble. Jonas Gutierrez tested Adam Federici early on with a good striker from a narrow angle before Ameobi got his first with a downward header from Jose Enrique's excellent cross. Reading were rarely threatening and Ameobi should have had a second, or at least passed to one of his teammates in a better position, as he shot wide from a good position. But he did get his second, mainly thanks to Kevin Nolan who worked hard to keep a lost cause in play. Ryan Taylor was eventually fed the ball for Ameobi to net a carbon-copy header. A blatant, if not unlucky, handball from Shane Long gave Ameobi the chance to round off his day from the penalty spot, and he duly delivered to give Newcastle their first three points of the season.

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Nottingham Forest 0-1 West Bromich Albion

Chris Brunt has always been a dangerous set-piece taker and he almost did it again early on against Forest, only for Lee Camp to thwart his effort. Dele Adebola had the ball in the net for the home side after the break, but his joy was soon soured by the referee as the goal was ruled out for a foul. Forest's first goal of the campaign came from defender Chris Cohen, although, unfortunately, it came at the wrong end as he inadvertently diverted a Jonathan Greening cross into his own net. Graeme Dorrans should have put the game to bed soon after, but somehow missed from close range, when it looked easier to score. And the Baggies should have been punished for not bringing their shooting boots, as Robert Earnshaw missed the target altogether from a penalty after being bundled over in the box.

Match Highlights

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Peterborough United 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Comprehensive Match Report

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Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers' opener had an element of good fortune about it after Adel Taarabt's shot was deflected right into the path of Heidur Helguson who stooped down to net from 8-yards out. Akos Buzsaky almost doubled their advantage after half-time with a long-range effort went close before a frantic goalmouth scramble in the QPR box somehow didn't lead to a Plymouth equaliser. But Argyle were rewarded with a late, late point when the visitors poorly dealt with a long throw, leading to defender Kaspars Gorkss to divert the ball into his net.

Match Highlights

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Shorpe United 3-2 Derby County

A topsy-turvy encounter in North Lincolnshire ended in the home side's favour after a thrilling game. Gary Hooper netted a true poacher's goal to get the going underway after Stephen Bywater could only parry a strong effort from distance. Paul Green wrong-footed Joe Murphy to get the equaliser before Hooper got his second with a great, clinical finish just before half-time. Kris Commons had the perfect chance to get a second Derby equaliser from the penalty spot, and he sent Murphy the wrong way to make it 2-2. But a late, Shorpe counter-attack, involving some good football, was rounded off by Martyn Woolford to net the winner 10 minutes from time.

Match Highlights

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Sheffield United 2-0 Watford

United picked up their first three points of the season as they comforatably brushed aside the challenge of Watford. Jamie Ward gave the hosts the perfect start with an early goal, sweeping in from close range. Ched Evans, making his full debut following his £3m move was causing havoc, going close himself on one occasion before setting up Darius Henderson, who headed narrowly over. United defenders were back in numbers to deny Tommy Smith's goalbound shot while Matt Kilgallon was inches away from adding a second for the home side. But it was Evans who sealed the three points when he struck home from a narrow angle.

Match Highlights

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Swansea City 0-3 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough responded to their drab opening day scoreless draw with an impressive victory in South Wales. David Wheater struck the bar early on with a header from Adam Johnson's corner. And it was Johnson who gave the visitors the lead with a cross-shot from out wide which evaded everyone and nestled in the corner of Dorus De Vries' net. After the break, Marvin Emnes doubled the advantage with a spectacular, long-range effort which rose all the way into the top corner, while Tuncay Sanli was the one who put the finishing touches on a good looking scoreline by heading home from a corner. Gorka Pintado went closest for the Swans, but his effort was blocked on the line by Jonathan Grounds.

Match Highlights

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Great reporting as usual Andy.

Next up for the Sky Blues is another trip to South Yorkshire tonight, this time to take on Doncaster. I've booked a half day at work so later on me and the lads will be piling in my car and making the trip up there. I expect another 3 points tonight. I'm going for 1-0.

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Great reporting as usual Andy.
I shall report the Albion game if needed cos am going tonight to Posh! :D

Bring em on :P

Thanks Danny. I've just finished those last two reports in my weekend round-up after I had to take a phone call last night. Also' date=' big thanks to [i']LiamSmith[/i], who did a great looking report on the Newcastle game from this weekend. Sinny, please feel free to deliver a report from your visit to London Road this evening - I shall look forward to it with anticipation! :)

Next up for the Sky Blues is another trip to South Yorkshire tonight' date=' this time to take on Doncaster. I've booked a half day at work so later on me and the lads will be piling in my car and making the trip up there. I expect another 3 points tonight. I'm going for 1-0.[/quote']

Hmm, not as easy a place to go to as Barnsley, me thinks. Doncaster play some of the nicest football in the division, although they have lost a couple of key players in Matt Mills and Richie Wellens. I shall be interested to see how they get on this season, but I think it may be a draw tonight, 1-1 perhaps.

Just a quick update on the thread: I've had little chance to edit the stats from the weekend yet. However, I've got myself a day off tomorrow and may look at going through the teams then. After that, I'm hoping to have a fully up to date thread, and then I can begin finishing off each side's evaluation.

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