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Championship Verdict: The Observer fans' network on Saturday's matches
Observer fans' network - 4 years ago

Barnsley 1-0 Crystal PalaceWas it a good match? I think it was a deserved win. The ref was absolutely terrible ? he shouldn't officiate another match. He didn't give two penalty decisions our way and he missed so many other incidents. Seriously, it was one of the worst refereeing performances I've ever seen. It was a huge improvement from Barnsley, though, and all the players put in a tremendous effort. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Claude Davis was a man mountain for Palace. Adam Hammill was outstanding at taking players on. Diego Arismendi looks a great addition to the midfield ? he protects the defence and allows Hugo Colace to get forward.

Paul Gallagher, BarnsleyFC.org.uk

Derby County 1-2 Cardiff CityWas it a good match? It was fairly entertaining. Cardiff always looked the most likely to score. We only seemed to raise our game when we fell behind. The second of their goals was a comedy of errors ? our keeper saved a long-range shot before a mix-up between Stephen Bywater and Gareth Roberts led to Chris Burke's winner. That said we had two good opportunities to get back on level terms. Overall, they just edged it. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Jay Bothroyd and Michael Chopra are probably the best this division has to offer in terms of attack.

Steve Pyefinch, Observer reader

Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Bristol CityWas it a good match? Doncaster struggled to find their form and were reduced to taking long shots in the first half. Bristol City improved after the interval though were far from brilliant, but scored from a dubious free-kick as our players ball-watched: Damion Stewart met the ball to place a cushioned header past Neil Sullivan. We appealed for offside. The visitors looked to waste time, run the clock down, but as they tried to see the game out we scored a last-minute penalty. Who played well/who had a nightmare? James O'Connor pressed well from defence. Shelton Martis had a nightmare and was definitely at fault for the goal. Chris Rumley, Observer reader

Ipswich Town 1-1 BurnleyWas it a good match? After scoring with four minutes to go we thought we'd done enough to win it but got undone by a last-minute goal. If I take my blue-tinted glasses off, it was probably a fair result. The first half had a good pace to it and Burnley showed some quality ? even when they went down to 10 men. The second half took a good 20 minutes to get going. The visitors were quite a threat in the box but didn't create many clear-cut chances. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Marton Fulop made a good home debut and a cracking save . Jamie Peters impressed. David Norris is a good captain.

Julian Watkins, TractorBoys.com

Leicester City 0-0 MiddlesbroughWas it a good match? It was for a 0-0 draw. Both teams tried to play neat, passing football. It took time for the players to settle down given the introduction of a new system. The days of Leicester players lumping long balls to the forwards is over. Boro weren't bad, they've spent a lot of money during the summer and you can see that. Who played well/who had a nightmare? All the players did well but Richie Wellens stood out in midfield. When we were in possession his distribution was fantastic and when we weren't he tracked back well. Lloyd Dyer does everything right until it comes to delivering a cross.

Paul Coulson, FansOnline.net/LeicesterCity

Millwall 4-0 Hull CityWas it a good match? It was excellent. It was a fantastic performance by Millwall. Hull fans will be disappointed as they didn't resemble a team that played in the Premier League last season. I thought we would find this level tougher than our good start suggests. The visitors looked blunt in attack and their over-reliance on John Bostock told. Who played well/who had a nightmare? The outstanding player for me was James Henry, who set up all four goals with two corners and two crosses. Steve Morison, as usual, was excellent and looked full of energy after playing for Wales in midweek.

Charlie Mahoney, Observer reader

Portsmouth 1-1 ReadingWas it a good match? Pompey saw much of the ball during the first half and looked in control. The second half was very scrappy ? I think there was a bit of tiredness in the legs. We look a good side and I'm much more confident now I've seen us play. I think we'll finish mid-table. Reading didn't threaten much and their goal was really untidy. The fans were very loud on their return to the Championship and the referee was anonymous. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Matt Ritchie looks a real, tenacious live wire. Nadir Ciftci looks promising but is sometimes careless in possession. David Nugent was too wasteful up front.

Rick Jewell, Observer reader

Scunthorpe United 0-1 Norwich CityWas it a good match? No. It was pretty stale, and gutting to lose it right at the end. Michael O'Connor and Josh Wright going off injured in the second half totally changed it. We were fine up to that point but looked totally shapeless when they went off. There were some decent performances at the back but the defence was left totally unprotected by the midfield towards the end ? we just let Norwich play. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Norwich look like a pretty tidy outfit. We really, seriously lack a bit of sparkle up front. Chris Dagnell works so hard, but has he got what it takes at this level?

Tony James, Observer reader

Sheffield United 0-3 Queens Park RangersWas it a good match? The fans have been talking about the possible departure of Kevin Blackwell for some time. Personally, I'm not sure about it. It's early days and we've only played two games this season. But if the board feel that he's got to go it's better to change it early. The fans' favourite to take over will be Gary Speed but Alan Curbishley, Steve Coppell or Martin O'Neill would be good appointments. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Steve Simonsen was faultless for all three goals but was unfortunate to give away the penalty.

Paul Holland, Blades-Mad.co.uk

Swansea City 4-0 Preston North EndWas it a good match? You can't argue when you beat the opposition 4-0. Apart from a shaky start, the Swans dominated for the rest of the game. It was refreshing to see the team attack after last season's defensive mind set. The players are more confident and after scoring three goals in the first half went into cruise control. About 2,500 fans commemorated the passing of former player Besian Idrizaj before the game by holding aloft scarves and paper. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Nathan Dyer caused them problems with his skill and pace. Scott Sinclair impressed on his debut. Stephen Dobbie was involved.

Kevin Elphick, Swansea.VitalFootball.co.uk

Watford 2-2 Coventry CityWas it a good match? This was Harry Houdini, Dick Turpin and Lazarus rolled into one. Watford dominated all but the last 10 minutes of the game and City escaped with a point. It was robbery, but you had to admire the come back. Will Buckley's fortunate opener had been coming and John Eustace's looping overhead kick seemed to wrap it up. The game turned on two second- half substitutions made by City manager Aidy Boothroyd. Malky Mackay took off Watford's two best players thinking Coventry to be dead and buried. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Marvin Sordell looked lively.

Steve Cox, Observer reader

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