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

Barnsley 1-2 Cardiff CityWas it a good match? I enjoyed it to be honest despite the result ? it was pretty even for the most part. We managed to negate Bellamy apart from giving him one chance, and he took it. It was a goal of pure class and that made the difference. It was an average performance from us ? not too poor but not brilliant, though a lot of that is due to the quality of Cardiff's team. They've got some excellent players. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Colace had a good game for Barnsley, while Cardiff's Olofinjana and Bellamy stood out. And a word for the referee, Mr Kettle, who was his usual poor self ? awful for both sides as usual.

Owen Scrimshaw, BFCST.org.uk

Bristol City 0-3 Norwich City Was it a good match? Our manager had described this as a must-win game. However, we again conceded some soft goals and, of equal concern, failed to really trouble their keeper. Until the first goal we did not look like a team at the bottom but once we went behind our confidence suffered. We did hit the bar, but our prospects of scoring were further reduced when our only tall striker was surprisingly subbed. Who played well/who had a nightmare? By his standards Jamie McAllister had another poor game, but Albert Adomah again showed quality.

Barry Hayes, Observer reader

Crystal Palace 1-2 QPR Was it a good match? A disappointing end but given that we've got 11 players out and they've got some good players it was a decent performance. We thought it would be a good point after scoring late on, but when we saw there was five minutes of injury time we always feared QPR could get back into the lead. Mind you, their first goal was a stupid one to give away ? from Davids' poor back pass. Who played well/who had a nightmare? The 17-year-old Wilfred Zaha is certainly catching the eye and created the goal. Bringing Cadogan on for Counago was a good substitution by Burley too.

Peter Guntrip, Holmesdale.net

Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Nottingham ForestWas it a good match? A fair result, I think. Both teams had clearly done their homework on each other and the midfields cancelled each other out. We conceded from an all too familiar defensive error from a set-piece and then equalised through the returning Adam Lockwood, which was encouraging. They had the better of the first half but we had more of the match as it went on. Overall, though, we've not got out of first gear yet this season. Who played well/who had a nightmare? James Hayter was very unselfish and played for the team, and no one really had a bad game for us. Their keeper, Lee Camp, made some good saves.

Chris Rumley, Observer reader

Hull City 0-0 Coventry CityWas it a good match? A game of few chances ? Hull lacked width and Coventry weren't good enough to exploit that. The first half was quite watchable, while Coventry had better chances in the second. Defensively, we looked excellent again, and still haven't conceded at home, but then we've not scored in five of our games this season either. I expected more of the summer signings ? they're not delivering. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Rowan Vine had a good debut, Paul McShane was solid at right-back and Bullard ran things again. I was really disappointed with Jay Simpson again though.

Rick Skelton, HullCityOnline.com

Ipswich Town 2-1 Leeds UnitedWas it a good match? A great result, a cracking game and a really good atmosphere. The win was deserved given the chances we missed ? we should've buried it at 1-0 ? but we let Leeds back into it before finding some late pressure. Leeds were very physical, typically of them. The same goes for their fans, who threw something at Grant Leadbitter. Who played well/who had a nightmare? The Spurs loanees Jake Livermore and Andros Townsend were lively, though Townsend was a bit selfish. Jaime Peters was as adaptable as ever.

Julian Watkins, TractorBoys.com

Leicester City 3-1 Scunthorpe UnitedWas it a good match? This was a tense, nervous headache of a game. A real early relegation battle as a mediocre manager-less City side struggled to take three points from a poor Scunthorpe. We had seven gilt-edged chances and should have won by a street, but instead allowed Scunthorpe to dominate the last half hour and only settle the match and the crowd's anxiety in added time. Who played well/who had a nightmare? No one on the pitch will remember this game with any fondness although King and Waghorn showed commendable spirit. All in all a poor game with numerous individual performances to match.

Eddie Blount, Observer reader

Middlesbrough 2-2 PortsmouthWas it a good match? It was good but we were 2-0 up and ended drawing 2-2. So it was good until the last five minutes. We were unlucky again. Kevin Thomson played his first game back after a broken leg and limped off after five minutes. The game ended in controversy as Boro were on the attack when the ref called the game back to the penalty box and red-carded Barry Robson in the 86th minute. Who played well/who had a nightmare? It's always tremendous to see Matthew Bates as he has actually done his cruciate four times. If Barry Robson did elbow the player he gave away the match.

Robert Nichols, FMTTM.com

Millwall 1-1 BurnleyWas it a good match? It was somewhat disappointing as they had 10 men for most of the game, after Clarke Carlisle was sent off. I thought it would galvanise us but they tightened their system. Our start to the season has been pretty decent and we are holding our own but just weren't cynical in front of goal in this game. Perhaps the momentum is fading a bit now and we are settling. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Danny Schofield came on at half-time and provided the ingenuity that we were looking for to try and win the game. The ref was poor for both teams and gave some dubious decisions.

Charlie Mahoney, Observer reader

Preston North End 1-1 ReadingWas it a good match? They are a strong, very organised side with good wingers. They had Jon Parkin double marked after his antics during the week. I'm happy with the point and it's seven points from the last three games. We have three or four games after the international break that are going to determine our season and Fergie's future. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Iain Hume was great. He is a bit like David Speedie and he's always at players. I hope we can make his loan from Barnsley permanent. The ref was in charge of his first game in the Championship and he spoiled it.

Mark Holt, Observer reader

Sheffield Utd 0-1 WatfordWas it a good match? At times we played some half-decent football. However, it's not falling for us in front of goal and Bogdanovic and Quinn missed good chances. We certainly play a style that's easier on the eye under Gary Speed but we need some penetration and the fans are wondering if he can use the contacts he has to get someone in during the international break. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Nick Montgomery was excellent. He was everywhere and gave a captain's performance. A real swashbuckling midfielder. Everybody seemed to play well for us unless they were the person in front of goal.

Richard Batho, TheBladesOnline.com

Swansea City 0-0 Derby CountyWas it a good match? It wasn't the best of games to watch from the fans' perspective and they made it difficult for us. Overall, we probably missed the inspiration of Scott Sinclair and his goals. We didn't create many good chances on goal. We did gave them possession too easily and they had two or three chances one on one that we were fortunate not to concede. It was a fair result and we showed an improvement in the second-half performance. Hopefully we can push on. Who played well/who had a nightmare? Angel Rangel returned and did well. Gary Monk was sloppy in possession.

Kevin Elphick, Swansea.VitalFootball.co.uk

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