With mid-week fixtures taking place during this gameweek we saw plenty of action and our fair share of drama, with Blackburn finally sealing their first win of the season whilst Wolves’ Martinez picked up the first perfect 10. I take a look back over 6 days of Championship action to analyse the performances which impressed statistically.
Gameweek 6 Results
Tuesday 15th September
19:45 Birmingham 0-1 Nottingham Forest / D.Blackstock (54)
19:45 Brighton 2-1 Rotherham / T.Hemed (27), D.Stephens (67) – J.Clarke-Harris (71)
19:45 Burnley 2-1 MK Dons / S.Vokes (32), G.Boyd (49) – C.Baker (45+2)
19:45 Cardiff 0-2 Hull / M.Diame (8), A.Hernandez (80)
19:45 Charlton 1-2 Huddersfield / M.Sarr (40) – H.Bunn (11), E.Huws (34)
19:45 Leeds 0-1 Ipswich / T.Smith (32)
19:45 Middlesbrough 3-1 Brentford / C.Stuani (35, 69), A.Adomah (77) – L.Vibe (49)
19:45 Preston 1-1 Bristol City / N.Kilkenny (50) – A.Wilbraham (81)
20:00 Bolton 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday
20:00 Reading 0-1 Derby / T.Ince (69)
Wednesday 16th September
19:45 QPR 2-2 Blackburn / A.Henley o.g (46), N.Onuoha (79) – S.Duffy (14), J.Rhodes (60)
Friday 18th September 2015
19:45 Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham / B.Pitman (pen 32) – D.Cotterill (22)
Saturday 19th September 2015
12:30 Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough / M.Mills (7) – D.Nugent (3), D.Ayala (32)
15:00 Blackburn 3-0 Charlton / J.Rhodes (45+1, 75), T.Lawrence (85)
15:00 Brentford 2-1 Preston / L.Vibe (62), M.Djuricin (65) – D.Johnson (1)
15:00 Bristol City 0-2 Reading / N.Blackman (9), G.McCleary (13)
15:00 Huddersfield 4-1 Bolton / E.Huws (45+1, 74), M.Carayol (51), J.Lynch (83) – L.Feeney (3)
15:00 Hull 1-1 QPR / M.Dawson (38) – C.Austin (26)
15:00 MK Dons 1-2 Leeds / S.Church (74) – C.Wood (pen 31), C.Taylor (43)
15:00 Rotherham 2-1 Cardiff / V.Odjidja-Ofoe (pen 43), M.Connolly o.g (90+2) – P.Whittingham (pen 45+3)
15:00 Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 Fulham / F.Forestieri (13), T.Lees (37), M.Turner (50) – J.O’Hara (31), T.Cairney (67)
15:00 Wolves 0-0 Brighton
Monday 21st September 2015
19:45 Derby 0-0 Burnley
Game of the Week: MK Dons 1-2 Leeds United
Referee: David Webb
Man of the Match: Charlie Taylor
Although not the highest scoring game this gameweek, the encounter between MK Dons and Leeds bared witness to copious amounts of chances created as well as shots attempted, and with the dominant team eventually losing it was certainly an exciting encounter statistically. The home side started the brightest and if it wasn’t for some clever goalkeeping from Silvestri they would have been ahead almost instantly through Sam Gallagher, but he saw his shot tipped over. The second chance of the game fell to Dons’ Rob Hall who cut in from the right flank to fire a left footed effort towards goal, but saw it sail harmlessly past the post. The MK Dons attacks seemed relentless as Josh Murphy showed flair on the left wing to beat the full-back and bear down on goal, only for his reasonably tame effort to be blocked by the legs of Leeds United’s stopper. With MK Dons firmly on top their fans will have been kicking up a cloud of dust when they saw their very own Carl Baker bring down Charlie Taylor inside the box to award Leeds a penalty, which Chris Wood inevitably put away to gift the visitors with a 1 goal advantage. MK Dons looked to have levelled the scores when Sam Gallagher sent the ball across goal to gift Josh Murphy an open net, but a superb sliding block from Scott Wootton saw the ball to safety. It just wasn’t looking like Dons’ day in front of goal as another good chance went begging when Sam Gallagher skied a point blank effort, following up on a Rob Hall effort which Silvestri could only parry. Despite the numerous chances which fell for the home team, they were to go into the break 2-0 down when Leeds full-back Charlie Taylor broke into the Dons box before nestling a left footed strike into the bottom right corner. The halftime whistle didn’t stem MK Dons’ attacking pressure however and in the 65th minute they were unlucky not to be back in the game, firstly seeing Diego Poyet’s effort tipped over and shortly after Josh Murphy’s close range effort coming back off the upright. Simon Church’s 74th minute goal will have been somewhat of a relief to Karl Robinson, whose team managed 26 efforts on goal on the day, as at 1-2 Dons were back in the fixture after finally finding the net. The footballing gods seemed to have deserted MK Dons in this one however as Samir Carruthers picked up a straight red from referee David Webb for a controversial tackle. With goalkeeper David Martin up for a late corner Dons were chucking everything at this game but were dealt one last blow when Anthony Kay’s header was stopped on the line, Lewis Cook countered for Leeds but failed to convert into a ‘keeper-less net. Leeds weathered the storm in Milton Keynes and travelled back up North with all 3 points, much to the frustration of MK Dons, but with a conversion rate of 3% on the day they’ll bound to be looking towards their quality of efforts in front of goal in training this week. Although MK Dons were superior in terms of possession and efforts on goal in this one Leeds will be delighted with their defensive display, winning 74% of their 23 tackles whilst intercepting the home side 28 times (compared to MK Dons’ 6 interceptions) as well as winning 50% of their 17 aerial duels. All in all their 14% conversion rate accompanied their defensive efforts nicely to tip them over the line with a win, recovering from a 1-0 defeat vs Ipswich in mid-week to move up to 10th spot. MK Dons meanwhile sink to 20th having lost 4 on the bounce.
MK Dons substitutions: 58′ ON Simon Church – OFF Sam Gallagher, 58′ ON Ben Reeves – OFF Rob Hall, 73′ ON Dean Bowditch – OFF Jordan Spence.
Leeds substitutions: 77′ ON Tom Adeyemi – OFF Alex Mowatt, 84′ ON Mirko Antenucci – OFF Sam Byram, 90+2′ ON Giuseppe Bellusci – OFF Stuart Dallas.
Goalscorers: Simon Church (74) – Chris Wood (31), Charlie Taylor (43)
Assists: Josh Murphy (74) – Liam Cooper (43)
Yellow Cards: Dean Lewington (75) – Liam Cooper (45+1), Scott Wootton (90+1)
MK DONS: David Martin 6.3, Jordan Spence 6.5, Kyle McFadzean 6.5, Anthony Kay 6.2, Dean Lewington 7.1, Diego Poyet 7.5, Samir Carruthers 5.5, Carl Baker 6, Rob Hall 6.2, Josh Murphy 8.4, Sam Gallagher 6.1, Simon Church 6.9, Ben Reeves 6.4, Dean Bowditch 6.1
LEEDS: Marco Silvestri 7.6, Scott Wootton 7.4, Sol Bamba 7.4, Liam Cooper 6.9, Charlie Taylor 8.5, Lewis Cook 7.1, Luke Murphy 6.9, Alex Mowatt 6.9, Sam Byram 6.5, Chris Wood 7.1, Stuart Dallas 7.4
Team Performance of the Week: Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn put in a blistering performance on Saturday to seal their much awaited first win of the Championship campagin as a Rhodes brace saw the home side run out as 3-0 winners. Although 3-0 is in no doubt a comfortable win when looking over the weekends results, Rovers could have very easily netted 5+ on the day creating 6 clear-cut chances, and their fans will have been in a state of disbelief that they didn’t take the lead before they did. Jordan Rhodes was an immediate problem for Charlton from the off as 2 clear-cut chances fell to the Rovers striker, but a couple of fantastic saves from Nick Pope in the Charlton goal kept the score at 0-0. Rovers saw another couple of first-half chances created, this time from corner routines, but again could not find the back of Pope’s net. Charlton came close to punishing Blackburn against the run of play when coming close with a couple of chances themselves, but this sprung the home side into action as Rhodes sneaked in at the back post from a corner kick to put his side 1-0 up at the death of the first half. There was further dominance from Blackburn in the second half as their eventual 59% of possession and average pass streak of 5 was to prove too much for Charlton to even get a look in. It wasn’t until the 75th minute however that Gary Bowyer’s men gained some well earned breathing space when Tom Lawrence’s cross found Rhodes at the near post who squeezed the ball home. Tom Lawrence was also involved in securing all 3 points for the home side as he blasted the ball into the roof of the net from close range, leaving the Latics keeper helpless. An eventual 3-0 win for Blackburn was highlighted by a convincing performance in control of the ball and on the day they used this advantage to create numerous chances, although lacking in efficiency. An eye catching stat from the home teams performance was the 41 crosses attempted during the 90 minutes in which 20% found their target, and taking this into consideration on top of the 12 key passes and 73% pass success in the final third the statistics are as convincing as the highlights reel. At the other end of the pitch Blackburn were equally as convincing as they won 58% of their 22 aerial duels and 73% of their 11 tackles, and to top this off their 10 interceptions made life more than difficult for the Charlton forwards, limiting them to just 3 shots on target. Despite this being Blackburn’s first win of the season they currently boast the second highest shots on target per game in the Championship (5.4), second to league leaders Brighton, and you’ve got to think that consistent performances like this will make them tricky customers to most opponents. Saturday’s 3-0 vicotry propels Rovers out of the relegation zone and up to 19th place as Jordan Rhodes moves to joint 3rd in the goalscorers tally netting on average every 125 minutes.
Goalscorers: Jordan Rhodes (45+1, 75), Tom Lawrence (85)
Assists: Shane Duffy (45+1), Tom Lawrence (75), Adam Henley (85)
Blackburn substitutions: 75′ ON Tom Lawrence – OFF Bengali-Foda Koita, 78′ ON Hope Akpan – OFF Danny Guthrie, 89′ ON Lee Williamson – OFF Corry Evans.
Blackburn Player Ratings vs Charlton
Jason Steele – 6.9, Adam Henley – 7.5, Shane Duffy – 7.2, Grant Hanley – 8.4, Markus Olsson – 7.6, Ben Marshall – 7.3, Danny Guthrie – 7, Corrry Evans – 7, Craig Conway – 7.8, Bengali-Foda Koita – 6.9, Jordan Rhodes – 8.5, Tom Lawrence – 7.8, Hope Akpan – 6.4, Lee Williamson – 6.
Blackburn’s Top 3 Performers
Jordan Rhodes – 8.5: For the first time this season Rhodes showed how his efficiency in front of goal can take a game away from opponents, a performance the Rovers fans have been anxiously awaiting. The Scotsman netted 2 vs Charlton but could have had 4 to his name just as easily, with Nick Pope in the Addicks goal denying him spectacularly on two occassions in the opening stages. With both his shot and pass accuracy breaking the 80% mark, including 2 key passes and 100% long ball accuracy, there is no surprise Rhodes bagged man of the match in this game as he helped seal his sides first win of the season.
Grant Hanley – 8.4: Although not the busiest of days for the Blackburn defence, Hanley was the stand out player of the back 4 and his 8.4 rating meant he narrowly missed out on man-of-the-match. Charlton only managed 9 attempts in this game which highlights Blackburn’s impressive defensive performance, Hanley contributing 2 interceptions, 3 clearances, 2 blocked shots and 3 successful aerial duels to thwart the Latics’ strike-force. All members of the Rovers back four played an above average game however, and looking over his stats it was Hanley’s passing which appeared to give him the edge in the ratings. The centre-back attempted 63 passes on the day completing 78% of them, including the assist for Tom Lawrence’s goal as well as 7 accurate long balls (from a possible 14). Hanley managed 75 touches vs Charlton in which only one was unsuccessful whilst the most important of them being a clearance off of the line.
Craig Conway – 7.8:
Conway was one of the eight Blackburn players to be rated in the 7’s vs Charlton, but was the pick of the bunch with an unselfish performance which saw him achieve a 7.8 as Blackburn’s best midfielder on the day. Although the left-winger didn’t register an assist, his passing and link-up play should not be discredited as he did register 6 key passes and 5 accurate crosses and while it’s common knowledge that Blackburn should have netted more the same can be said about the praise Conway should be given following his performance. A wider look at Conway’s passing stats saw him attempt 41 passes at a completion rate of 90% including a 100% long ball accuracy, whilst managing to deliver 15 crosses with a 33% cross accuracy. Although his only shot in the game failed to find the target, defensively Conway contributed 2 interceptions and 1 tackle to round off a solid team performance.
Blackburn Rovers stats vs Ipswich Town
Top Individual Peformances of the Week
Goalkeeper – Emiliano Martinez (Wolves)
The Arsenal loanee was the first player to achieve a 10 rating in this seasons Championship after his outstanding performance vs league leaders Brighton. Wolves managed to take a point from in form Brighton despite finishing the game with just 10 men, and Martinez’s penalty save played a huge part in the result. It was by no means a quiet game for Wolves’ stopper either as he had to be on top form to keep the likes of Tomer Hemed and Dale Stephens at bay, making 8 saves in the 90 minutes. The finer details of his goalkeeping performance included 6 claims and 100% catch success, whilst also achieving an interception to round off a day where Brighton couldn’t find a way past the 10/10 Argentine.
Defender – Nedum Onuoha (QPR)
Onuoha was the pick of the defenders this week after his mid-week performance against Blackburn which saw his side come from behind twice to draw 2-2. The Englishman achieved a rating of 8.9 on the day with his name in the headlines following a 79th minute equaliser to nick a point for QPR. Although his distribution from the back was questionable at times, Onuoha won the physical battle at the back which proved to be invaluable to QPR on the night. Winning 11 aerial duels whilst making 4 interceptions and 15 clearances, the R’s skipper consistently broke down Blackburn attacks reducing pressure on both the back four and Alex Smithies between the sticks. Other stats worth noting from Onuoha’s performance saw him complete 71% of his passes whilst having 100% touch success from 63 touches in the 90 minutes. Following this performance Onuoha moved up to the highest average rated player in the Championship this season at 7.68.
Midfielder – Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday)
Wallace may not have scored the goals which sunk Fulham but his 3 assists and excellent playmaking display made him a worthy man-of-the-match on Saturday as he achieved a match rating of 9.3. The hat-trick of assists from Wednesday’s centre-midfielder were a product of the 6 key passes and 70% cross accuracy during the 90 minutes, highlighting just how efficient Wallace’s chance creation was. In general Wallace was useful in possession of the ball as he completed 81% of his passes and wasn’t dispossessed by a Fulham player throughout the entirety of the game, on the whole a performance fit for midfielder of the week.
Striker – Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn)
It has been aforementioned in this article how influential Rhodes was in sealing Blackburn their first win of the season as he bagged 2 goals, with a conversion rate of 40%. It wasn’t just goals which Rhodes contributed to in this tie however as his 83% pass completion, including 2 key passes and 100% long ball accuracy suggests his link-up play was also superb. Following the 3-0 victory over Charlton, Rhodes has now contributed to 44% of Blackburn’s goal this season, netting a goal every 125 minutes with an average rating of 7.
How It Stands…