Dolan does it again, Derby do it again, and Forest well, do it again: The Second Tier Summary

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

It felt like quite an average weekend in the Championship as we entered the third game week. Perhaps the draws and rather average displays contributed to that. Nonetheless, it gave us some talking points.

With that in mind, i'll take you some of the key talking points from the last load of games, both good and bad.

The Good

1. Swansea City

Perhaps going under the radar Steve Cooper's side. Not quite hitting their groove and the low scoring games possibly contributing to that. But you just have to talk about them. Firstly, 3 clean sheets in a row is a great start for any side, unbeaten even better and whilst picking up 7 points. A great start.

Now let's chuck in the lack of recognised forward and it's actually a very good start. A splash of a goalscorer and a little bit more strength in depth in some areas and this side will look the real deal.

A dominating performance against Wycombe, it really was dominating, contributed to a good start to the season for the Swans. They posted the highest xG this weekend, meaning they created the most goalscoring chances. If only there was a goalscorer in this side to help ease the load on Ayew and co.

2. Tyreece Dolan

What a performance from this lad AGAIN. If anyone thought last week's performance was a flash in the pan, just watch this game back and some of his highlights.

His feet are incredible. How quick they move to bamboozle Derby defenders this weekend shows his quality. I'm in awe of his ability after just 2 games and really think he can go all the way. Completed 4 dribbles again at the weekend as well as bagging a goal.

Big future for Dolan and a free transfer, signing of the season so far.

3. Reading

Third win on the trot for Reading, putting them top of the league. Looking steady defensively and putting chances away, it's finally a time to look forward for Reading fans.

When we say putting chances away, 14 of their shots have been target this season out of 20. Lucas Joao is looking like the player we thought he'd be and defensively look sound.

Paunovic has turned this team around and he deserves credit.

4. Josh Koroma

You could argue he was a forgotten man for Huddersfield having joined and been loaned out, it was a bit of a mixed season last season.

Fast forward to this season and he's becoming a key man for the Terriers. Link up play with Toffolo and Campbell and acting almost as a second striker type, he was a danger with almost every attack against Forest. He's a player that will need to be on his game if Huddersfield are going to avoid a relegation battle.

5. Dean Holden

This man has been a revelation for Bristol City.

Fans were against the board and the appointment initially. But winning 3 games on the trot will certainly get fans on his side.

He's getting players playing. Paterson picking up where he left off last season, Vyner and Moore getting game time and Martin bagging assists. Pair this with his incredible touchline dress sense, Holden's certainly got my approval.

The Bad

1. Phillip Cocu

Got a lot of love Cocu on the podcast, but you have to question this start to the season. Days after saying this is what he wants the team to look like, they pull out a dreadful home performance against Blackburn.

Rovers could have won by 7 or 8 which is a shocking testament to how bad Derby were. When your manager questions your desire and attitude after 3 games, then there's something drastically wrong.

2. Forest

See above.

No seriously, see above for response. The situation at Forest couldn't be any worse. A massive influx of players have arrived and Forest are still 10 games without a win.

Lamouchi's days are number unless there's a drastic turnaround in form. On Friday night, they were simply terrible and couple that with Sabri Lamouchi playing 3 defensive midfielders (really bizarre, seriously wtf?), you've got to question him.

3. Wayne Rooney

2 Derby references in the same section of the same article. Well, Wayne Rooney really was terrible. The game passed him by. To make matters worse, former Derby player Bradley Johnson dominated the midfield with 2 goals (2 piledrivers i'll add) which could have been avoided with some closing down.

He's looked unfit since football returned in June and was carried by youngster Max Bird, and his performances are suffering as a result. He's most likely the highest paid player at the club and comes with his reputation, he HAS to do better as captain and first choice midfielder.

4. Norwich City

It's been an indifferent start for Norwich and defeat to fellow relegated side Bournemouth compunded the start to the season.

They were relatively average against Huddersfield, good in parts against Preston and poor against Bournemouth, this Norwich side simply has to do better.

There's a good calibre of player at the club, and they need be creating and scoring more to justify their tag of promotion candidates.

5. Barnsley

We love Struber on this podcast but even we can't ignore this dreadful start.

Losing Jacob Brown when they did certainly won't help matters and not scoring any goals yet this season just isn't good enough for a side steeped in quality.

A goalless draw to Coventry City at the weekend highlights some real issues for Struber. They have to pick up points and quick, otherwise you can see them being dragged into another relegation battle should form and confidence drop.


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