Warnock's back, Alex Neil gets a win and Lamouchi lost again: The Second Tier Summary
An interesting weekend which surprised some, well, surprises. Second half collapses, 100% records maintaining and more misery at the bottom of the Championship meant for some interesting decisions needing to be made over the coming international break.
Nonetheless, we've got the 5 good and 5 bad things to happen from the weekend!
It was a surprising result at the weekend as Preston beat Brentford. With the Lilywhites 2-0 at half time, you'd have been forgiven to think the game was done. Cue a rowsing second half performance from a more than likely angry Alex Neil, and Preston ran out 4-2 winners.
2) Neil Warnock
After being diagnosed with Coronvirus and missing the game last week for Boro, Neil Warnock battled back to take training this and lead his Boro side to their first win of the season. Couple that with him taking charge of his 1500th game as a Manager against Barnsley, it certainly was a good day for him and the Teesiders.
3) Ivan Toney
Okay, Brentford lost. But as a striker, your job is to score and he bagged 2 against Preston to put his side 2-0 up, only for a second half collapse costing the Bees all 3 points.
However, this is a player coming in with a big price tag, and after missing some good chances in the opening 2 games the pressure was starting to build. However, a penalty last week and 2 goals this week means he can breathe a sigh of relief even if Thomas Frank would lamenting the dreadful defending.
4) Veljko Paunovic
Anyone have any idea who this guy was when Reading brought him in? Not me. However, after some early doubts, he's starting to win me over. He's got the team functioning the way it should. Good, organised formation with the ability to break quick. With the attacking talent in this Reading side, and some good defenders at the back, this should be the building blocks for at least a mid table finish for the Royals.
We also make that a 100% start after their win against Watford. Let's also mention 1 goal conceded. Cracking stuff.
5) Derby County
Okay, so you might assume some bias here. But let's be honest, this game was a shithouse masterclass. Derby needed it, Cocu needed and the fans needed it. And it was only right that after being battered all game, Derby win it in the last minute with a freekick having only forced 1 save out of Tim Krul in goal for Norwich.
It's been an indifferent start for Brentford. 2 losses and 2 wins shows the inconsistencies in their early season form that plagued them last season. With players starting to come back in, like Raya and Benrahma, they're only going to get stronger. But second half capitulations for a side gunning for automatics is not good enough.
2) Cardiff City
Okay, a 0-0 draw isn't the worse result when you have 10 men but it really hasn't been a good start for Cardiff. 2 defeats, 1 win and a draw is not the best start for a side that should be looking toward the play offs. Couple that with a high amount of chances they're conceding, defensively it's not sustainable.
3) Gustavo Hamer
It's been a bright start for Coventry City and Hamer. A game against Bournemouth was a chance to showcase their qualities. However, what transpired was not a good look for Hamer.
A small altercation ensued with Hamer and Cook, it then seemed that Hamer gestured/spat at before slapping (is there a word for small palm brush to the face?) Cook. This is all alleged, the only fact is Hamer will be banned for at least 3 games.
4) Norwich City
Farke is a man under pressure. Norwich City failed to beat Derby despite dominated for 90 minutes. A few chances came by and still Norwich could not break down a stubborn. Couple that with the same issues last weekend against Bournemouth, there are clear issues.
Also worth mentioning Pukki missed a penalty after an unfortunate slip.
5) Sabri Lamouchi
There are clear issues at Forest. Very clear. Despite a spritely display going forward, they still looked a mess defensively. Weimann was unmarked for the first goal, Martin unmarked for the knock down. What happens next is up to the Forest board, whatever happens, the Forest board need to make a show of commitment.