1. AFC Bournemouth
A brilliant 5-1 win on Friday night against Fulham at Craven Cottage saw Eddie Howe’s side return to the summit of the Championship, with two goals each for both Brett Pitman and Matt Ritchie with centre-half Steve Cook rounding off the rout for The Cherries with a superb strike on 84 minutes. It’s been a good week for the Dorset club, with them picking up seven points out of nine, after a few poor results which threatened to derail their promotion charge.
2. Rotherham United
Saturday saw the Millers come up against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium, with United looking for only their third away win of the season, and come 5 o’clock they were able to celebrate thanks to goals from Kari Arnason and loanee Conor Sammon which has helped them move nine points clear of the relegation zone.
3. Norwich City
Johnny Howson led the way as in-form Norwich dismantlement a sorry Millwall at The Den. The 4-1 scoreline flattered Ian Holloway’s side with Graham Dorrans hitting the post and Cameron Jerome having a effort cleared off the line. But goals from Wes Hoolahan, Gary Hooper and a brace from the before mentioned Howson were enough to see of the threat from a lackluster Millwall.
4. Charlton Athletic
It’s been a great seven days for Guy Luzon’s team who have picked up 3 wins out of 3 this week. Saturday saw a trip across the border to Wales to face Cardiff City. After falling behind to a Federico Macheda goal just before the hour, Charlton re-grouped, and a goal from Tony Watt drew them level, thanks to an assist from Chris Eagles. With the game drawing to a close a Sean Morrison challenge on Simon Church was deemed to be worthy of a penalty, with Yoni Buyens tucking the spot kick away to condemn the Bluebird’s to successive home defeats.
1. Derby County
The Rams threw away a 2-0 lead in stoppage time against Birmingham City, after being in control for a vast majority of the match, Steve McClaren’s team will be left with a very bitter taste in the mouth after squandering the chance to go two points clear at the top.
2. Ipswich Town
After a tough start to March, the match against promotion rivals Brentford presented a opportunity to return to winning ways, and the play-offs but a 1-1 draw wasn’t what the Suffolk based club were looking for. Despite top scorer Daryl Murphy lashing home his 22nd goal of the season, it’s now three games without a win for the Tractor Boys, with automatic promotion starting to look unlikely now for Mick McCarthy side.
3. Wigan Athletic
Five home defeats in a row now for the FA Cup winners of two years ago, Wigan are looking increasingly likely to be playing their football back in the third tier after another dismal showing in front of goal, with only three shots on target out of the 19 shots they had in the 90 minutes. Where has it all gone wrong for The Latics?