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  • Wed, 18 Sep 2019 08:58:29 +0000: 'We didn't expect this': where is it going wrong for Nathan Jones and Stoke? - Championship | The Guardian

    Stoke have the most expensive squad in the Championship but have endured their worst start for more than a century

    Nathan Jones, a devout Christian, has several tattoos, from praying hands and the crucifixion on his left arm to Jesus Christ on his right bicep, and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam across his back. Faith means a lot to Jones and a belief in the methods that have brought him this far is equally unwavering, despite six defeats in seven Championship matches this season. “I don’t know if I’ve trod on a black cat or something, but everything seems to be going against us,” Jones said, stumped, after losing to Bristol City last Saturday. At the final whistle, he briefly bowed his head and held his palms aloft to supporters in the Boothen End as if to say sorry, and thank you for sticking by him.

    The most expensively assembled squad in the Championship – at more than £143m – sit bottom of the pile with one point. “I don’t ask for a ride in his [the owner’s] helicopter,” Jones said recently, “I ask for time.” Jones and the club’s hierarchy are confident the tide will turn but something has to change at Brentford on Saturday. Stoke, who have endured their worst start to a season for more than a century, have forgotten how winning feels; the last time they got three points was on 6 April and it is 200 days since victory before their home crowd. They have not won successive matches since October, when Gary Rowett was in charge and Dean Smith was still to replace Steve Bruce at Aston Villa.

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  • Sun, 15 Sep 2019 14:14:29 +0000: Eddie Nketiah’s strike helps puts Leeds on top again after late win at Barnsley - Championship | The Guardian

    Arsenal held a series of discreet interviews this summer with applicants, from home and abroad, asked to present in-depth pitches as to why their club would provide the right temporary home for Eddie Nketiah.

    Perhaps thanks partly to the relationship between Victor Orta, the Leeds director of football, and Unai Emery, Arsenal’s manager, the Yorkshire club won the competition to take the 20-year-old striker on a season‑long loan and on Sunday Nketiah once again reminded everyone what the fuss was about.

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  • Sun, 15 Sep 2019 12:52:17 +0000: Huddersfield 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday: Championship – as it happened - Championship | The Guardian

    In the battle of the new managers, two excellent goals from Steven Fletcher and Sam Winnall gave Garry Monk an ultimately comfortable victory over the Cowley brothers

    Garry Monk won the battle of the new two new Yorkshire managers as Sheffield Wednesday beat Huddersfield 2-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

    Steven Fletcher’s 10th-minute header and a rare goal from substitute Sam Winnall proved the difference between the two sides as Danny Cowley who, along with his brother and assistant Nicky, suffered defeat in their first outing at the Huddersfield helm.

    That’s it for today’s blog. The win moves Sheffield Wednesday up to ninth, only a couple of points off the automatic promotion places. Huddersfield stay in 21st. Thanks for your company - bye!

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    Peep peep! Garry Monk starts his spell as Sheffield Wednesday manager with an ultimately comfortable victory, thanks to two accomplished headers from Steven Fletcher and Sam Winnall. Huddersfield were willing but looked short on quality and especially confidence. The Cowley brothers will need a bit of time to improve things.

    90+2 min Nuhiu and Bacuna have a bit of a shoving match on the touchline. Nothing to see here.

    90 min Four minutes of added time.

    89 min “One final thought,” says Joe Ludlam. “Imagine what Adthe Nuhiu would have done to England’s defence if Kosovo had brought him off the bench...”

    He is an appreciable unit.

    87 min Winnall’s shot goes behind off a defender. It was very hard work for 72 minutes, but since the second goal Wednesday have been cruising.

    86 min Kieran Lee replaces the impressive Kadeem Harris, who had a hand in both goals.

    85 min Nuhiu limbers into the area and finds Winnall, who blasts the bouncing ball over the bar on the turn.

    83 min Huddersfield’s heads have gone down since the second goal, which is understandable if not ideal.

    82 min Another Wednesday change: Atdhe Nuhiu replaces the goalscorer Steven Fletcher.

    79 min Huddersfield suddenly look so vulnerable to the counter-attack. Winnall, in a criminal amount of space just past the halfway line. slices the defence open with a beautiful pass to the left-back Palmer. He surges into the area and slips a low cross that just evades the sliding Fletcher in front of an open goal. Fletcher is then booked for something or other.

    77 min This could get worse for Huddersfield. Wednesday break down the left through Winnall, who picks out Reach on the edge of the box. He has time to take a touch and smack a shot that deflects wide off Hogg. Before the corner is taken, Huddersfield bring on Steve Mounie for the impressive Fraizer Campbell.

    74 min It’s been a bit of a mugging, in that Huddersfield have dominated possession throughout, but the two Wednesday goals were excellent.

    That’s another really good goal. Harris drew two defenders towards him and played the ball back to Bannan, who curled a beautiful first-time ball towards the six-yard line. It was perfect for the substitute Sam Winnall, who got between the centre-halves and flicked an accomplished header in off the far post.

    71 min “I don’t think we’ve looked inspired going forward since about 1998,” says Joe Ludlam, “and after a year of Jos Luhakay’s ‘everyone a centre-half’ philosophy I’ll take any hint of positive intent. I do worry about loading good players into the middle when they’re more effective elsewhere (Reach is best on the wing, Hutchinson less likely to get sent off at the back) but hopefully Monk will have the confidence to address this as the season progresses.”

    70 min Borner is booked for taking a shortcut through the back of Campbell.

    69 min Hutchinson has hurt his left knee after landing awkwardly. He’s going to try to continue.

    68 min Hadergjonaj is booked for a foul on Harris, who has given him a difficult afternoon.

    66 min That was a really good chance for Reach. Harris zoomed into the area and picked out Reach in space on the edge of the area. He took the short first time, but it was a tame strike and too close to Grabara.

    63 min Chalobah is booked for a high foot on Borner. I’m not even sure it was a foul.

    61 min Hadergjonaj’s low cross ricochets right across the face of goal. Huddersfield look more threatening since that double substitution.

    60 min Reach wriggles away from Hogg on the edge of the area and hits a shot on the turn that goes just wide. Grabara had it covered. Moments later, Wednesday make their first change, with Sam Winnall replacing Murphy.

    57 min: Good save from Westwood! Bacuna forced his way past Odubajo on the left and cut the ball back towards Kongolo on the edge of the area. He took the shot first time, sweeping it low towards the near post, and Westwood got down to his right to make a smart save.

    56 min Huddersfield make a double change, with Juninho Bacuna and Isaac Mbenza replacing Diakhaby and O’Brien.

    55 min Hutchinson is booked for repeat offending.

    52 min Hutchinson’s tame shot from 25 yards dribbles well wide.

    50 min “Not the greatest half of football ever played,” says Paolo. “Based on it, both new managers have a job on their hands.”

    49 min At the other end, Campbell’s volley is too close to Westwood. He’s looked very sharp.

    48 min I don’t think that was a penalty. He was bumped a bit by Schindler, but I don’t think there was enough for a foul. I’d like to see it again though because he may have been sandwiched by Schindler and Hogg.

    47 min Wednesday have a big penalty appeal turned down. Murphy played a smart one-two with Fletcher and went down after a challenge from the side. The referee wasn’t interested. We haven’t seen a replay yet.

    47 min “The Cowley brothers’ arrival has certainly felt positive,” says Paul Townend. “The message boards and threads had got incredibly despondent, not an unknown trait in Huddersfield. Amazing to think they already have more wins at the John Smith than the previous manager!”

    46 min Peep peep! Sheffield Wednesday get the second half under way.

    Half-time reading

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    “(Early) afternoon Rob, from a Wednesday fan,” says Joe Ludlam. “The 4-5-1 formation has looked very negative at Hillsborough - we’ve had the players to make it work but a succession of defensive managers have used the central three to protect rather than control. It’s refreshing to see the players given a bit more licence going forward today, especially the wingers. Hopefully Monk will bring back the optimism we felt so briefly under Steve Bruce. That said, I still wish I was watching the cricket.”

    It’s been more of a 4-4-2 today, which Garry Monk has often used during his career. They’ve been a bit uninspired going forward, although that’s partly because they had a lead to protect for most of the half. And it was a very good goal.

    Peep peep! Wednesday lead through Steven Fletcher’s accomplished early goal. That aside it’s been a pretty scruffy game, although Huddersfield in particular have been full of good intentions.

    44 min Murphy spanks wide from 25 yards.

    41 min Wednesday haven’t offered much going forward, apart from that fine early goal. They seem happy enough to sit on their lead and see what Huddersfield have got.

    37 min This is better from Huddersfield. Grant beats a couple of players and angles a lofted cross towards the far post, where Hadergjonaj heads the ball tamely into the arms of Westwood. I think he was trying to steer it towards Campbell, who was in space to his left.

    35 min Kongolo moves infield from the left and hits a stinging right-footed shot from the edge of the box that Westwood can’t hold. Happily for him, it rebounds to safety.

    31 min It’s been a blue-collar match so far. Bannan has shown the usual touches of class, but the effort:quality ratio leaves a little to be desired.

    27 min Grant’s corner is headed away as far as Hogg, who slashes over the bar from 25 yards.

    26 min Grant goes on a lovely run from the left, beating Odubajo and then Iorfa before Odubajo makes a good recovery challenge on the edge of the area.

    22 min I think the Cowley brothers will be pretty happy with Huddersfield’s start. They’ve been bright and breezy in possession, Campbell in particular, and are a little unfortunate to be behind.

    20 min The lively Campbell beats Hutchinson with a lovely piece of skill and plays the ball wide towards Hadergjonaj. He has options in the middle ... and sidefoots his cross straight at the keeper Westwood.

    19 min “Signs of a fresh approach already for Huddersfield,” says Jerry Strachan. “Starting 12 men may prove to be a masterstroke. Playing Hogg twice in the same match is inspired.”

    Ach, thanks for pointing it out – I’ll change it.

    18 min Anyone out there?

    16 min Good play from Kongolo. He marches forwards from left-back, plays a one-two with Campbell and volleys over the bar on the stretch.

    14 min Campbell tries to get Huddersfield going again with a lively tackle on Hutchinson. Bannan then takes Hogg out, increasing the temperature some more.

    11 min That was such good play from Kadeem Harris, who beat his man with ease and then delivered a fine cross.

    That’s an excellent goal. After a long passing move from Wednesday, Bannan finds Harris on the left. He surges towards the byline, beating Hadergjonaj easily with a stepover before standing up a lovely cross. Fletcher towers over Elphick in the six-yard box to thump a header into the net.

    8 min Huddersfield win the first corner of the match, on the right. Grant curls it in, and there’s a foul on a Wednesday defender.

    6 min At the other end, Chalobah sidefoots a low shot from 25 yards that is comfortably held by Westwood, sprawling to his left.

    5 min A long goalkick from Westwood is headed down by Fletcher to Reach, who knees the ball up and hits a volley that goes straight at Grabara from 20 yards. He didn’t really get hold of it.

    4 min The Wednesday right-back Odubajo takes one in the personal space, prompting much mirth in the commentary box.

    3 min A slow start, with both teams having a look at each other.

    1 min Peep peep! Huddersfield, in blue and white stripes, kick off from right to left. Sheffield Wednesday are in their green change strip.

    The players emerge, looking ready for action. Danny Cowley and Garry Monk shake hands warmly in the tunnel. For all concerned, a new era is about to begin.

    And here’s Garry Monk

    “It’s been a good week. I’ve had so much support and a really good welcome. It’s only been a short period with the players but we’ve tried to do some good work without being overbearing. It’s a really good group - very motivated and positive - and it’s been difficult to leave people out.

    Danny Cowley’s pre-match thoughts

    “It’s been a really good week - a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s been great to meet the people of Huddersfield: the players, the staff and some of the supporters. At this stage we’re trying to get to know the players as people, and once you do that you can start to build respect and trust, and then hopefully we can start to affect them. We’ve got no Alex Pritchard, who hasn’t been able to train We’ve picked a team we feel can be successful on the day.”

    Huddersfield (4-2-3-1) Grabara; Hadergjonaj, Elphick, Schindler, Kongolo; Hogg, Chalobah; Diakhaby, O’Brien, Grant; Campbell.
    Substitutes: Schofield, Bacuna, Kachunga, Mbenza, Mounie, Stankovic, J Brown.

    Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2) Westwood; Odubajo, Iorfa, Borner, Palmer; Murphy, Hutchinson, Bannan, Harris; Fletcher, Reach.
    Substitutes: Dawson, Fox, Lee, Winnall, Nuhiu, Luongo, Bates.

    Pre-match reading

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    Hello. The 2019-20 season literally starts today for Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday, who both go into this lunchtime match with new managers. The Cowley brothers are in charge at the John Smith’s Stadium, while Garry Monk has taken over from Wednesday caretaker Lee Bullen.

    Bullen did a decent job, winning three of his six games, and a win today would move Wednesday to within two points of Charlton in second. The Cowleys start their new job from a position of weakness: Huddersfield are second from bottom, with one point from six games.

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  • Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:29:03 +0000: Football League: Forest end Swansea's unbeaten run as Bolton thrashed again - Championship | The Guardian
    • QPR win thriller against Luton, Stoke lose at home
    • Coventry top of League One, Exeter lead League Two

    League leaders Swansea saw their unbeaten start come to an end as a smash-and-grab raid from Nottingham Forest snatched all three points at the Liberty Stadium. Lewis Grabban found Alfa Semedo to tap in with just five minutes left on the clock.

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    Fulham 1-1 West Brom, Blackburn 2-0 Millwall, Charlton 0-1 Birmingham, Hull 2-2 Wigan, Middlesbrough 1-0 Reading, Preston 2-0 Brentford, QPR 3-2 Luton, Stoke 1-2 Bristol City, Swansea 0-1 Nottm Forest 

    Accrington 1-3 Sunderland, Blackpool 0-3 MK Dons, Burton 0-0 Coventry, Gillingham 2-0 Wycombe, Ipswich 0-0 Doncaster, Lincoln 0-1 Bristol Rovers, Oxford 3-0 Tranmere, Peterborough 6-0 Rochdale, Rotherham 6-1 Bolton, Southend 3-3 Fleetwood, Wimbledon 1-1 Shrewsbury 

    Crawley 1-0 Mansfield, Crewe 2-3 Cambridge, Exeter 2-2 Leyton Orient, Forest Green 1-0 Colchester, Northampton 2-0 Newport, Oldham 2-2 Grimsby, Port Vale 1-0 Plymouth, Salford 0-2 Cheltenham, Scunthorpe 3-0 Morecambe, Stevenage 2-3 Carlisle, Swindon 3-0 Macclesfield, Walsall 0-1 Bradford

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  • Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:28:00 +0000: Birmingham’s Bellingham snatches win as Charlton miss chance to go top - Championship | The Guardian

    As the son of one of the most prolific strikers to have graced the non-league game, Jude Bellingham should have learned a thing or two about scoring goals. The 16-year-old, whose father, Mark, racked up more than 700 in his career while also serving as a sergeant for West Midlands Police, inflicted Charlton’s first defeat of the season with a superb strike on his full league debut as Pep Clotet’s side played party poopers on the 100th anniversary of the first match played at this ground.

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  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:08:35 +0000: Burton announce Flanagan departure - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Burton Albion announce that defender Tom Flanagan is to leave the club, despite having "verbally agreed" a new deal.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:17:38 +0000: Leeds United buy back Elland Road - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Championship side Leeds United buy back their Elland Road ground, 13 years after selling it.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:08:39 +0000: Bond reunited with Redknapp at Birmingham - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Birmingham City appoint Kevin Bond as Harry Redknapp's number two - the fifth time they have worked together.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:03:41 +0000: Ipswich sign Cardiff midfielder Huws - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Ipswich Town sign midfielder Emyr Huws from Championship rivals Cardiff City, while goalkeeper Dean Gerken agrees a new deal.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:51 +0000: Ex-England midfielder Parker retires - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Ex-England, Charlton and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker announces his retirement from football.

Today has seen the signing of young striker Charlie Strutton for struggling side AFC Wimbledon after he had impressed Terry Brown whilst on a three week trial earlier in the year. Barnsley have today signed winger David Cotterill on a free transfer which could see the player making his debut for the club this weekend.

Championship top dogs West Ham have today sealed the double signing of Ravel Morrison from Manchester United as well as Ricardo Vaz Te from Barnsley. The young starlet ravel Morrison is believed to have attracted a lot of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs such as Barcelona, Roma and Paris St Germain but has decided to stay in the English divisions.

Vaz Te has had an extremely good season so far with the Portuguese striker already netting ten times for former club Barnsley.

Sussex club Brighton have completed the signing of two Manchester City players on loan until the end of the season which again cemented the up and coming clubs ambition to gain entry into the premier league. The club has signed Abdul Razak and Gai Assulin who are both midfielders who have failed to break through into the first team at Manchester City. On another plus side for the Sussex club their influential winger craig Noone has committed his future to the club stating he is more than happy at the seagulls amid speculation that he could be joining Cardiff City in the summer after the Welsh club had a £1.2 million offer turned down by Gus Poyet in January.

Cardiff Cities formidable striker has today stated that he would indeed be extremely happy to extend his loan spell at league one side Scunthorpe United with the striker claiming he prefers life at the club. Cardiff winger Peter Whttingham has today stated that he is convinced he made the correct decision to commit himself to the Welsh club amid speculation that he could have joined West Ham during the January transfer window.

Richard Keogh has again reinforced his commitment to Coventry City by stating he would be more than happy to open contract negotiations with the club before the end of the season. This will be great news for manager Andy Thorn as he is already looking to bolster his squad for next season and would have thought of it as a detrimental loss to have lost Keogh for next season.

Ben reeves has today made his switch from Southampton to league two team Dagenham & Redbridge on a twelve month loan deal. Southampton have also gladly received back today forward Ryan Doyle from his loan spell at Bury and the influential forward is more than happy to be back.

Leeds United new boy boss Neil Warnock has today signed the Portsmouth forward Danny Webber on a deal that will see him at the club until the end of the season. Warnock has today also stated that he will have to wait until the end of the season before he can make any new moves for players until he assesses the financial situation. James Harper has today completed his move to Wycombe from title chasing league one team Hull City on a short term loan deal which will see him remain for just over a month.

Hull City have finally completed an interesting and what they hope will be a extremely beneficial loan deal for Joshua King. The Manchester united starlet will remain with the side until the end of the season with the possibility of extending it past that date.