The Championship can be a hugely entertaining competition – few football fans would dispute that.
While the second tier might not stack up anywhere the Premier League in terms of star names, global broadcast coverage and general standard of play, the promotion and relegation battles usually throw up some gripping narratives.
Each season, fans can expect the 24 Championship clubs vying to secure a place in the top-flight to produce the fast, counter-attacking style that is synonymous with English football.
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It is a fearless philosophy that often sets up promoted teams to cause a shock or two in the Premier League – take the Leicester City of last season as the perfect example.
Of course, not everything can be pretty in a league with few players of elite technical ability or international status.
The teams hovering near the bottom of the Championship are often guiltier than most of resorting to Sunday League-level passages of play.
This season, Wigan Athletic and Rotherham are the unfortunate occupants of the two lowest positions on the league table – and with 20 points separating them, relegation is already guaranteed for the latter.
With five fixtures left to play, Wigan still have a slim chance of staying up with seven points between them and the relegation zone.
However, their ambitions of surviving didn’t stop from descending into a 15-second display of some of the worst football you’ll see anywhere.
15 SECONDS OF MADNESS
It begins with a Wigan player lofting a pass from near the halfway line to his goalkeeper – hardly ideal, but the move probably should result in the ‘keeper calmly controlling the ball – who is under little pressure just outside his 18-yard box.
But he is touch is just a little too heavy, inviting the Rotherham attacker to block his attempted clearance and create a path to an open goal.
Instead of controlling the ball and putting away a cool finish though, the striker panics and goes for an audacious volley, only to scuff his shot a good few yards wide of the near post.
It sounds like a lot of action for 15 seconds – and it is. See for yourself in the video below.
While it makes for funny viewing in the case of fans without an allegiance to the teams involved, footage like this highlights the well-documented gap in quality between the top two divisions of English football.
If there is one thing going for the Rotherham striker, at least his miss won’t make or break whether his club beats relegation this season.
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