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Sky Bet Championship - Saturday Review

The pitch at the Valley was deemed unplayable. (©GettyImages)
The pitch at the Valley was deemed unplayable. (©GettyImages).

The SkyBet Championship once again provided some great entertainment this weekend. Not only was their goals, but also an abandonment and a kit blunder on the fourth week of the season. 

Blackpool top the table with a hard-working 1-0 win over Reading. The Royals dominated for much of the game, but it was Blackpool who got the win after some comical defending from Nigel Adkins' team allowed Tom Barkhuizen to slot past Alex McCarthy. 

Leicester survived a scare to regain their unbeaten record. Birmingham led for 66 minutes after a 12th minute goal from Matt Green. But, three goals in 12 minutes secured the win for the Foxes despite a late strike from Chris Burke.

In the early kick-off QPR earned a 1-0 away win against struggling Bolton. A dull first half was shaded by Bolton who conceded 10 minutes into the second when a neat cross was turned in by Andy Johnson. The Championship favourites held on to go into third.

Leeds came from behind to beat Ipswich at Portman Road and move into fifth. The Tractor Boys took the lead in the 12th minute when David McGoldrick smashed passed Paddy Kenny. The lead lasted 16 minuted, Luke Varney equalising with a calm finish. Early in the second half Leeds were ahead, Ross McCormack's deflected shot cruelly deceiving Scott Loach.

Bournemouth's awful away form continued as they were thrashed by Huddersfield. 3 first half goals from Adam Hammill and James Vaughan (2) all but put the game to bed. The Terriers continued to dominate and when Vaughan got his hat-trick from the penalty spot it looked like it could be a long day for the Cherries.

Substitute Marc Pugh did get a goal back, but Adam Clayton hit a stunning 25 yard-er to make the final score 5-1.

Yeovil's poor form continues as they were beaten 3-0 at home by Derby. Johnny Russell and Craig Bryson put the Rams 2-0 up before half-time and Chris Martin finished the Glovers off after Hennessey could only parry Jamie Ward's strike into his path.    

Brighton got their first home win of the season as they beat 10 man Burnley 2-0. Andrew Crofts opened when he was given too much space in the box, slotting home from 10 yards. Burnley keeper Tom Heaton was dismissed in strange fashion after handling twice whilst releasing the ball. He was shown his second yellow, putting Brighton in pole-position for 3 points, they took advantage, Ulloa sealed the win with a goal 18 minutes from time.

Despite leading, Barnsley fell to their third defeat of the season at the hands of Blackburn. Chris Dagnall put the Tykes ahead but just 3 minutes later they were down to ten men, Jean-Yves M'voto was dismissed after bringing down Jordan Rhodes. The resulting free-kick was converted by Tom Cairney. 2 goals from Jordan Rhodes and one from Josh King made it 4-1 to Blackburn at half-time.

Todd Kane for Blackburn and Tomasz Cywka for Barnsley both scored after the interval making the final score 5-2 to Blackburn. Barnsley are now rock-bottom with just one point. 

Andy Keogh scored a late penalty as Millwall got their first point of the season against Sheffield Wednesday. Millwall were forced to play in a kit borrowed from, Sheffield Wednesday after forgetting their own and Kamil Zayatte must have been confused as he put it in his own net to give Millwall the lead. Two minutes later, the game was level Reda Johnson heading home for Wednesday. They then took the lead in the 21st minute as Jeremy Helan drove the ball past Stephen Bywater.

It looked as though that would be how it would stay, until, 3 minutes from time Millwall were awarded a controversial penalty that was converted by Andy Keogh. Millwall now off the bottom after a terrible start to the season.

The game between Charlton and Doncaster was abandoned at half-time despite Rovers leading 3-1. Heavy rain made the pitch unplayable and the game was stopped 26 minutes in with Doncaster already leading 3-0. The match was resumed and Simon Church pulled one back for Charlton before the interval.

The rain continued and despite help from the Doncaster players the game was abandoned, a decision Rovers manager Paul Dickov was not too happy about. 

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