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Fan First's Championship review from weekend 23rd of October featuring - AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town

Bournemouth extended their unbeaten start to the season into the 14th game with a thumnping 3-0 victory over Huddersfield which ended the Terriers’ own 4 game run without defeat. Dominic Solanke scored a brace to take his tally for the season to 11. The former Liverpool forward’s first goal came two minutes after an emotional applause in tribute to young midfielder David Brooks after his cancer diagnosis, and Cherries fans rewarded Solanke’s performance with a 7.98 rating, making him the Man of the Match. Honorable mention should also go to Ryan Christie who assisted Lloyd Kelly for Bournemouth’s third, who had a solid game and has been impressive at times for Scott Parker’s side since joining from Celtic in the summer, averaging a 6.84 rating so far on Fan First.

One of the weekend’s biggest games saw Blackpool beat Preston in the West Lancashire Derby at Bloomfield Road for the first time in 24 years. Blackpool were excellent and that is reflected in the ratings for this one, with every player picking up a 7.00 rating or higher from this one, and averaging a 7.58 through the team. Keshi Anderson broke the deadlock in the first half before former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine doubled the Tangerines’ advantage midway through the second half, with the forwards picking up 7.99 and 7.74 ratings respectively.  But it was full-back Jordan Gabriel who took Man of the Match, with Pool fans clearly very impressed by the 23-year-old’s performance, earning a 8.19 rating.

Middlesbrough’s 2-0 win over Cardiff saw the Bluebirds fall to their eighth straight defeat, their worst ever run of form and Mick McCarthy was sent packing just an hour after the final whistle. McCarthy’s average rating of 5.10 made him the lowest-rated manager in the division and it is no surprise that Cardiff fans were less than impressed with the 62-year-old after such a horrid run of form. For former Cardiff boss Neil Warnock, Andraz Sporar was the player who stepped up to push Boro into the play-off positions, scoring a penalty and assisting Payero for the Teesside club’s second, earning himself a 7.48 for a sparkling performance. Whilst Boro are now in the play-offs, they are only there on goal difference as SEVEN teams sit on 21 points.

The Championship is as tight as ever, truly one of the most entertaining leagues in the world and we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds here at Fan First.


Cardiff City 0-2 Middlesbrough

Birmingham City 2-1 Swansea City

Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Reading

Blackpool 2-0 Preston North End

AFC Bournemouth 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Coventry City 1-1 Derby County

Luton Town 1-0 Hull City

Millwall 2-1 Stoke City

Peterborough United 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Bristol City

Barnsley 2-3 Sheffield United

Nottingham Forest 0-4 Fulham

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Written by Chris Williams