Peach’s Championship Round-up – GW 3

It’s been another weekend where we were treated with a goal of the season contender and more surprises than an M. Night Shyamalen film before they got weird.

And that’s before we even mention Seny Dieng – QPR’s number one and joint top goalscorer so far this campaign.

Here, I’ll take you through a round-up of the key things you may have missed as well as the performers who stood out to me over the latest gameweek.

So, what happened?

Hull City Shota Arveladze

A whole Shota positives for Hull

Hull raised a few eyebrows after they beat Norwich 2-1, giving them seven points from a possible nine.

It wasn’t plain sailing though as Norwich pummelled Matt Ingram for the first 25 minutes but were largely kept at bay after they gifted Oscar Estupinan his first goal for Hull.

The Columbian scored his second before a beauty of a free-kick from Marcelinho Nunez set up a nervy finish, but what caught the eye was Hull’s ability to adapt their game plan.

They’ve enjoyed plenty of possession in their opening games and have put together some lovely passages of play to open teams up but in this game, they had to adapt as Norwich dominated possession.

The game plan worked as Hull took their chances and built upon their solid start so far.

The Rovers Revolution

Blackburn have defied all pre-season logic of a squad depleted after key departures and a new manager to look very good so far.

Yes, they aren’t creating a shed load of chances, but they aren’t conceding many either.

Their latest win over promotion favourites West Brom made many stand up and think ‘could they be up there again?’

Only time will tell but Jon Dahl Tomasson has built himself a very solid platform while rediscovering Ben Brereton-Diaz after his imposter Ben Brereton infiltrated Ewood Park in January.

Rovers current sit top of the Championship and are one of only four sides throughout the top four divisions who still have a 100% win record.

Morison’s message 

Cardiff caught the eye as they looked comfortable, composed and easy on the eye.

Now Cardiff fans, when was the last time you were able to say that?

You can see Steve Morison’s ideas getting across and it really should have been three or four for the Bluebirds had it not been for some poor finishing.

That being said, Morison should be praised for the transformation, but just don’t don’t ask him if he needs an experienced striker.

After that round-up, here are my top three performers of the weekend. Sadly, Joe Lumley misses out this week…

Jamilu Collins

Collins has taken the Championship by storm so far since his summer arrival from SC Paderborn.

He’s looking to be one of the signings of the summer so far and, aside from Ryan Wintle, has probably been Cardiff’s best player so far this season.

However his performance against Birmingham was top draw. He won four of his five duels, ensuring he wasn’t beaten while making four interceptions.

Going forward, he was an outlet for Morison’s side, completing three dribbles in the process and linking up smartly with Jaden Philogene.

That’s all without mentioning his goal-saving tackle on Scott Hogan midway through the first half.

It was a tackle that was a game changer and with the Bluebirds missing several key chances, the game could have ended in a draw had Hogan broke through and scored.

Chuba Akpom

It’s fair to say many on Teeside would have been surprised by the former Arsenal forwards resurgence in the Boro first team.

He could be considered a flop after his £2.5m move from PAOK and was shipped out on loan last season without hesitation.

Now, after initially being told he could leave, he’s become an important figure for Boro and hit the net twice against Sheffield United.

Both goals were important as they got Wilder’s side back into the game after falling behind to the Blades.

Better yet, they were poacher finishes, something Middlesbrough have lacked for a long time.

He may not score 30 goals this season, but his hardworking performance and ability to be in the right place at the right time against Sheffield United should be lauded and gives supporters hope that they have more strength in depth than they may realise.

Daniel Barlaser

There’s a reason why Barlaser is subject to a number of bids from rival sides and his performance against Reading is a good indicator.

Sure, Rotherham were helped by some generous defending but the midfield battle was important in this game and Barlaser dominated it.

Sitting as that pivot in-front of the back three, collecting the ball from his centre backs and dictating play meant Reading were chasing shadows for most of the game.

Not only that, but collecting three assists while also laying up five goalscoring chances is the definition of a complete midfield performance.


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Author: Paula Bryant