The very first (televised) Championship match gave us what was perhaps the best save of the season so far. Lee Cattermole took a shot from inside the penalty box, and as the ball was heading towards the corner, Scott Carson miraculously managed to get his arm up lightning-quick to push it over the crossbar. The save made sure they came away from the match with a point. If Derby are to challenge for a top six spot then Scott Carson needs to be at his very best throughout the season like he was on Friday.
The Portuguese striker became the hero for The Canaries at Craven Cottage when Wes Hoolahan assisted Oliveira with a lovely through-ball who then delicately slotted the ball behind Fulham keeper David Button. The goal secured Norwich a very decent point away from home. Nelson Oliveira, who’s considered one of the top favourites to become the top scorer in Championship this season, will be a vital player for new boss, Daniel Farke.
Kalvin Phillips, a local lad at 21 years of age, became the hero away to promoted Bolton on Sunday after scoring not once, but twice in a tough 2-3 win. The first from short corner, and the other a simple tap-in. A special day for the Leeds man who’s role in the team is a defensive midfielder.
A hero, but this weekend also a zero. Nelson Oliveira scored, and while celebrating he ran over to his manager, Daniel Farke, with his shirt off pointing to his name and number on the back in front of Farke. A clear sign of frustration for not having been on the team sheet from the beginning of the match. Some might consider this an unprofessional move as the team always comes first. Farke later said that he wasn’t fussed about the celebration, and that he was happy with his team selection
Another Portuguese on the list this weekend. Tiago Ilori, a 24-year old defender, became the centre of attention when he fouled QPR’s Pawel Wszolek inside the penalty area. Having denied Wszolek a clear goalscoring opportunity he was given a red card, and QPR awarded a penalty. Some might call him unlucky, but as he conceded a penalty and recieved a red card there was no discounting that he was a loser this weekend.
The THIRD ex-LFC payer features on this week’s lists. The Spaniard made a terrible error away to Wolverhampton this weekend as he basically gifted Wolves’ new striker, Leo Bonatini, his first goal. A sloppy pass was sent directly into the Brazilian’s feet right outside the penalty box. Bonatini had no trouble slotting it past Boro keeper Darren Randolph.