Championship round-up: John on target as Foxes manage it by themselves

Click to follow
The Independent Football

Having spent forty days and forty nights, or something like it, in the care of Gary Megson, now departed to Bolton, Leicester City's players responded to the caretaker partnership of Frank Burrows and Gerry Taggart with a 2-0 Championship win over Barnsley at the Walkers Stadium. The Foxes led from midway in the first half, when Shaun Newton hoisted a free-kick into the penalty area and Collins John, on loan from Fulham, thumped in the loose ball.

On the half-hour Patrick Kisnorbo made it 2-0, heading in Alan Sheehan's corner. Leicester must now seek another manager with the revolving door still spinning from the arrivals, and departures, in 2007 of Rob Kelly, Martin Allen and Megson. Burrows is in the market.

"What's not to like about being manager of Leicester City?" he said. "I'll run the football team until the chairman [Milan Mandaric] tells me different. It is a big decision. He will get it right and if it takes a week or a month the important thing is he gets the right man." Chanting supporters suggest they think that man might be Taggart. "Gerry's young, starting his career, and he knows I'll help him in any way I can," Burrows added. "He also knows I'm cleverer than him."

Bristol City's storming start after promotion goes on. Marvin Elliott's 25-yard drive was enough to beat Stoke City at Ashton Gate. Ipswich Townhave an even more impressive home record, and yesterday's3-0 defeat of Wolves was their 10th consecutive League win at Portman Road.

"Probably the best result in our run because of the quality of the opposition," Ipswich's manager, Jim Magilton, said. His goalkeeper, Neil Alexander, had already saved a Freddy Eastwood penalty when, just before the break, Alan Lee swerved a shot into the top corner for his sixth goal of the season. Pablo Counago and Danny Haynes wrapped it up in the second half as Ipswich leapt to fourth.

Like Bristol City, ScunthorpeUnited have adapted well to the Championship, as reiterated by Jim Goodwin's equaliser just before the hour at Ninian Park to earn a point from a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City. The hosts had gone ahead when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's centre set up a rare goal for Stephen McPhail.

Brian Laws' reign as Sheffield Wednesday manager was under threat if the Owls failed against Blackpool at Hillsborough, and his position looked parlous at half-time; Wes Hoolahan had given the Seasiders the lead. But second-half headers by Marcus Tudgay and Richard Hinds earned Wednesday a 2-1 win, and Laws a reprieve. Also struggling, Preston North End received a fillip when Brett Ormerod's11th-minute goal, his first of the season, set up their 2-0 win over Plymouth at Deepdale.

Elsewhere, Michael Mifsud scored the goal in Coventry City's 1-0 defeat of Colchester United, who had Teddy Sheringham sent off, while Sheffield United drew 1-1 at Hull City.

At Turf Moor, goals by Bradley Wright-Phillips, Jason Euell and Stern John set up a 3-2 win over Burnley for Southampton.

Comments