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Barnsley 0 Swansea City 0

Was it a fair result? I'll take the draw but I'm not sure it was fair. Swansea's midfield was far better than ours and only a wonderful save from David Preece earned us a point.

Who was the star man? Leon Britton ran the show for Swansea and looks a far better player in the Championship than he did in League One! Nathan Dyer is an extremely tricky customer and his pace caused us problems. Nobody really stood out for the Reds in another below-par home game. (Rob Miles, barnsley-mad.co.uk)

Bristol City 1 Scunthorpe United 1

How did Scunthorpe perform?

We weren't brilliant but on this occasion it's the point rather than the display that matters. The ability to grind out results, especially away from home, is a very valuable one and long may it continue. The draw keeps the momentum rolling as we head to Donny and Forest.

Were you happy with a point?

Ecstatic. They haven't lost in their last 14 league games at home and we traditionally have an awful record against them, especially at Ashton Gate. (Sth_11 Scunthorpe fan)

Cardiff City 0 Queens Park Rangers 2

Did Cardiff deserve anything? City's effort in front of another 20,000 plus crowd was lamentable. QPR just had to do the basics and it was good enough to nullify a blunt and lifeless Bluebirds performance.

What got the home fans going? The loudest noise all afternoon came when the stadium announcer asked for fans to vote for their Cardiff City man of the match. The laughter and groans at the same time told its own story. Unsurprisingly, no man of the match was chosen. (Michael Morris, cardiffcity-mad.co.uk)

Crystal Palace 1 Derby County 0

What's going wrong at Derby? Nigel Clough deserves to be given time but he can't be happy with what he's seeing out there. But he's got ten years' management experience with two promotions and will eventually get it right. Mind you we were rubbish today.

What needs to change? The wide players aren't getting quality balls into the box and Kris Commons hasn't been delivering the goods in the middle of the park either. We've got to cut out the silly individual errors that are costing us goals as well. (ramondo, Derby fan)

Doncaster Rovers 3 Ipswich Town 3

Have Ipswich turned the corner? It's a long time since we scored three goals but we've still got a long way to go. The signs of revival are there and this was a massive improvement on recent performances. However, we still conceded one bad goal although the other two were unstoppable.

Is Roy Keane the right man for the job? The jury's still out and there are many fans who've already written this season off. It's been an awful start but I think this year will be one for rebuilding and we can start to make real progress next term. ( wokingblue, Ipswich fan)



Middlesbrough 0 West Bromwich Albion 5

What was the turning point? To be honest it came in the build-up to the game when Gareth Southgate said his Boro side would win this match easily. He did our team talk for us.

How is Roberto di Matteo getting on? In contrast to Southgate, Robbie was very low key pre-match saying the result wouldn't be significant. He took the pressure off his players, played an attacking 4-4-2 and won the tactical battle. That's three different tactics in one week, something we never saw from Tony Mowbray. (westbromdotcom, West Brom fan)

Newcastle United 3 Plymouth Argyle 1

Should Paul Sturrock be axed? Not yet. Anything today would have been a bonus – there's a gap between the two sides and we shouldn't expect any different looking at their budget. The next three games will likely define our season, and Luggy's career.

What's the problem? The basic issue is that we're conceding stupid goals, including too many from set-pieces. Defensive frailties have let us down and that needs to be addressed. But we're improving and must have hit the woodwork more times this term than the whole of last season. (WhitehouseGreen, Plymouth fan)

Nottingham Forest 0 Blackpool 1

Where do Forest go from here? Even with all the money we spent in the summer, we're still rubbish. The performance in the second half was atrocious, nearly as bad as the Derby game. If we don't bring some new defenders in, we'll be fighting to avoid releagtion again.

Is Billy Davies the man for the job? BD is almost as bad as Colin Calderwood as he keeps playing players out of position. There's no way we'll reach the promised land with him in charge. Davies Out! (red_dog Forest fan)

Peterborough 3 Reading 2

What was the turning point? Darren Ferguson's half-time decision to shake things up by bringing on Dean Keates and Lee Frecklington for Chris Whelpdale and Toumani Diagouraga. We'd been awful in the first half but looked a different side after the break.

Can Peterborough stay up? At half-time I was contemplating a miserable winter with a return to League One sealed by Easter. However, I now think we've got a fighting chance of keeping above the likes of Barnsley, Plymouth and Swansea. (poshpower, Peterborough fan)

Preston North End 3 Coventry City 2

Was it a fair result? We deserved the three points against a Coventry side that I expect to be struggling to avoid relegation in seven months' time. Quite how they beat Sheffield United last week is beyond me.

Who was the man of the match? Chris Brown was superb and thoroughly deserved his two goals as we came from behind to take all three points and maintain our unbeaten home record. We now appear to be back on track after the aberration at Scunthorpe United. (Simon Ostiadel, prestonnorthend-mad.co.uk)

Sheffield United 3 Sheffield Wednesday 2

Was it a fair result? It was the archetypal game of two halves. We thrashed them in the first half and they got on top after half-time with two world-class strikes. We hadn't beaten them since 2006 and it's nice to have the bragging rights.

What next for the Blades? We desperately need to improve the defending. We've leaked five goals in the last two games and that needs to be addressed. The Swansea clash at the Liberty Stadium will be tough and I will be chuffed if we can take maximum points. (Jamie Furniss, blades-mad.co.uk)

Watford 3 Leicester City 3

Was it a good game? It was an astonishing encounter that could have gone either way. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when we salvaged a point thanks to Dany N'Guessan's stoppage-time header as we should have won the game after cantering into a 2-0 first-half lead. (foxesfryatt, Leicester fan)

Who was the man of the match? Heidar Helguson. It was in the script that he'd score on his 'second debut' and he duly popped up on the hour mark to bring us level before putting us ahead. (hornet1978, Watford fan)

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