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Bristol City 1 Reading 1

Did Brendan Rodgers have to go? A change had to be made. For a side that just over 18 months ago was in the Premier League, to be floundering like we are now is a disgrace. Just one home win all season tells its own story.

Any bright spots for Reading? We played well here and it would have been an outrage if we'd come away from the match with nothing. Our heads didn't drop which, considering how the season's gone, has to be a good sign. We battered them in the second half and deserved at least a point. (Royalrampager, Reading fan).

Crystal Palace 1 Barnsley 1

Was it a fair result?

Yes, Barnsley deserved their first-half lead but we responded well after the break particularly when you consider all the off-pitch shenanigans that have blighted the club recently. It keeps us in play-off contention which is fair enough.

What's next for Palace?

Unfortunately a mass exodus of our talented young players next month looks likely. Victor Moses will be the first to leave. He scored a stunning goal and the vultures are already circling. (Supereagle, Palace fan).

Derby County 0 Doncaster Rovers 2

What next for Rovers?

It all depends on whether we can keep Billy Sharp as he's scored in six successive games now. His loan spell is about to end and he's due to go back to Sheffield United, but if we can keep him until the end of the season we'll finish mid-table no problem. (kensfire, Doncaster fan)

Was it a fair result?

Donny deserved to win. They had a game-plan. They had tactics. All we did was aim high balls in the general direction of two midgets. Woeful. (neillltheram, Derby fan).

Newcastle United 2 Middlesbrough 0

Who was the star man?

More star men this time around, with strike pairing Marlon Harewood and Shola Ameobi giving the Boro back line a torrid afternoon due to their physical presence and deservedly getting their names on the scoresheet too. (Tyneside Tim, Newcastle fan).

What next for Gordon Strachan?

The arrival of Strachan was supposed to herald the start of better times, but instead Boro are sinking like a stone. While Newcastle can target a Premier League return, we will be lucky to make the play-offs if we carry on like this much longer. (ayres01, Boro fan).

Nottingham Forest 3 Preston North End 0

Can Forest go up?

The form we're in at the moment we may not have to bother with the play-offs as we're capable of finishing in the top two. That's 14 games unbeaten now, our best run for more than 30 years, and we're all in dreamland.

Who were the star men?

It was the perfect day for Billy Davies and Paul McKenna as both were up against their former team. Many Forest fans are eating their words after slating Davies last season while McKenna's dipping 25-yard shot that broke the deadlock was sheer class. (woansleftfoot, Forest fan).

Peterborough United 2 Watford 1

Can Posh avoid the drop?

It will be a close run thing but there's reason for optimism. This was a must-win match against a team that has endured the worst of weeks and was in poor form. It was tight but at least we're off the foot of the table now.

Was it a fair result?

We rode our luck at times and Watford should really have had a penalty when Danny Graham was brought down by Joe Lewis. Heidar Helguson went close a couple of times but we held on to win our third game of the season. (proudposh, Peterborough fan).

Plymouth Argyle 0 Coventry City 1

Any hope for Plymouth?

I'm beginning to think not. This game was desperate. Coventry were dire and we still couldn't scrape a draw against them. The match had relegation scrap written all over it but we're bottom now and deserve to be. (pilgrim89, Plymouth fan).

What's next for Coventry?

At last Freddy Eastwood seems to have found his shooting boots, just in time to be sold in the January transfer window! If he does go hopefully we'll get a good price for him and buy some players that can bolster a squad that is lacking quality. (houchenshead, Coventry fan).

QPR 1 Sheffield United 1

Is Paul Hart the right man for QPR?

The jury is definitely still out. He's 56 and is more of a coach than a manager which isn't really what we need at the moment. We're far too inconsistent but that's what happens when you change your manager every two minutes.

What's next for QPR?

Hart will have to use all his bargaining skills in the January transfer window if he's to get us into the play-offs. But with Flavio Briatore wanting instant success he'll probably have gone by the end of the month anyway. (loftuslarry, QPR fan).

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Swansea City 2

What was the turning point?

The second goal was crucial. We actually reacted fairly well to falling behind and forced the Swans keeper into a couple of good saves, but when they went down the other end and scored it completely knocked the stuffing out of us.

What's next for the club?

It was surprising that Sean McAuley picked the same 11 who performed so poorly under Brian Laws last week and overall there was no vast improvement. We need a manager who can instil his authority as the team needs a kick up the backside. (Chris Morris, Owls Mad).

Blackpool P West Bromwich P

Cardiff City P Leicester City P

Scunthorpe united P Ipswich Town P

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