#1 Vincent Kompany’s Burnley will spend the next four weeks at the top of the Championship table after they beat their local rivals Blackburn Rovers 3-0 on Sunday.
#2 Sheffield United are 2nd after they made it four wins in their last five league games with a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City.
#3 One month ago, Coventry City were bottom of the Championship – six points from safety. They head into the World Cup break 11th, two points off the play-offs, having won seven of their last nine games; winning (and keeping clean sheets) in their last four. The Sky Blues also have two games in hand on the majority of the sides around them.
#4 Wigan began life after Leam Richardson with a 2-1 victory over Blackpool. Meanwhile, Luton were held by Rotherham in their first match since Nathan Jones left for Southampton.
#5 Two of the Championship’s most recent managerial appointments, Carlos Corberan and Michael Carrick, saw their sides secure their third wins since they took charge. West Brom moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 victory at home to Stoke, while Boro won 2-1 against Norwich at Carrow Road.
#6 With the World Cup break upon us, one of the most manic periods in Championship history has come to an end. Some teams have played 12 league games since the last International break, with a combined total of 132 second tier matches since 30th September. Rest up, lads!
#7 In League One, Plymouth and Ipswich were both held to 1-1 draws. Argyle became the seventh side to draw with Lincoln at the LNER Stadium in the third tier this season and, despite having 29 efforts on goal, Ipswich couldn’t find the all-important second goal against Cheltenham.
#8 Sheffield Wednesday made up ground on the top two by beating Accrington Stanley 1-0 at the Wham Stadium. Stanley have now taken just one point from the last 21 available.
#9 In League Two, leaders Leyton Orient bounced back from their midweek defeat to AFC Wimbledon with a 2-0 win at Harrogate. Orient are three points clear of Stevenage, who beat Hartlepool United 1-0.
#10 Finally, last season’s National League winners Stockport County have won four of their last five league games. Dave Challinor’s men have gone from being 12 points off the play-off places to just five points adrift of the top seven. They’re coming…
(Photo Creds – Alex Taylor)