Championship Review: Rs go clear at the top, Pompey’s struggles continue

Hoops continue to impress

Being a QPR fan makes me very weary of all the hype building up around this side. I have seen us flatter to deceive too often to get carried away too fast.

But I must admit that tonight was exciting. Unbeaten Ipswich away looked a tough game; it turned into a stroll. I owe an apology to Jamie Mackie. I didn’t understand why we bought this low-profile youngster from Plymouth. Tonight he came off to a standing ovation.

Another chapter in the Pompey nightmare

It is too early to talk about relegation clashes but tonight’s 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace is a hammer blow for Portsmouth.

I’ve said this before but I don’t mind repeating the fact that Pompey’s current squad is comfortably talented enough to be in mid-table. It’s hard not to feel that off-field distractions are continuing to damage on-field efforts.

Donny’s chance

I miss Doncaster. It feels like ages since I last watched perhaps the most attractive passing side in the division. I reckon that in an open division they have a very decent chance of making the play-offs. Tonight’s win over Norwich leaves them fourth.

Nothing sharp about these Blades

Sheffield United have long been considered natural contenders in the Championship; they are a side that you always expect to be there or thereabouts at the end. It’s a measure of how much they have fallen that I wasn’t hugely surprised by the thrashing that Scunthorpe inflicted on them tonight. A lot of Championship sides have improved and the Blades have been left behind.

And a bit of smugness

I suggested on Saturday that Leicester and Nottingham Forest would both see their results improve – wins for both tonight.

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