Written by David Robinson
With just one game until the half way mark of the season, it reaches an important landmark for each of the twenty four sides where they have laid the foundations for the second half of the campaign. Of course nothing is won or lost at this point, and Championship fans probably know this more than anyone. A ten point gap can be overturned within a matter of just a couple of weeks in what is always a rollercoaster of a season. Despite it all really being about what now happens in the new calendar year, I look at each side’s performance so far and grade how I think they have fared.
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QPR – 19th – D+
A miserable five straight defeats leaves QPR probably feeling anxious about their chances in the second half of the season. You would suspect a mid-table finish is now the objective and a bit of consistency gained under Ian Holloway will be the aim. They have been in decline for a while now and their squad is uninspiring so I don’t think anyone was expecting them to pull up any trees but I still think they have under performed. They’ve recorded some poor results including not beating either Rotherham or Burton and they also lost 6-0 at home to Newcastle. They desperately need to get out of this rut but still overall it’s been a forgettable season for the R’s.
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Reading – 3rd – A+
A massive surprise from the Royals, they’ve gone under the radar completely and even now they aren’t getting talked about. They have a four point cushion separating themselves and seventh place but the way they have been going, they could be eyeing up Brighton’s second place with 8 points the gap there. A 5 game winning streak always helps your cause in the Championship and they did just that not to long ago. Even when they’ve been hit by a poor result they have responded well and clearly Jaap Stam is getting something right. The fact the focus is completely off them gives them a fantastic chance this season, they’ll know how easily it can fall apart but a terrific opening half of the season for Reading.
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Rotherham United – 24th – D+
It was always going to be a struggle for Rotherham once more but this time it really does look bleak for the Millers. 12 points adrift and just 2 wins all season means it’s hard to see anyway back. A shame for a club that has overcome the odds time and time again in recent seasons but with their resources it may be one season too many. The fact they’ve only got 10 points means it’s been an awful season so far, they’ve always stayed in contention previously and that would have at least have given some hope with their ability to make a great escape again but they look to have given themselves too big of a task here.
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Sheffield Wednesday – 6th – B-
Fancied to be up there by many at the start of the season, Wednesday can probably be content with their start sitting in sixth. Like their rivals they’ve already left a fairly big gap in terms of the automatic places. Not being able to string more than two wins together hasn’t helped although they will have the chance to rectify this in their next match. That being said they have an ability of not going on a poor run of form and with the squad that they have that should be expected. They possibly haven’t pushed on since the end of the last season, maybe like a few might have predicted but they’ve got into a steady position to kick on from now.
Wigan Athletic – 23rd – D+
The League One Champions have are the lowest ranked promoted side sitting in 23rd. They’re onto their second manager and are on the end of 4 straight defeats which makes for grim reading if you’re a Wigan fan. I think following a successful campaign last time round, relegation fears weren’t too prominent and they were logically expected to outperform the other two promoted sides. Therefore it’s been a failure of a term so far and the four point margin separating from safety speaks volumes. In a results business they haven’t gained maximum points from games where they’ve needed to and that’s hurt them so far.
Wolves – 18th – C+
An unknown quantity from Wolves so far with so much transition, it was going to be difficult to predict their season. I got the sense there was a lot of optimism around the club surrounding the takeover so in that case it’s been a flop of a season for the club so far. Two wins in the last 10 played is not where they will want to be and Paul Lambert does not inspire confidence. It may be a case of trying to get things in place but improvements will have to be made from this mediocre start.
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