Championship Round-Up: Middlesbrough extend lead at the top as Derby are held
Jan13

Championship Round-Up: Middlesbrough extend lead at the top as Derby are held

Middlesbrough have extended their lead at the top of the Championship to six points after a hard-fought 1-0 victory away at Brentford. The Bees dominated possession but it was a mistake by David Button that gifted the visitors their goal. The goalkeeper misjudged a corner, punched the ball over his head and into the goal. Aitor Karanka’s side have now won eight of their last nine matches and haven’t conceded in that time. Derby...

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Championship Preview: Leaders Boro face tough Brentford trip
Jan11

Championship Preview: Leaders Boro face tough Brentford trip

Middlesbrough travel to Brentford on Tuesday night looking to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table. Aitor Karanka’s side are unbeaten in eight league matches, winning seven, and will have fond memories of playing the Bees after beating them in the play-semi finals last season. Brentford boss Dean Smith, who saw his side knocked out the FA Cup by former club Walsall on Saturday, will be aiming for a seventh home...

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Top 5: FA Cup Third Round Teams
Jan11

Top 5: FA Cup Third Round Teams

The FA Cup third round took place this weekend as 22 teams from across the country took a step closer to Wembley. As 44 clubs from the Premier League and the Championship joined the competition, only 16 of them progressed? But who were the standout sides of the round? Here’s Shoot’s Top 5 FA Cup team performances….. 5. Bristol City (Championship) Despite being in the Championship relegation zone, Bristol City came within a minute of...

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Top 5: Potential FA Cup 3rd Round Upsets
Jan08

Top 5: Potential FA Cup 3rd Round Upsets

The most famous domestic cup competition has reached the third round stage, where sides from the top two divisions enter and, as always in the FA Cup, football fans will be on the lookout for shocks and giant-killings. Out of the 64 clubs in action over the course of the weekend, just one non-league outfit remains, while a number of lower ranked teams have matches at home to out-of-form sides higher up the English footballing pyramid....

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Bolton: New year, but same old problems for Wanderers
Jan05

Bolton: New year, but same old problems for Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers welcomed in 2016 with another troublesome defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town at the Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Having concluded the last calendar year on a high with a win over local rivals, Blackburn Rovers, optimism was somewhat lifted for the visit of David Wagner’s Terriers side, but despite a decent start, Wanderers were undone by second-half strikes from Joe Lolley and Mustapha Carayol; two...

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Championship: Manager, Player and Goal of the Month (December)
Jan05

Championship: Manager, Player and Goal of the Month (December)

Player of the Month: George Friend (Middlesbrough) Aitor Karanka’s side had a fantastic December, winning four and drawing one of their five matches without conceding a goal. A key contributor to the club’s recent success is the form of left-back George Friend. A near ever-present for Boro this season, the underrated 28-year-old has been a consistent performer since signing from Doncaster in 2012. Alongside the equally...

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