Not many people will have heard of Saido Berahino until this weekend. A winner at Old Trafford is as good a way of making yourself known as any, and Berahino has taken his opportunities this season.
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We take a look back at the standout moments of the Football League this weekend.
Rain curtails Charlton misery
Tipped by many to be potential Championship dark horses, the early stages of the season has seen Charlton look more like relegation material than promotion chasers. Having picked up just a single point from their opening three fixtures, none of which could be viewed at the tougher end of the difficulty scale – they then found themselves three goals down to newly promoted Doncaster inside 23 minutes.
You can knock it for its lack of quality and this season that argument might be as true as it has ever been, however there is no denying that few leagues can match the Championship for its remarkable levels of unpredictability, drama and entertainment.
When David Flitcroft took over at Barnsley at the very end of last year the Tykes looked a sinking ship, as they sat bottom of the table with just 21 points from points from their first 25 games and there being little indication that the club would again beat the relegation trap door.
It is said by many, although admittedly by fans of clubs in it, that the Championship is where the real magic happens in English football.
There has been much talk in recent weeks over the production of "Being:Liverpool", the fly-on-the-wall documentary produced by the club's owners, the Fenway Group showcasing the initial challenges they faced on a daily basis as they took ownership of the club.
As the conclusion fell on Tuesday’s transfer deadline day, the importance of a few particular late night deals would have been lost on many behind a full schedule of match action in an entertaining night of football. Of course, the final hours of the transfer window may have been as dull as Andy Warhol’s 1964 Empire film, but there were pleasantries to be found in some particular eleventh hour deals.
Peterborough United could have sparked a late transfer frenzy as they have lodged a double bid at the final hour for a pair of Crawley Town’s promotion chasing squad. Boss Darren Ferguson has swash-buckled in with a £1.9 million bid for striker Tyrone Barnett and central defender Kyle Mcfadzean, who have both been central to the Crawley team’s admirable FA Cup run and successful League Two campaign to date.
It was the most fruitful partnership since Sonny and Cher and now Brighton manager Gus Poyet wants to re-unite the pairing of Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean to solve the goal-scoring crisis that has de-stabilised the early momentum of the seaside club.
I don't think my wife has much sympathy for Premier League footballers, sorry, I'll rephrase that, I don't think anyone has much sympathy for Premier League footballers.
Things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for Stockport County since the festive period of 2008, situated in a play-off place in League One under the guise of former player Jim Gannon who had overseen a dramatic rise from the foot of League Two on a meagre budget since taking over at the turn of 2006.
What type of quizzer are you? Do you sit drunk and clueless in the corner? Or are you halfway to Nerdsville with a tank top on and a smart-arse smile? Can you admit to watching Eggheads - even if only in a moment of weakness? No matter which category you fall into – try our pub quiz and prove to yourself that the years of watching and talking about footy have not been a complete waste of time. But please try not to cheat, for as my headmaster used to say “You’re only cheating on yourself”, which ironically is not what his wife said to him, when she caught him in congress with his secretary.
Clichés become clichés for a very good reason; the fact that they have a solid grounding in reality and truth. Usually anyway. Thus, the cliché that the Championship (no marketing here) is the most hotly contested and difficult league to predict has an element of truth to it. However, certain patterns can be deduced.
After relegation from the top tier of English football, Birmingham, Blackpool and West Ham will be hoping they can bounce back at the first time of asking. After being harshly axed from previous jobs all to do with dodgy ownership, Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce want their respective clubs to be pushing for the Championship title. I reckon they would have a good chance of winning it too.