So Cardiff are joint top after edging out nine man Watford with a penalty and a last minute goal. That says it all about this year's Championship! Last season three teams stood out - and all three were promoted - but this year the whole division is made up of mediocrity. How else can you interpret the inability of any single side to stamp their mark on the division?
Leeds are now unbeaten in six, but draws are not much use when they only yield one point out of a possible three. The last two draws, against struggling sides, show that this is a team poorly equipped to sustain a challenge. With so many fancied sides drawing or losing last night, Warnock's team really should be occupying a top 6 place today, but it needed two Kenny saves to salvage a point against London minnows Charlton Athletic. Warnock's response? He's going to talk to the Chairman about bringing in new loan players; but is the Chairman interested any more? If he is selling up, why would he waste his money helping the new owners hit the Premiership jackpot? Surely GFH/GFC should now step up to the plate? If they are serious about buying the club and have the cash to fund loan deals of course.
Leicester look the most consistent team in the division at the moment but they are not steam rollering opposition in the way Southampton did last season. They edged out Brighton 1-0 last night. Big deal! West Ham put six past the Seagulls!
Miserablebrough have now climbed into third but they are decidedly average. Perhaps Wolves, Blackburn and Bolton will start a charge soon. A bottom three finish in the Prem should be enough to dominate this division! Look at how Southampton and Reading are struggling following promotion!
And there is the rub. What is the point of going up if you are going to come straight back down again? Whoever wins promotion this season will do so by default, and default will not be good enough in the Prem!