After another busy weekend of Championship football, Sportsmail’s ADAM SHERGOLD reflects on the action…
ADKINS GETS HULL IN SHAPE
Back in the dug-out for the first time since May 2016, Nigel Adkins was swiftly reminded of the stresses of management as his Hull side edged Brentford 3-2. The Tigers had claws going forward but looked vulnerable defensively and had to get through nine minutes of stoppage time after Jackson Irvine scored the winner.
‘I loved it,’ Adkins said. ‘I’ve not been in a dug-out for 18 months and the players have shown great character and team spirit.’
TERRY STEPS UP RECOVERY
Desperate to return to Aston Villa’s promotion push before the end of the year, captain John Terry literally stepped up his recovery from a broken foot on Saturday. He was filmed by Villa’s head of medicine and sports science Dan Donachie sprinting up and down the steps of the Holte End before Villa’s frustrating goalless draw with Millwall. ‘Ever wonder what makes a great player?’ Donachie wrote on social media. Steve Bruce said: ‘Hopefully John will be back in the next couple of weeks.’
CANARIES VOTE WITH FEET
A group of Norwich season ticket-holders in Carrow Road’s Barclay Stand received letters last week warning them that their persistent standing was ‘unacceptable’ and a failure to sit down could result in a ‘capacity reduction’. It sparked an outcry on social media and plenty of fans were standing and singing ‘We are staying up’ as goals from James Maddison, Timm Klose and Nelson Oliveira against Sheffield Wednesday earned the Canaries a first win in eight games.
GOAL OF THE WEEK
KAMIL GROSICKI (HULL v Brentford): It was 0-1 when the ball dropped to Grosicki a few yards outside the box. His first touch appeared to take him into trouble but the Polish striker unleashed a rocket shot into the far corner. Bees boss Dean Smith admitted it was a ‘wonder goal’ and a ‘game-changer’ as Hull won 3-2.
Kamil Grosicki’s strike was one of real quality and helped get Hull back on track at the weekend
STAT OF THE WEEK
2 — Birmingham’s points tally on the road this season is the lowest in all three divisions of the Football League.