City upto 11th. Division 1 review

Last updated : 11 January 2004 By Michael Morris
City's win on Saturday has re-ignited play off talk. After picking up 1 point in 15 the worry was that we could be heading for a relegation battle but how quickly it turns around. City are 5 points away from 6th place but more importantly 14 points away from the drop zone.

We are currently in 11th place but couple of good results could see any team move up or down several places.

There were two huge shocks in Division 1 this weekend. Of course the main one was City coming back from being 2 down but at Carrow Rd it was a difficult afternoon for the league leaders. Norwich City had publicly stated last week they were taking a huge gamble by investing a lot of money into the sqaud and going all out for promotion. A s**t or bust scenario. How cruel to then let Bradford City, 2nd from bottom win 1 - 0. I bet it was Delia and not one of her casseroles that was simmering.

I hope that Bradford used up all their luck in that one game. Cardiff visit Valley Parade next Saturday.

West Brom are second after beating local rivals Walsall 2 - 0 on Friday night. It made up for the opening day humiliation when Walsall beat the Baggies 4 - 1 at the Bescot.

West Brom have 50 points.

Sheffield Utd are third after a 3 - 0 win at The Priestfield Stadium over Gillingham. 4th come Sundaerland, they beat struggling Nottingham Forest 1 - 0.

The teams in 5th, 6th and 7th. Preston, Ipswich and Wigan respectively all have 43 points. City currently have 38. Preston moved into 5th place after a 2 - 1 win at West Ham. Ipswich and Wigan both drew.

At the bottom Wimbledon are 10 points away for the safety zone. They lost at Crewe. Bradford are 5 points ahead after their win at Norwich while Derby County occupy the third relegation spot after losing at Stoke. Derby have 24 points. 4 behind local rivals Forest who are in 21st place. What an earth has happened to Nottingham Forest?

The bottom four have all been in the Premiership in recent years and it looks like three from those four could be following Sheff Wed into the second division.

Division 1 table 10th Jan.

West Brom27752191073319125016
Sheff Utd26832241063418174815
West Ham2755422165621494111
Crystal Palace273651518526172232-8
Nottm Forest264441914338152228-2


Saturday 10 January
Cardiff3 Rotherham2
Thorne 24
Kavanagh 38
Earnshaw 45
Talbot 3
Mullin 9
Attend: 13,021 Half-time: 3-2
Coventry0 Watford0
Attend: 12,226 Half-time: 0-0
Crewe1 Wimbledon0
Jones 62
Attend: 6,234 Half-time: 0-0
Crystal Palace0 Burnley0
Attend: 15,276 Half-time: 0-0
Gillingham0 Sheff Utd3
Peschisolido 38 , 58 , 66
Attend: 8,353 Half-time: 0-1
Norwich0 Bradford1
Armstrong 45
Attend: 16,360 Half-time: 0-1
Reading1 Ipswich1
Owusu 62
McGreal 72
Attend: 17,362 Half-time: 0-0
Stoke2 Derby1
Akinbiyi 29
Taggart 53
Morris 1
Attend: 16,402 Half-time: 1-1
Sunderland1 Nottm Forest0
Arca 38
Attend: 26,340 Half-time: 1-0
West Ham1 Preston2
Connolly 19
Fuller 64
Healy 67
Attend: 28,777 Half-time: 1-0
Wigan0 Millwall0
Attend: 7,047 Half-time: 0-0
Friday 9 January
West Brom2 Walsall0
Koumas 62
Horsfield 72
Attend: 24,558 Half-time: 0-0