Bournemouth and West Brom kicked off the Championship season with a share of the points. I have to say both sides were impressive, and the result was a fair one in the end. Billing continued his goalscoring form of late last season and ex-Town man Karlan Grant showed glimpses of what he can provide. On the basis of this one showing both sides will do very well this term.
West Brom were strong physically and we have not shown that degree of toughness for some time which would be a concern when we play them. They liked to pack the 6-yard box on corners which Schofield struggled with last season, although he lacked support and may not be first choice keeper this term.
Bournemouth struggled with the West Brom corners planted in the 6-yard box and whilst they came off second best in the physical battle they moved the ball quickly and showed lots of pace. We have struggled against such movement and unless we have improved, again We will not fair well against them.
Derby 1 – 1 TOWN
A share of the spoils which normally I would be pleased with away at Pride Park, but due to the turmoil at Derby and the fact that we dominated this was a prime opportunity to take all 3 points. Having said that an early season point on our travels and with our plans being thrown out with O’Brien, Nicholls, Toffolo and Ruffels unavailable due to testing positive for Covid it could have been a lot worse. Corberan tested positive as well and therefore was unable to be on the touchline too.
Nabby Sarr scoring our equaliser shortly after conceding a scrambled goal was a good quick response. He turned in a cross from the ever improving Sorba Thomas, who is fast becoming a crowd favourite.
Charlton 0 – 0 Sheffield Wednesday
Wednesday lost Paterson early on to a head injury which was not an ideal start for them. Both sides lacked quality in the final third but looked solid otherwise and loo likely to not leak too many goals. I would expect both sides to do well this season in the batle for the play offs/promotion.. Bannan as always was the figurehead for Wednesday and looks like he is still a cut above League 1 standard.
Ex-Town player watch – Interestingly Wednesday used Jaden Brown in a more advanced left sided role supporting the front man. I always liked Jaden at Town but after his first season with us he failed to kick on, possibly hinded by the managerial merry-go-round.