Championship

Championship Top Five, Round Twelve: Too easy for Eze and Benrahma is brilliant for Bees

Johnstone keeps clean sheet for WBA and Gregory's form turns for Stoke

8:00am on Monday 21st October 2019
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CHAOct 19, 2019W
Eberechi Eze AM (CL)
  • 90'
  • 8.5

    Eberechi Eze is developing into one of the stars of this seriously close Championship season. After some outstanding displays of late for a QPR team that were universally tipped for relegation, he was simply superb in the away victory over Hull. As well as stroking home two penalties with such disdain for the opposition goalkeeper, he completed seven dribbles as he relentlessly ran down the Hull back line. At just 21, there is already much expected of him.

    CHAOct 19, 2019W
  • 90'
  • 8.5

    Stoke seem to have, finally, turned a corner. It's been tough for summer signing Gregory, who has more than bore the brunt of criticism for their tough start, but it's two wins in a row now and Gregory seems to have found his mojo at just the right moment. His persistent play helped Tyrese Campbell open the scoring and his penalty sealed the win over Fulham, but his overall line-leading - winning 14 duels and 10 aerials up top - gave his team the platform for success.

    West Brom are justifying promotion favouritism with an array of exciting attacking players, but it was their goalkeeper Johnstone who allowed them to earn the three points at Middlesbrough. WBA were undoubtedly the better side but the confidence shown by Johnstone - who made seven saves - permeated through the team and allowed the likes of Grady Diangana to perform.

    Benrahma is one of the most gifted players in the Championship - on his day - and for Brentford they want him to produce a few more like this. Brentford were in a bad place here, 2-0 down at home to local rivals Millwall with 10 mins remaining, but the best was yet to come. His turn and slipped pass to Josh Dasilva pulled one back, before he spread the play to Bryan Mbuemo to draw things level before Ollie Watkins won it. Eight completed dribbles - more than anyone else in the Championship in Round 12 - and another Big Chance created - he earned the win for his team.

    Charlton under Lee Bowyer are the surprise package of the league since being promoted, and their convincing win over Derby was in no small part due to the all-round display from centre-back Naby Sarr. As well as nodding in a clever header to double his side's lead, it was in the actual defending that he excelled, with five recoveries, three interceptions and six clearances. Charlton have attacking talent but their good results have been built on a solid foundation.

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS

    Kalvin Phillips (8.1) meant Leeds celebrated their centenary in style, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory, while Bradley Dack's (7.9) excellent goal was enough to earn Blackburn a point at home to Huddersfield.

    ROUND TO FORGET

    Millwall's defence, including Shaun Hutchison (4.5) and Mahlon Romeo (4.6) totally capitulated against a Brentford who created multiple chances against them.

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