The Chance The Toon Have Been Waiting For!

Last updated : 28 September 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor

Tuesday 29th September 2009   

Barnsley  v  West Brom 19.45 
Bristol City  v  Blackpool 19.45 
C.Palace  v  Sheff Weds 19.45 
Cardiff City  v  Derby 19.45 
Doncaster  v  Swansea City 19.45 
Middlesbrough  v  Leicester 19.45 
Peterborough  v  Plymouth 19.45 
Preston NE  v  Reading 19.45 
Sheff Utd  v  Ipswich 19.45 
Watford  v  Coventry 19.45
Wednesday 30th September 2009   

Newcastle  v  QPR 19.45

Nottm Forest  v  Scunthorpe 19.45
Saturday 03rd October 2009  

Barnsley  v  Ipswich 15.00 
C.Palace  v  Blackpool 15.00 
Coventry  v  Leicester 12.30 
Derby  v  Sheff Weds 15.00 
Newcastle  v  Bristol City 15.00 
Peterborough  v  Nottm Forest 15.00 
Plymouth  v  Scunthorpe 15.00 
Preston NE  v  West Brom 12.45 
Reading  v  Middlesbrough 15.00 
Sheff Utd  v  Doncaster 15.00 
Swansea City  v  QPR 15.00 
Watford  v  Cardiff City 15.00



QPR: Cerny, Gorkss, Borrowdale, Stewart, Leigertwood,Routledge (Faurlin 69), Buzsaky, Rowlands, Watson,Vine (Taarabt 69), Simpson (Pellicori 80).

Flavio Briatore gave Loftus Road a swerve but QPR's fast starters raced past Barnsley 5-2 to record their first home win of the season.

Akos Buzsaky scored twice to add to Mikele Leigertwood's opener as Rangers roared into a three-goal lead at half-time.

Barnsley hit back twice at the start of the second half, but Ben Watson and Jay Simpson ensured the points stayed in west London with Rangers starting to look like a team capable of staying with the promotion pace.

Controversial co-owner Briatore was not in attendance, despite having an unexpected free weekend following his F1 ban.

But his mood would have improved with news of a fine display from Rangers which halted Barnsley's resurgence under Mark Robins.

The new Tykes boss handed full debuts to three of his back four - and it showed with the visitors two down in 15 minutes.

Yet Barnsley twice went close in the opening stages with Anderson de Silva firing over and Iain Hume shooting wide.

Rangers went ahead in the sixth minute when Leigertwood loped forward from right-back and, with no Barnsley defender showing any inclination to close him down, fizzed a low shot past David Preece from 25 yards.

And the hosts were two ahead when Watson slipped Buzsaky in behind and the Hungary international tucked the ball past Preece.

It could have been three two minutes later but Wayne Routledge's angled drive fizzed across the goal and flicked the far post.

But Buzsaky did add the third five minutes before half-time when he collected the ball 30 yards out, looked up and curled a superb effort over Preece and into the net.

It was a sweet moment for the 'Magical Magyar', scoring his first goals of the season having missed most of last term through injury.

Rangers never like to make life too easy for themselves, though, and Barnsley pulled one back at the start of the second half when Stephen Foster rose highest to nod Iain Hume's cross past Radek Cerny.

And five minutes later the deficit was back to one when Damion Stewart tripped Adam Hammill in the area.

Andy Gray's spot-kick was saved by Cerny but the ball fell kindly for the striker to tuck away the rebound.

Cerny tipped Hammill's long-range effort over the top to preserve Rangers' lead in the 63rd minute.

Three minutes later Buzsaky's cross was headed back across goal by Rowan Vine and Watson's effort was fumbled over the line by Preece. And Rangers were home and dry when Kaspars Gorkss's header caused more mild panic in the Barnsley box and Simpson got the final touch to complete the scoring.



Bristol City: Basso, Orr, McCombe, Fontaine, McAllister,Elliott, Johnson (Haynes 65), Hartley, Sno (Sproule 82),Maynard, Saborio (Nyatanga 57).

Gary Teale's late second-half strike gave Derby County a much-needed victory against 10-man Bristol City at Pride Park.
Nigel Clough's team entered the game having lost four on the bounce, but dominated and deserved the three points against the Robins, who were left hanging on for a draw after their skipper Jamie McCombe was shown the red card after 60 minutes.

Up until that point it was an even contest with chances at both ends, but the balance shifted the Rams' way when the visitors' skipper saw red for two fouls on Rob Hulse inside two minutes.

With the numerical advantage Derby dominated, but couldn't find the crucial breakthrough until the 85th minute as Teale attacked a back-stepping City defence from the left-wing and found the back of the net with a well-struck right-foot shot, much to the relief of the lions' share of over 27,000 fans.

In an open first half, Derby dominated possession, but Gary Johnson's side could easily have taken a lead into the interval as City striker Alvaro Saborio was guilty of squandering the game's best opportunity.

The Derby defence was caught napping as Bradley Orr whipped in a cross from the right flank with barely a minute on the clock.

Saborio was unmarked inside the six-yard box, but nodded a weak header straight at Stephen Bywater in Derby's goal who would have stood no chance had the effort either power or placement.

It was the home side who were next to spurn a good opportunity, as with 20 minutes played, the ball broke to an unmarked James Vaughan for a chance of his first Derby goal, but the on-loan striker scuffed his shot wide of Adriano Basso's goal.

With five minutes of the half remaining, Hulse came close as, with his back to goal the tall striker turned swiftly and hit a curling shot which flew just over the junction of post and crossbar.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, the balance of the game was tipped heavily in Derby's favour as McCombe saw red.

The City skipper McCombe lost his head as he received two yellow cards inside two minutes.

His first was for feigning a facial injury after a tussle with Hulse at the corner flag, and just seconds later he took a wild swiping tackle at the same Derby player and was swiftly dismissed.

With the Robins reduced, the Rams dominated for the remaining half hour.

Lee Croft should have broken the deadlock when a Basso error left the Derby winger with an empty net, but he fired his 25-yard effort wide of the target, much to the frustration of the home fans.

The sense of frustration was growing as next Paul Dickov failed to hit the target from six yards out not once but twice.

But the crucial strike finally came with just five minutes of normal time remaining as Teale found some space and beat Basso in the Bristol goal.