When the month of December begins in English football, madness is sure to ensue and that is exactly what happened in the Championship on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The biggest headline came from Hillsborough as Sheffield Wednesday took down top-of-the-table Leicester City, 2-1.
The victory, powered by a Connor Wickham first-half brace, came just days after the Owls sacked manager Dave Jones:
Sheffield Wednesday fire Dave Jones, beat 1st-place Leicester 2 days later. 2nd win in 17 league games just like that. Unreal. Hi Ho.— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) December 3, 2013
The 23rd-place side earned just their second victory in 17 league games and could potentially use this win as a turning point in their season as they look to avoid relegation to League One.
As for Leicester, they remained in first place, but only on goals scored, as Queens Park Rangers reached the same 38-point mark that the Foxes were at heading into the midweek fixtures.
QPR won their 11th game of the season on Tuesday at Lofuts Road over Bournemouth, 3-0, with Charlie Austin, Junior Hoilett and Matthew Phillips scoring a goal each.
In the promotion playoff places, the biggest news came from Blackpool as they had three players sent off in their 1-0 away loss to Yeovil Town.
The red cards were handed out in the waning moments of a tumultuous second half as Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary Mackenzie were all sent off for the Tangerines:
Blackpool are the first team since Sheffield United in 2002, to receive three red cards in a single Championship match (English 2nd tier).— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) December 3, 2013
Third-place Burnley earned a single point at home after a 0-0 draw with Watford in a match where Jonathan Bond made seven saves for the visiting Hornets.
Derby surged up to fourth place with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Wednesday thanks to a 90th-minute strike by Conor Sammon.
Chris Martin scored the first goal for the Rams in the clash against a Boro side that went down to 10 men in the 34th minute on Curtis Main's second yellow card.
Reading jumped over Blackpool into fifth place with a 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic after Billy Sharp netted a 13th-minute goal at the Madejski Stadium.
All 24 teams in the Championship will be back in action on Saturday with Derby hosting Blackpool in the lone top-six clash at Pride Park.
Here is how the table looks after 18 matches. The top two sides will be automatically promoted to the English Premier League while the teams in third through sixth will square off in a four-team playoff for the third promotion position.
|Team||Games Played||Points||Goal Difference|
|Queens Park Rangers||18||38||+12|
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All statistics obtained from WhoScored.com.