I asked twenty-four Championship fans to preview their team’s season in under 140 characters.
Here I follow up with how they’re feeling 10 games in…
Ok, so the eagle eyed of you among us will note that not every side has played 10 games. Well, they should have were it not for Birmingham City’s League Cup heroics last year. So let’s move on, deal?
The start of the season is a magical time. For some, pre-season dreams will be fulfilled, for most the reality of mid-table mediocrity or relegation scraps sinks in slowly as the season progresses. Delete as appropriate…
Ten matches into the season and the table is gradually starting to take shape. Sean O’Driscoll of Doncaster was the first to bite the bullet in the sack race. More recently, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, two sides currently in the bottom four both began searches for new managers. Keith Millen and Steve McClaren both leaving their respective posts.
Elsewhere, it’s the promoted clubs that have enjoyed the most positive starts. Southampton, under Nigel Adkins, sit top of the table while Gus Poyet’s Brighton join them in the top six. Completing the promoted trio is Peterborough, widely tipped for relegation, they top the bottom half and have had some impressive wins. Ahem.
Middlesbrough remain the only side unbeaten, but it is Derby County’s name who I, personally, am most surprised to see in the top six- let alone sitting pretty in third spot. Even ex-player Robbie Savage, pre-season, on Twitter and in The Mirror tipped them to struggle.
The nature of the Championship though means that you needn’t worry too much. Over the past season Hull, Burnley and Blackpool have all been promoted when not fancied and some big sides have been relegated. It is widely said that if you can string a run together in the new year you will be there abouts come May. That said, if you’re rock bottom at Christmas that may be asking too much.
We’ve gone back to the fans who gave us their #shortandtweet preview back in August to find out how they’re feeling over the second international break. Enjoy.
‘Happy with the discipline Hill has brought to the squad but frustrating that we haven’t turned a few draws into wins.’
BIRMINGHAM CITY @chrisquinn3
‘Happy enough. Expectations was a play-off push; be happy with mid-table and good showings in Europe now.’
‘V. Satisfied w/the start. Just need to turn our draws into wins. Addition of Shelvey should bring attacking quality from CM.’
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION @BrettMendoza
‘Happy with start, despite last 4games. Love our passing style of play. Top 10, but with good transfer window push for play offs.’
BRISTOL CITY @cider1977
‘Disastrous start aside from 1 win at Leics. Spirit gone & manager had to go. Need fresh approach throughout club. Good enough to stay up.’
‘Despite some defence & midfield frailties recent results will see confidence grow. With some luck the momentum will continue.’
CARDIFF CITY @HuwWynnMorgan
‘Solid start. Workman like and miserly in defence as predicted, despite injuries early on. Lack of goals but miller hitting form.’
COVENTRY CITY @GHorsfall
‘Expectations have changed, we will be down by March not April.’
CRYSTAL PALACE @masondrozario
‘Great start to the season. Playing some good, attacking football at home. Too cautious away from home though. Midtable finish’
DERBY COUNTY @TallPaul_H
‘Some great results, doing better than expected for most. Still need to strenghten in areas to mount a serious challenge’
DONCASTER ROVERS @daniel_nice7
‘Still the same, even with manager change. 21st this year will do fine. Sad to see OD go. Impressed with Saunders- up for the challenge, had immediate impact.’
HULL CITY @peteharrap
‘Very happy, goals starting to come and defence very solid. Play offs confirmed as a realistic aim.’
IPSWICH TOWN @tractorgirlamy
‘The rocky start is making it a fascinating year. But 10 points from 12 shows our new signings can go all the way to the Prem.’
LEEDS UNITED @liamgazza
‘Better than I thought! Happy we are giving youngsters the chance. Only one clean sheet a problem but could be a strong season.’
LEICESTER CITY @FilbertTheFox
‘Slowly but surely we’re now gelling, the 4-0 win against DCFC shows we’re heading in the right direction. Top 6 still a min. Top 2 not unrealistic.’
‘After reducing the wage bill the top 6 is the aim for Boro fans. The season has started well but the squad remains small.’
‘Not very happy ATM. Can’t score and can’t defend. Need defenders and forwards. Think it’ll pick up. Safe mid table spot still.’
NOTTINGHAM FOREST @harryb1301
‘High expectations but a point above the relegation zone we are now looking at a mid table finish- or maybe a relegation fight.’
PETERBOROUGH UNITED @clarkbatfan
‘Delighted. We’re proving we belong here rather than being the whipping boys that’ll go straight down. Survival still the aim.’
#Pompey have been extremely inconsistent. Main concern is the lack of goals, we are worryingly short up front.’
‘After troubling start, seem to be finding our feet. Expectations unchanged but happy overall, decent team growing. Optimistic.’
‘No, expectations still the same [top 6]. Just on one hell of a run ATM. We will be thereabouts come the end.’
‘As tough a start as expected. Summer departures have hit us hard & we’re in no doubt that survival remains our only target.’
WEST HAM UNITED @Daniel_Speller
‘Inconsistent, Lansbury impressive. Need an out and out goalscorer. Missing Parker too.’
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[Contributors for Brighton, Burnley, Ipswich and Middlesbrough could not be contacted and hence changed]