Sheffield Wednesday's man's star league debut, Stoke City striker's dismal outing - Championship weekend stats

Sheffield Wednesday got their new season off to the ideal start, picking three points and a clean sheet in a 2-0 win away to Cardiff City, with goals from strikers Josh Windass and Jordan Rhodes.

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 4:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 5:02 pm
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Using the latest stats from WhoScored, we took a look at some of the most eye-catching numbers from last weekend's action. Here's our statistical round-up of the Championship action, including the Owls' win over Cardiff, and the division's Star and Flop of the weekend.

The Hornets grabbed the three points in a narrow win Boro, but it was Middlesbrough debutant Grant Hall who really impressed. He won 13 aerial challenges - more than any other player in the division last weekend.
While we're on the subject of defensive efforts, ex-Wolves youngster Michael Ihiekwe was in similar form for the Saddlers. He kept a clean sheet, made eight clearances - oh, he scored the match-winning goal too.

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The Bees lost despite dominating possession and shots on goal. However, Birmingham's aerial superiority gave them a distinct advance - they won 30 challenges in the air to Brentford's 17, and their winning goal was a header.
Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu's played a complete midfield game in the Hatters' big win. He made four successful dribbles, two interceptions, hit three accurate long balls, and set up the winning goal to boot.
A tight game saw Norwich edge past Huddersfield in a match where, statistically, the sides were well-matched. However, the Terriers were dispossessed of the ball twice as many times as the Canaries, which is a worry.
Neither side could break the deadlock, and Stoke striker Tyrese Campbell had a particularly underwhelming game. He made five unsuccessful touches, zero shots on targets, and made just 11 passes in 65 minutes.
Ilias Chair filled the Eberechi Eze void supremely against Forest, with a performance of the highest calibre. The youngster made two key passes, took 56 touches, had a 75% pass accuracy, and scored a late goal.
The Owls pulled off a shock win against the Bluebirds, and Izzy Brown impressed with an excellent midfield display. He got an assist, landed two crosses on the money, made two key passes, and only Barry Bannan took more touches.
Preston dominated possession, played more successful passes, and won more tackles and aerial challenges. Swansea, however, were ruthless, scoring from their one shot on target - of Preston's 11 shots, with four were on target.
Lucas Joao had a busy afternoon, that's for sure. He scored, made an assist, and struck the post. However, it was left-back Omar Richards who shone - with 77% pass accuracy, three tackles, two interceptions, and six dribbles.
In a tight contest, it took individual brilliance from Jamie Paterson to make the difference. As well as setting up a goal and scoring, the midfielder made four key passes, two interceptions, and made 66 touches in a dominant display.
The Cherries may have won, but they need an Aaron Ramsdale replacement in, pronto. Mark Travers made a shocking error for Rovers' first goal, and landed just six of his 24 goal kicks on target.
A close one this, but the Portuguese ace just about scoops it with his fine performance for the Royals. Derby simply couldn't get near the man.
There are a few contenders, but Cardiff's Leandro Bacuna just about edges it. He made a costly error for a goal and made three fouls in a sloppy midfield performance.