An alternative Championship league table - Middlesbrough leapfrog Cardiff City
Middlesbrough’s victory over Cardiff City at the weekend didn’t just take Boro three points clear of the Welsh side in the current Championship table. It also took them to the head of 2011’s alternative league standings.
After all, promotion and relegation are for losers. Especially if you support Cardiff, who persist with their constant flirting with getting out of the Championship without actually doing it. Maybe this year is their year.
But despite finishing last season in the play-off positions – and at least two points in their next two games guaranteeing they will end the year there again – they haven’t quite gained the most Championship points so far in 2011. That accolade goes to the team that beat them on Saturday, Tony Mowbray’s Boro.
At the other end of the standings, Coventry City have had a miserable 2011 and end it at the bottom of both versions of the table. While they can haul themselves above Doncaster Rovers in 2011’s alternative table, they will be hard pushed to get off the foot of the actual league table. Freezing cold comfort, of course. Doncaster, incidentally, have so far conceded exactly twice as many goals in 2011 as they have scored.
Please note: Nottingham Forest and Barnsley are placed beneath teams with fewer points due to playing more games and having a lower points average.
Full Championship table 2011 (promoted and relegated clubs not included)
AvgLS – Average points January – May 2011
AvgTS – Average points August – December 2011 (up to 18th December)
CS – Clean sheets
FtS – Failed to score