Here are all the key stats and facts from the Sky Bet Championship!
● Having been in the Sunderland dugout for a 1-0 win against Stoke in August, Stoke boss Alex Neil is the first manager to win a Championship fixture with both sides in a season since Sean O’Driscoll in 2012-13 (Bristol City vs Nottingham Forest).
● Rotherham boss Matt Taylor beat QPR’s new manager Gareth Ainsworth in League One earlier this season, with Exeter winning 3-1 against Wycombe in August – he’s the first manager to beat another in two different divisions in a Football League season since Mark Robins vs Dean Saunders in 2012-13 (Coventry 4-1 Doncaster in League One, Huddersfield 3-1 Wolves in the Championship).
● Stoke City (5-1 v Sunderland) have won an away league match by 4+ goals for the first time since October 2006 (4-0 v Leeds United), while Sunderland have lost by four goals at home for just the second time in their history outside of the top flight (also 0-4 v Cardiff City in 1971).
● Middlesbrough’s Chuba Akpom scored two or more for the fifth time this season against Reading, more than any other player in the Championship in 2022-23; only Erling Haaland (27) has scored more goals than Akpom (21) in the top four tiers of English football this season.
● Coventry City’s Viktor Gyökeres has now scored five goals in his last five Championship matches and has become just the second player to reach 20+ direct goal involvements in the league this season (17G 6A), after Chuba Akpom (21G 1A).
● Cardiff City’s Ryan Allsop picked up the third EFL red card of his career and his first for Cardiff City (also for Bournemouth and Wycombe) – all three of his sending offs have been straight reds.