With Leeds United deciding to take the weekend off with our hundreds of international call-ups, League One continued without us and since I have no Leeds United match to report on, I thought I’d check out how the rest of the top six got on.

For me, the one to watch this weekend was Southampton vs Gus Poyet’s new team, Brighton & Hove Albion. A first half brace from Glenn Murray gave Gus the perfect start, but Southampton got a penalty just before half-time. Rickie Lambert stepped up and converted for his 12th of the season, sending him above Jermaine Beckford (11) in the top-scorers chart.

Without wanting to stray too far off subject Rickie Lambert is definitely a man Leeds should be targeting if Jermaine Beckford leaves in January. His goal-scoring record is incredible and he’ll no doubt want a chance to play higher. Southampton are very unlikely to achieve promotion, so I think we’d have a good chance of capturing him.

The BBC are reporting that Southampton’s problems stemmed from a “very shaky defence” and Brighton took full advantage adding a third shortly before full-time. The new manager effect seems to have worked well at Brighton who we’ll meet next Saturday. Let’s hope it was a one-off fluke.

Meanwhile, in London, Charlton returned to winning ways emphatically beating fourth place MK Dons 5-1. Although they’ve lowered the gap from us to four, MK Dons occupy the third to sixth place area, which is where we really need to move away from so this isn’t necessarily a bad result. So long as we go up automatically, I really couldn’t care less who wins the title.

The next stand out result in a free-scoring weekend has to be Huddersfield who battered Wycombe 6-0. Norwich also won, but Colchester could only manage a draw so without playing Leeds United are still seven points clear of the play-off positions. A game in hand means nothing unless you win it, but the chance to move ten clear so early on is a nice thought.

So the only change this weekend (in the top six) is Colchester United jumping MK Dons to take third spot. Charlton gained a bit of ground and the impressive scoreline will do wonders for their confidence. Huddersfield will be disappointed to remain sixth after the 6-0 demolition job, but they have opened up a little breathing room on Millwall who now trail them by two points.

I think things are really starting to take shape as we head towards Christmas. Was never convinced by Bristol and didn’t expect them to stay near the top for long. Southampton have such an impressive attack that they’ll climb steadily. Whether they can reach the top six or not though is debatable.

Would also expect Colchester to fizzle out eventually as I aren’t sure they have the depth. Millwall will most likely end in the top six, so come May I’d expect it to be pretty much as you are, but with Millwall possibly replacing Colchester running out of steam. If Southampton can keep hold of their key players, they may turn a few heads yet though.

It’s a prediction that will probably be as accurate as my football coupon this weekend. League One is simply too unpredictable for anyone to really know for sure, but it should be an interesting few months either way. On and on.

  • Acid

    Nice write up… shame there was no game for us this weekend.. but gives the guys a good rest again… lets hope they dont rest of their laurels .
    On a side note.. have you heard or read the rumour of an Argentine defender being at Elland Road? Walter Garcia is his name.. 25 years old.. then again, it was written in The People,

    • Kernow

      Another central defender?

  • Askgledders.com

    Beg to differ about not finishing top. I think it has to be aim. If we want to be big, we’ve got to think big. I want the history books to talk about Leeds’ return to the top starting when they left League One as champions. On and on.

  • Askgledders.com

    Beg to differ about not finishing top. I think it has to be aim. If we want to be big, we've got to think big. I want the history books to talk about Leeds' return to the top starting when they left League One as champions. On and on.