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James Dixon hails Tomasz Cywka's fine goal for Barnsley in Championship Chat, and praises Derby's Craig Bryson weekend performance.

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Craig Bryson: Excellent performance for Derby

Craig Bryson: Excellent performance for Derby

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The Sky Bet Championship is often overlooked for the glamour and glitz of the Premier League, but there's much to be celebrated in the second tier as we find out in this new weekly Thursday column.

The race for promotion, and the bid to stay in the second tier, is likely to be as competitive as ever, as we examine all the key talking points from the weekend, and also take a look at what's to come in the matches ahead.

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Goal of the weekend: Tomasz Cywka, Nottingham Forest v Barnsley

Standing over the ball 30-yards from goal in a relatively unthreatening position, substitute Tomasz Cywka hit an unstoppable free kick past goalkeeper Karl Darlow into the top right corner.

Levelling the scores at the time, Cywka and Barnsley will have felt they did enough to come away with a point, however they lost the game and will feel an injustice that such a stunning goal came in a losing effort.

Worthy of mentions: Junior Stanislas, Burnley v Blackburn; Craig Bryson, Millwall v Derby; Liam Moore, Leicester v Wigan.

Team of the weekend: (4-3-3) Kasper Schmeichel; Kieran Trippier, Liam Moore, Nedum Onuoha, Clint Hill; Junior Stanislas, Craig Bryson, Tom Ince; David McGoldrick, Charlie Austin, Jamie Vardy

Special praise goes to Craig Bryson who notched up a hat trick for Derby and David McGoldrick who bagged a brace for Ipswich.

Quote of the weekend: Dougie Freedman

The Bolton boss says he will not be looking to be re-evaluate the club's objectives already so soon in the Championship window despite defeat to Leeds at the weekend, and remains confident that his side will find form.

"Have we given up on automatic promotion? We'll never give up. Anything can happen in professional sport.

"You have your ups and downs but we've really got to start games better.

"We showed that we've got the players at the top end who are able to play well in this division. We created enough chances to make things happen and for some reason they just didn't.

"The players need to remain strong to get out of this. I think we just need that first win to get ourselves going."

Player of the weekend: Craig Bryson, Derby

Not the most talked about midfielder in the Derby side, but a solid performer in the heart of the midfield, Bryson reaped the rewards against Millwall.

In what was an excellent all-round performance he topped off his efforts with three fantastic goals, taking the match away from the Lions and making history in the process, with Bryson becoming the first Derby player to score a hat trick since 1996.

Gaffe of the weekend: The Burnley defence, Burnley v Blackburn Rovers

Few would argue that there is a worse time to make a comedy of errors than against your nearest and fiercest rivals, however that's exactly what the Burnley defence decided to do in the latter stages of the east Lancashire derby.

Scott Arfield will have to take the majority of the blame after his terrible back pass put Jordan Rhodes through on goal before Michael Duff's attempted clearance saw the ball deflect off Rhodes, lobbing a helpless Tom Heaton.

Making the mistake even more difficult to deal with will be the fact that the blunder means Burnley still haven't got the better of Blackburn in 34 years.

Game of the weekend: Nottingham Forest 3 Barnsley 2

A five-goal thriller that had a bit of everything; a penalty, an own goal, a wonder strike and late drama. The home side took the lead on 18 minutes through Simon Cox only for their opponents to level from a penalty two minutes later, which was tucked away by the in-form Chris O'Grady.

Andy Reid's dangerous free kick on the stroke of half time caused mass panic in Barnsley penalty area with Kelvin Etuhu bundling the ball into his own net, followed by Cywka's moment of magic.

However Forest would not be denied and in typical fashion, Darius Henderson's expertly-placed header gave his side a late victory taking Billy Davies' men up to third in the table.

Result of the weekend: Bournemouth 1 Blackpool 2

As the Championship season progresses at pace, positive results across the board are becoming vital. Leeds' away win against an albeit struggling Bolton, keeps the Yorkshire club on the tails of the leading clubs - although they were then beaten late on at Reading on Wednesday night - and Leicester's impressive win against Wigan also deserves a special mention.

But Blackpool's hard-fought win against an in-form Bournemouth was the exactly the kind of gritty performance and result that promotion contenders need and took the Tangerines to the top of the table.

Disappointment of the weekend: Millwall

Steve Lomas looks to really be feeling the heat after his side were thrashed 5-1 at home to Derby leaving the club rooted to the bottom of the Championship.

Coming in after long-term manager Kenny Jackett left The Den in the summer it was always going to be a tough ask for Lomas who is expected to repeat the minor miracles associated with his predecessor.

However Lomas will be delighted with the result on Tuesday night and it could be the performance to galvanise his side, but the wins will have to keep coming otherwise the discontent in the stands will re-emerge.

Celebration of the weekend: Liam Moore, Leicester

Caught up in the moment of scoring his first goal for the club, Moore admits he tried to combine five different celebrations including the Bale-like heart celebration, kissing the badge, a knee slide before settling on the Temuri Ketsbaia approach of kicking the advertisement boards.

Hot topic of the weekend: Bad behaviour in the Championship

Billy Davies served a one-match ban on Saturday following an angry confrontation with the referee two weeks prior to Saturday's game, but the bad behaviour seems to have continued after the international break.

Blackpool boss Paul Ince was also on the receiving end of some quick and decisive action from the fourth official after he threw a bottle which inadvertently hit a spectator during his side's victory away at Bournemouth.

And in what where the ugliest scenes of the weekend came at Millwall when Adam Smith was targeted with objects from the crowd and Derby manager Nigel Clough was approached by a spectator who invaded the pitch. Despite all the work the club has done to improve its image surely events like this can't be repeated without punishment.

What's to come...

The match between London rivals Charlton Athletic and Millwall is next up, the match kicking-off live on Sky at 12.15pm on Saturday 21 September.

By James Dixon, follow me on Twitter here.

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