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James Dixon blasts the absence of goal-line technology in the Football League, hails Yeovil and questions QPR in this week's Championship Chat.

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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: Albert Adomah, Middlesbrough v Doncaster

In what was one of the most fluid goals of the season so far, Adomah's first of his two strikes against Doncaster was a real combination of vision, pace and a delightful finish.

Collecting a chipped through-ball played from Kei Kamara, the Ghanaian continued his blistering run through the heart of the Doncaster defence.

Making a fool of the lazy offside trap the winger took his time to nonchalantly chip Ross Turnbull 20-yards from goal to give caretaker manager Mark Venus the perfect start and send Boro on their way to a much needed victory.

Worthy of mentions: Edward Upson, Yeovil v Nottingham Forest; Matty Fryatt, Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday; Danny Ings, Burnley v QPR.

Team of the weekend: (4-3-3) Wayne Hennessey; Kieran Trippier, Sean Morrison, Daniel Ayala, Ben Mee; Sean Scannell, Sean Murray, Edward Upson; Lloyd Dyer, Albert Adomah, Danny Ings.

Special praise goes to Wayne Hennessey, whose performance in goal for Yeovil saw him save a penalty from Simon Cox.

Quote of the weekend: Gianfranco Zola

The Watford boss was furious with the officials after they failed to award a legitimate goal against Brighton on Monday and called for goal-line technology to be introduced in the Championship.

"There's no doubt about it, it's definitely a goal," said Hornets boss Zola.

"Everyone has seen it apart from the referee and the officials. That is the disappointing part, the goal did not happen in a crowded area, there was only the player, the ball and the line and it has not been seen.

"I am disappointed because it would have given us three points.

"In a championship in which so much money is involved - they say it's £120million for the teams that go up - it (technology) would help the officials keep everything under control.

"If it is something we can use to make the game better why not? After today I would like it to be at least considered."

Player of the weekend: Edward Upson, Yeovil

Going about his business relatively quietly in the Championship the Yeovil midfielder has scored four goals so far this season in the league after being ever present in the starting line-up.

His match-winning performance at the weekend helped the Glovers overcome an in-form Nottingham Forest thanks to two long-range efforts.

Despite a lucky deflection from his first goal, the quality of his second showed how lethal he can be with his 25-yard shot leaving Karl Darlow with no chance as it nestled in the bottom corner.

Gaffe of the weekend: Bertie Bee, Burnley's mascot Burnley v QPR

Poor Bertie Bee landed himself in a spot of bother during Burnley's game against QPR after being sent off after handing a pair glasses to the assistant referee.

The mascot seemed to have the crowd in stitches 15 minutes into the match, but referee Simon Hooper failed to see the funny side and sent him to the stands at Turf Moor.

Pictures were later released showing Bertie in the cells at the ground but Burnley's favourite mascot won't be heading too close to the action from now on after being stung himself.

Game of the weekend: Huddersfield 3 Leeds United 2

With a history of producing a pulsating spectacle it was no surprise that the West Yorkshire derby between Huddersfield and Leeds would be the stand out game from the weekend.

Starting the scoring early on with the opener coming from a headed goal Matt Smith on two minutes, followed by a long-range goal courtesy of Danny Ward just eight minutes later.

The first half ended without any further incident but a flurry of goals starting with an own-goal from Tom Lees to give the Terriers the lead with Dexter Blackstock scoring the equaliser for United before local lad Jon Stead settled the game in the 77th minute.

Result of the weekend: Yeovil 3 Nottingham Forest 1

Having failed to win a home game in the Championship this season, Yeovil would have thought it would be a case of damage limitation against an in-form Nottingham Forest side.

But the Glovers comprehensive victory against a promotion chasing side showed the commitment and desire as well as the quality that is present in the Yeovil ranks to push for a second successive season in the Championship after this result lifted them to 22nd place.

Disappointment of the weekend: QPR

In what was built to be the battle of the top two teams in the Championship QPR's trip to Burnley showed there is still much work needed to be done if they are to qualify automatically.

Sean Dyche's men picked apart QPR in the build-up to the two goals and a number questions can be asked of the desire by some of the R's players who will have to play in similar hostile environments this season.

Harry Redknapp will have to prepare for another difficult test against Derby on Saturday who have been in excellent form with the arrival of Steve McClaren.

Celebration of the weekend: Danny Ings, Burnley

I'm not sure if it's Burnley's dizzying form or the prolific scoring streak of the striker himself that led to the strange celebration by Ings but he was committed and pressed on regardless.

After a neat build up in play and one-two with Sam Vokes, the striker calmly slotted past Rob Green before running away to the corner flag and pulling his shorts up eye-wateringly high. Maybe it was a nod to Simon Cowell, who knows but he does have previous following his FIFA 14 inspired drop to floor after scoring against Derby.

Hot topic of the weekend: Goal-line Technology

Gianfranco Zola was left to bemoan his luck after his Watford side had a goal ruled out despite all of the ball clearly crossing all of the line.

Leading Brighton 1-0 at the time Fernando Forestieri's effort had defender Gordon Greer in all sorts of trouble as he miscontrolled the Italian's shot, sending the ball over the line. Despite appeals by the players to let the goal stand their efforts were in vain and to make matters worse for the Hornets, Brighton equalised moments later.

It's understandable that in its first year of being in operation in the Premier League that the goal-line technology isn't going to be readily available to be included in the stadiums across the Championship, but surely it has to be implemented in time for next year.

As a nation of football fans we don't need persuading that technology should be referred to when making such important decisions that can affect the outcome of a game. With the progression of football overall, technology has to be used in the second tier in England.

What's to come...

The match between in-form Watford and Leicester is next up, the match kicking-off live on Sky at 12.15pm on Saturday 2 November.

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