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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 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 week: Cameron Stewart, Charlton

Picking up the ball from goalkeeper Ben Alwick, the on-loan Hull winger ran half the length of the field, cut inside two players and then drilled a low-shot into the corner of Chris Dunn's goal. Stewart has been making a real impact at The Valley this season and it's easy to see why Addicks boss Chris Powell wants to retain his services.

See the goal here.

Worthy of mentions: Michael Kightly, Burnley v Barnsley; Isaiah Osbourne, Blackpool v Derby; Andre Moritz, Bolton v Doncaster.

Team of the week: (3-4-3) Tom Heaton; Kieran Trippier, Grant Hanley, Clint Hill; Michael Kightly, Luke Murphy, David Lopez, Simon Dawkins; Chris Martin, Ashley Barnes, Troy Deeney.

Special mention this week goes to Burnley midfielder Michael Kightly, who netted his first goal of the season - and what a goal it was - to help the Clarets return to top spot in the Championship.

Kightly moved to Burnley in the summer and has been improving match by match for Sean Dyche's side as he bids to rediscover the form that once had him mentioned as a potential England cap.

Quote of the week: Billy Davies

Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, the Nottingham Forest manager had a sly pop at his recent critics following the Tricky Trees' win at Sheffield Wednesday.

"People are either euphoric, or people are suicidal, depending on the league position one week to the next. People need to sell newspapers, I understand that.

"But what we have here is great belief, great spirit and huge confidence in the dressing room. We'll keep working at it.

"You have to come here and put in a man's performance. I thought today we put in a man's performance."

Player of the week: Chris Martin, Derby County

After Leeds' Ross McCormack, there is no other striker in finer form in the Championship than the Derby frontman.

Albeit two of his goals coming from the spot, Martin's hat-trick against Blackpool on Saturday underlined his confidence in front of goal and promisingly for Derby fans, his partnership with Simon Dawkins looks to be one of the most exciting in the division.

Gaffe of the week: James Vaughan, Huddersfield

The Town striker has been watched by Celtic in recent weeks but his penalty miss in the defeat at Ipswich will not have helped his cause.

It's perhaps a little harsh on Vaughan given that even the world's best can miss a penalty, but striker's thrive on confidence and one goal in his last six suggests the goals may be drying up a little for the Town frontman.

Game of the week: Leeds 3 Watford 3

The two matches between the sides last season produced 10 goals, so it was probably no surprise to see another entertaining affair served up by the promotion hopefuls.

Watford had taken a 2-0 lead into the interval to leave the Elland Road faithful fearing a repeat of last season's 6-1 debacle. But the Whites are made of sterner stuff under Brian McDermott and some harsh words from the Whites boss clearly had the required impact as Leeds come out firing in the second period.

When Ross McCormack put the seal on their comeback and made it 3-2 to Leeds, most inside Elland Road probably assumed the hosts would go on to collect their sixth successive home win. But Troy Deeney had the last word when he fired home after Paddy Kenny failed to hang on to George Thorne's shot.

Watch highlights of the game in the video above.

Result of the week: Reading 1 Bournemouth 2

A 'coupon-buster' if ever there was one, goals from Lewis Grabban and Matt Ritchie helped Bournemouth end Reading's unbeaten nine-match record at home this season. Not only that, it also inflicted the Royals' first home loss in the Championship in just short of two years.

Disappointment of the week: Blackpool

They may be the Tangerines, but Blackpool have been seeing red at an alarming rate lately and five red cards in two games will take some topping at any level of football.

Hardly blessed with the largest of squads, the impending suspensions will no doubt hit the Seasiders hard in the weeks to come.

To make matters worse, Paul Ince's men were the architects of their own downfall as a catalogue of errors saw their 1-0 half-time lead slip finish as a 5-1 thrashing.

Celebration of the week: Matt Smith, Leeds

Slim pickings this week, but it was the goalshot equalisation celebration by Matt Smith that caught the eye, the Leeds man mountain picking up the ball up out of the back of the net and booting it high into the East Stand.

It wasn't particularly refined (the celebration, not the goal) but it probably epitomised the relief felt by all associated with Leeds after Watford had been pegged back.

Hot topic of the week: Uwe Rosler's appointment at Wigan

Whilst I expressed my dismay at the sacking of Owen Coyle last week, I do see why Latics turned to the Brentford manager.

In two seasons in charge of the Bees, he led them to firstly their highest finish in six years, and most recently, to within 90 minutes of the Championship.

Uber-popular wherever he has been (who can forget the chant Man City fans used to sing at him?), Rosler is one of the game's up-and-coming managers and plays a brand of football that made Roberto Martinez so popular during his spell in charge of the club.

And don't rule out a reunion with his former No 2 Gunnar Halle, who has previously assisted Roser at Lillestrom, Viking and Molde. Halle snubbed the chance to return to England when Rosler moved to Griffin Park, but speaking at a fans' dinner at Elland Road before Leeds' clash with Watford, he said: "You never know. I'd not rule it out."

Rosler's first match in charge will be the Europa League clash with Maribor but his main objective this season will be to get Wigan back amongst the promotion mix after their indifferent start.

Rosler already seems a good fit for Wigan and I think his appointment gives them the best chance to rejuvenate their season.

You can read his first interview since taking charge here.

What's to come...

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