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Six talking points from Matchday 16 in the Sky Bet Championship

9 November 2015

Another managerial dismissal, Brighton make history and derby delight for Leeds – here are six talking points from the weekend's Sky Bet Championship action.

Kit Symons becomes seventh managerial casualty

Kit Symons became the seventh Championship manager to be sacked this season after Fulham were beaten 5-2 by Birmingham City. The defeat was the Cottagers' sixth of the season and Symons leaves them sitting 12th on 20 points.

Read more: Fulham aiming for higher level of success after Kit Symons' departure

Fulham are the division's top scorers with 29 but find themselves in mid-table because of the 28 goals they have conceded.

Rigg Announces Symons Departure: Fulham FC today announced that Kit Symons has been dismissed as Manager. #ffchttps://t.co/hEDipOVIMQ

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) November 8, 2015
Brighton & Hove Albion's 17 match streak sets club record

Brighton set a new club record, going unbeaten for their last 17 matches, after beating MK Dons 2-1. Goals from Solly March and Jamie Murphy stretched their undefeated run that began at the end of last season, making history in the process.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton revealed his delight at the record after the match.

He told seagulls.co.uk: “It's a wonderful achievement and the record is something which we are all very proud of, because we all know how difficult it is in the Championship. I am also proud of the manner in which we have done it.”

Leeds United take the spoils in West Yorkshire derby

Leeds United beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Saturday to record back-to-back away victories over their Yorkshire rivals for the first time since 1938.

Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood scored within a minute of each other to send Leeds into the break with a 2-0 advantage, and Alex Mowatt secured the win with fine, long-range effort – his second in less than a week.

WATCH | No surprises here: @alex_mowatt's stunning strike for #lufc is the @SkyBetChamp#GoalOfTheWeekendhttps://t.co/lr8XWbtOKc

— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) November 9, 2015
Cardiff City get back amongst the goals

Cardiff City's first goal since beating Middlesbrough in October coincided with their first win in four matches as they saw off Reading 2-0, thanks to goals from Kenwyne Jones and Matt Connolly.

They hadn't found the net for three matches before Jones popped up to head them in front just before half-time, and defender Connolly netted to confirm the victory in the 53rd minute.



Form; what form? Forest win East Midlands derby

Nottingham Forest condemned fierce rivals Derby County to their first loss in 11 matches by winning 1-0 in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday night.

Nelson Oliveira scored the decisive goal after only five minutes and, as well as bringing the Rams' good run to a close, it ended Dougie Freedman's side's eight-game winless stretch.

Nelson Oliveira scores the winner as #NFFC beat Derby 1-0 at The City Ground. https://t.co/0mSvKsfJPV

— Nottingham Forest FC (@Official_NFFC) November 7, 2015
“It'll lift the players and reiterate what they've been believing in,” the manager told the club's official website after the match.

“The pleasing thing for me as a coach is that we played as a team. We defended as a team, sprung into attack as a team. We put our bodies on the line when we had to, and the crowd played a huge part because in the last 10 minutes the players were on their knees.”

Charlton Athletic claim shock of the weekend

Despite Forest's win against Derby, the upset of the weekend must go to Charlton Athletic.

The Addicks went into their match against Sheffield Wednesday without a win in 12 in all competitions, sitting in the relegation zone, but came away with three points courtesy of a 3-1 victory.

Wednesday hadn't lost in their previous 11 matches, in a stretch that included Capital One Cup wins over Arsenal and Newcastle United, but Charlton, who hadn't even scored for four matches, came out on top.

.@SimonMakienok also said that the squad had a pre-match talk from the Armed Forces https://t.co/J9TaiRYVL5#cafcpic.twitter.com/c4SNwBQGbW

— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) November 9, 2015

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