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Dean Ashton reviews the Championship action

13 December 2020

Former striker Dean Ashton was a guest pundit on Saturday's EFL on Quest highlights show, discussing the across the Sky Bet Championship.

Here's what he had to say...

On Duncan Watmore’s Middlesbrough revival...

“After having a bit of a wobble, it was a great start from Middlesbrough. Duncan Watmore... I just think it was always going to take a manager like Neil Warnock to take a chance on him.

“He was an under-21 international with Jack Grealish, big things were thought of him, and then horrible injuries hampered his career.

“But Warnock has taken a chance on him; maybe he has to nurse him through training sessions, but he’s clearly getting the best out of a player who has not lost his ability through injuries.”

On Norwich City's defensive displays...

“Norwich are getting the run of the luck, but when you look back at two seasons ago when they got promoted, maybe we need to give a bit more credit to that back line and the likes of Hanley, Zimmerman and McGovern.

“I think because the manager doesn’t change, he doesn’t change the way the team is always going to play, no matter what outside noise. So when players do come into the side, they know exactly what to do and fit in nicely."

On Rotherham United's performance of the season so far...

“They were absolutely outstanding against a good Bristol City side, with a couple of youngsters catching my eye. Barlaser with a great free-kick in for Crooks to score, and then Olosunde, he was Man of the Match for me. Outstanding.”

On Dominic Solanke Bournemouth form...

“I think the expectations hampered him; he had such a good Chelsea and England youth record, everyone thought it was going to happen for him and it didn’t quite work out. He'd scored three in 42 for Bournemouth before this season.

“Now, he’s got eight in eighteen, but way he leads the line too... touch and lay-offs, setting up the fifth goal, he’s really growing in confidence and becoming a focal point for this Bournemouth side.”

On Coventry City's Liam Kelly...

“Liam Kelly’s been a big player, he was a big miss with injury at the start of the season, but he’s been a big part of this seven-game unbeaten run.

“Bringing out his inner Lothar Matthaus for his first goal, and then heading home his second whilst being pretty much injured!”

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