The Championship returned in its usual fashion with over 25 goals and plenty of shock results. Here is a short round up off all the opening day results.
Blackburn 1 – 1 Cardiff
The opening game of the 14/15 Championship season saw Blackburn face recently relegated Cardiff City on Friday evening. A first half strike from Jones put the Bluebirds ahead as Peter Wittingham’s free kick was nodded through to Jones who timed his run to perfection to head home his first goal of the season. However his goal proved to not be enough as Blackburn fought back to rescue a point as a superb strike from Tom Cairney flew into the back of the net to avoid a opening day loss for the Rovers.
Brentford 1 – 1 Charlton
Newly promoted Brentford scored a late equaliser in their opening game of the season as they came behind to rescue a point. Its been 21 years since Brentford were in the Championship and they marked it with a well deserved draw. Igor Vetokele opened the scoring in the second half when a deflected shot flew past a helpless Button however the Bees fought back to salvage a point as substitute Tommy Smith smashed home with five minutes left on the clock.
Brighton 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Giles Coke scored the only goal as Sheffield Wednesday opened their Championship campaign with three points after Brighton went down to 10 men when Crofts received a red car for a high challenge. Giles Coke’s scored a superb finish to give his team the win when he hit a spectacular effort 25 yards out start the season on a high.
Derby 1-0 Rotherham
Another one goal game saw Derby overcome newly promoted Rotherham as last season’s play off finalists took all three points from a close game. Jeff Hendrick was the man to hit the back of the net, turning home Cyrus Christie’s cross to seal the victory for the Rams in their opening game of the new campaign.
Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth
Pugh put Bournemouth ahead after just one minute when he slotted home a cross from Ritchie to give the visitors an early lead. Callum Wilson, who joined in the summer made it two just after the half hour mark to bag his first goal of the season before Yann Kermorgant slotted home a third from close range. Callum Wilson topped of the day to get his brace to end the score 4-0 to Bournemouth. Huddersfield manager, Mark Robins was later sacked after his first game in charge and Huddersfield now seek a new man to take the club forward.
Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham
After some good dealings in the transfer window, Middlesbrough kicked off their championship campaign with a winning start as they comfortably beat Birmingham two goals to nil. Former Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala’s goal helped earn Middlesbrough an early lead before Garcia Martinez added another later on in the second half.
Millwall 2-0 Leeds
Leeds began their new Championship campaign with a loss under new manager Dave Hockaday as Mark Beevers finished off a good bit of build up play with a calm finish and Shaun Williams scoring from the spot shortly before full time to give Millwall a 2-0 win on their opening game of the season.
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Blackpool
Nottingham Forest have made some impressive signings this summer with the likes of Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio joining just recently and Forest gave their new manager Stuart Pearce and opening game win as they brushed over struggler’s Blackpool who couldn’t even name a full bench having fallen into financial trouble. Antonio marked his debut with a cool finish before Burke shortly added a second to finish of the scoring.
Watford 3-0 Bolton
Troy Deeney opened the scoring for Watford after seventeen minutes, continuing his impressive form from last season. Vydra made it 2-0 when he evaded Tim Ream’s challenge and belted the ball home from close range. Then Forestieri got clear of the defenders to complete the scoring in less than a minute of being on the pitch.
Wigan 2-2 Reading
Reading came into this game with a concerning record away to Wigan after last seasons display which saw them thrashed three goals the nil. However Nigel Adkins side came out strong and had several chances, however McManaman netted home a loose ball from close range at the half hour mark to give the Latics an early lead. However the Royals didn’t give up easily as Shaun Cummings marked his 118th professional appearance with his first ever senior goal, which was belted in just outside the box. Reading then went on to score another when a free kick was floated in by Danny Guthrie headed across goal by Pearce and finished off clinically by Morrison. Reading comeback was in vain, however, as McArthur scored a late winner well into stoppage time against the run of play after a hopeful ball was floated into the box.
Ipswich 2-1 Fulham
Fulham faced a tough return to the Championship after they were relegated from the Premier League last season and were faced with the harsh reality of the Championship and what a difficult league it is. Murphy bagged the first goal for Ipswich when he fired the ball past the inexperienced Fulham keeper from 18 yards out. McGoldrick made it 2 later on in the second half when he volleyed home and excellent finish into the back of the Fulham goal. Hoogland scored a later goal towards the final whistle but all it was, was a consolation goal as the visitors started their new campaign with an opening day defeat.