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EFL Championship Round-Up: Gameweek 1

The EFL Championship is back! This weekend marked the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign. Here is a round-up of the opening weekend’s action. Here’s to 46 games of the Highs, Lows, Jubilation and Despair!

Friday Night’s Action

Sunderland were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Derby County on Friday night. Just eleven minutes in, Derby took the lead, Bradley Johnson firing home. Then three minutes before half-time, Lewis Grabban converted his penalty to earn the Black Cats a point. Check out our Match Report from the Stadium of Light.

At the City ground, Nottingham Forest began their campaign with 1-0 victory over newly promoted Millwall. A wonderful strike by Barrie McKay gave Forest all three points. Despite the Lions dominating spells of the game, they were unable to find a way through.

Saturday’s Action

3PM Kick Off’s

Bristol City opened their campaign with a 3-1 home victory over Barnsley. A Bobby Reid double and debut goal from Famara Diedhiou, were enough to see of the Tykes. Late on Ryan Hedges scored a constellation goal for the Reds.

Queens Park Rangers also opened their campaign with 2-0 home win over 10-men Reading. Conor Washington opened his account for the season in the first-half. The Northern Irish international then doubled his and Ranger’s tally from the spot on the hour-mark. Tiago Ilori was sent off for the Royals, capping off a torrid afternoon for Jaap Stam’s side.

A late Kenneth Zohore goal gave Cardiff City a 1-0 over Burton Albion. Elsewhere Ipswich Town were 1-0 winners at home to Birmingham City. Summer signing Joe Garner scored on his debut for the Tractor boys, to give the East-Anglian side an opening day win.

At Deepdale Preston North End ensured a successful opening fixture, the Lilywhites ran out 1-0 winners over Sheffield Wednesday. Daniel Johnson scored from the winner from the penalty spot, 11 minutes from full-time. Billy Sharp marked a delightful return to the second-tier for Sheffield United, as the Blades beat Brentford 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Middlesbrough started off life back in the Championship on the wrong foot, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leo Bonatini scored the winning goal on his debut for the Midlands side.

In the Capital Fulham shared the spoils with visitors Norwich City, in a 1-1 draw. A Russell Martin own goal gave Fulham the lead. Then with two minutes of normal time to play, Nelson Oliveira came off the bench to earn the Canaries a point.

Saturday late games

Aston Villa and Hull City shared the spoils at Villa Park, in a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s teatime kick-off. Seven minutes in Gabriel Agbonlahor scored for Villa. However Jarrod Bowen equalized for the Tigers, ultimately sharing a point between both sides on the opening weekend.

Sunday’s Action

Leeds United traveled to the Macron Stadium to play Bolton Wanderers. It was Leeds who claimed all three points, with a 3-2 victory over the Trotters. Seven minutes in and Kalvin Philips opened the scoring, then on the half and hour mark Chris Wood made it 2-0. Gary Madine pulled one back for Bolton to make it 2-1. But just moments later Philips scored his second, to restore Leeds two-goal lead. Adam Le Fondre scored from the spot with 20 minutes to play.

About Aaron Patel

Resident Championship Writer at FootballFaithful.com. Spends his entire life watching Football and shamelessly playing countless hours of Football Manager. Aaron also spends his time playing the beautiful game on Sunday mornings. While not being blessed with any technical ability on the pitch, he *hopefully* makes up for it with his writing. Follow him on Twitter @AaronPatel97.

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