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.
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.
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.