The first weekend of the Championship yet again delivered in terms of thrills, spills and all round entertainment. Cardiff kicked off the Championship season on Friday night, against newly promoted Huddersfield Town; setting the standard for a great weekend of Championship football.
It would be foolish to read too much into the opening game of the season. The opening weekend is always set to throw up a ‘shock’ result as relegation fodder often make promotion favourites look like a dog’s dinner.
Cardiff left it late to secure a victory on Friday night against Huddersfield Town, as Mark Hudson christened their new red look attire with a close range finish. Cardiff ran out 1-0 winners in a closely contested game.
Leeds United kicked off their campaign in front of the Sky cameras with a 1-0 victory over a mundane and lethargic Wolverhampton Wanderers. Luciano Becchio’s close range header was enough to tame Wolves, capping off a determined performance from a new look Leeds United.
Only three fixtures saw a team win by two clear goals. Blackpool claimed a 2-0 victory over Millwall at the New Den, with Tom Ince scoring twice, making him the man to watch after the opening set of fixtures. Leicester are hotly tipped to do well this season, and started with a 2-0 win over Peterborough United. Burnley met Bolton in a Lancashire derby, that saw Burnley run out 2-0 winners against a side that boasted Martin Petrov and Kevin Davies.
Elsewhere, they were wins for Watford, Barnsley, Hull and Nottingham Forest. Whilst Derby and Sheffield Wednesday shared the spoils after a 2-2 draw at Pride Park. A goal late in the day from Nikola Vigic ensured Birmingham would gain a point rather than lose two against newly promoted Charlton Athletic. Ipswich and Blackburn shared the points at Portman Road, as a late own goal from Ryan Lowe cancelled out Colin Kazim-Richards’ first half goal.
Cardiff 1 Huddersfield Town 0
Leeds United 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
Barnsley 1 Middlesbrough 0
Birmingham 1 Charlton Athletic 1
Burnley 2 Bolton Wanderers 0
Crystal Palace 2 Watford 3
Derby 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Hull 1 Brighton 0
Ispwich 1 Blackburn 1
Leicester 2 Peterborough 0
Millwall 0 Blackpool 2
Nottingham Forest 1 Bristol City 0