Championship round-up: Newcastle lose again but Aston Villa claim first win of the season

13 Aug

Newcastle 1-2 Huddersfield


A late Jack Payne winner for Huddersfield means Rafa Benitez must wait for his first Championship win as Newcastle boss. Nahki Wells scored on the brink of half time to hand the visitors the lead, but they were pegged back in the second half when Dwight Gayle converted the follow up to his saved penalty. However, disaster struck eight minutes from time when Payne sent the ball past Matz Sels to win the tie.

Aston Villa 3-0 Rotherham

Roberto Di Matteo secured his first win as Aston Villa boss as a Rudy Gestede double and Jack Grealish’s late goal brought victory against Rotherham at Villa Park. The towering striker converted a header midway through the first-half, before adding a second in injury time of the opening period. Jack Grealish rounded off the win with a third in the dying minutes to ensure the Villans recovered from their embarrassing defeat at Luton in midweek.

Barnsley 2-0 Derby

Nigel Pearson continues to search for his first league win as Derby boss having watched on as his team collapsed to a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley. Goalkeeper Scott Carson sent the ball into his own net in the first period, and Alfie Mawson doubled the lead straight after half-time as the Tykes picked up their first three points of the campaign.

Burton 1-2 Bristol City

Tammy Abraham scored five minutes into injury time as Bristol City caused heartbreak for Burton and picked up their second win from their opening two games. Nigel Clough’s men went behind to Tammy Abraham’s strike on brink of half-time, but fought back with just two minutes of regulation time to go with Tom Naylor equalising. A draw looked on the cards, but Chelsea loanee Abraham was there to grab his fourth goal of the season and claim all the points for the visitors.

Leeds 1-2 Birmingham

Garry Monk lost his second successive league game as Michael Morrison’s goal 10 minutes into the second half secured all three points for Birmingham City. The visitors went ahead in the first half, before summer signing Hadi Sacko equalised for the Whites after the half hour mark. However, Morrison popped up to put the visitors back in front, and the hosts failed to fight back and grab a much-needed second goal.

Brentford 2-0 Ipswich

John Egan’s second half double was enough to secure all three points for the Bees against a lacklustre Ipswich side. Two goals in an eight minute spell from the 23-year-old mean the hosts pick up their first win of the season.

Preston 1-2 Fulham

Fulham continued their impressive start to the season by claiming their second league win with a 2-1 victory at Deepdale. Sone Aluko headed the visitors in front after half an hour, before Preston had a goal disallowed for offside when Eoin Doyle had the ball in the net. Matt Smith doubled the lead in the second half, with his second goal of the campaign, and although Callum Robinson pulled one back for the hosts with a diving header, Simon Grayson’s men could not grab an equaliser as they start the season with two losses.

Wigan 3-0 Blackburn

Owen Coyle’s managerial career at Blackburn continues to be a disaster, with an opening day thrashing at the hands of Norwich followed up by a 3-0 loss at newly promoted Wigan. Will Grigg grabbed his first league goal of the season to hand the hosts the lead, before a Nick Powell free-kick and a Shane Duffy own goal ensured all three points remained at the DW Stadium.

Wolves 2-0 Reading

Walter Zenga’s first league win as Wolves boss came against Jaap Stam’s Reading, courtesy of a quick double-salvo around half-time. Matt Doherty’s goal moments before the break gave the hosts the lead, before Joe Mason converted from a corner just 90 seconds into the second period to extend the scoreline and put the result beyond all doubt.

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