Derby and Forest win openers

Derby did just enough to justify their position as Sky Bet Championship favourites with a narrow 1-0 win over Rotherham, while David Hockaday's Leeds were beaten 2-0 at Millwall.

Last Updated: 09/08/14 at 19:23 Post Comment

Jeff Hendrick: Hit Derby's winner in victory over Rotherham

Jeff Hendrick: Hit Derby's winner in victory over Rotherham

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Visitors Rotherham put up a stubborn resistance for much of the match but Jeff Hendrick finally broke the deadlock after 82 minutes as the Rams showed they are ready to push for a place in the Premier League again after last-season's play-off final loss to QPR at Wembley.

Stuart Pearce hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons after a midweek spat with Nottingham Forest's owner over the sale of Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles to Newcastle, before both players were loaned back to the club.

However, there was no hangover from that episode at the City Ground as new signings Michail Antonio and Chris Burke gave Forest a 2-0 win against a beleaguered Blackpool outfit still recovering from a summer exodus.

Middlesbrough began their sixth straight season in the Championship in fine style as big-money summer signing Kike scored on his debut in a 2-0 defeat of Birmingham, with Daniel Ayala also netting.

Wigan are again fancied to make the play-offs but had to rely on a James McArthur strike three minutes into stoppage time to secure a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Reading.

Callum McManaman was on target as Latics got off to a bright start, but Shaun Cummings and Sean Morrison replied for the Royals in quick succession on 71 and 77 minutes before the thrilling 2-2 finish.

Troy Deeney showed why a number of Premier League clubs are keen to capture his signature when hitting the back of the net as Watford beat Bolton 3-0, with Matej Vydra and Fernando Forestieri also getting on the scoresheet for the Hornets at Vicarage Road.

Marc Pugh scored the division's first goal of the day when putting Bournemouth ahead at Huddersfield inside the opening minute and the Cherries went on to record an emphatic 4-0 victory as Callum Wilson added a brace and Yann Kermorgant also struck.

Brighton had Andrew Crofts sent off when going down 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday, with Giles Coke securing all three points for the Owls.

Igor Vetokele put Charlton ahead at Brentford but Tommy Smith equalised late on for the hosts in a 1-1 stalemate, while Mark Beevers and Shaun Williams netted in a 2-0 triumph for Millwall over Leeds, the second goal coming from the penalty spot.

In Saturday's late Championship game, goals from Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick earned Ipswich Town a 2-1 win over Fulham at Portman Road. Tim Hoogland pulled one back for Fulham in the 86th minute but it was not enough for Felix Magath's side.

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ow.. ten paragraphs on West Ham in winners sections.. wow.. Its really Christmas time!!!.. Forever blowing bubbles..

metal
Premier League Winners And Losers

A

couple of wins and everything is OK! Sorry you still haven't got a striker who can consistently goals. Keep searching. I don't think Liverpool will make top four not even Europa League this time around.

larrylawrence
Rodgers still targets top four

I

f he can find the right player? Surely the manager of one of Europe's top clubs has a well-researched short-list and has a good idea of who he wants to bring on-board? If I can find the right player sounds like someone going out on Saturday night on the pull, and the nearer you get to midnight the lower your standards drop.

CamberleyGooner
Wenger to buy centre-half

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea go three points clear of Man City with 2-0 victory at Stoke

Chelsea will be top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day after beating Stoke 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium.

Italian Super Cup: Napoli beat Juventus 6-5 in penalty shootout after 2-2 draw in Doha

Napoli goalkeeper Rafael was the hero as his side claimed a 6-5 victory on penalties over Juventus in the Italian Super Cup.

Sky Bet Championship: Sami Hyypia quits Brighton after six months in charge

Sami Hyypia has left Brighton after the club accepted his resignation as manager.

Mail Box

Becoming A Proper Fan Again In 2014

Man United fans can thank David Moyes for making them appreciate their club again. We also have mails on Liverpool, Newcastle, another Christmas XI and more...

Wenger Has Made Arsenal Mentally Weak

We have plenty of reaction to yesterday's result, with Mailers sick of Wenger, Mertesacker and Skrtel in particular. Plus why it's not yet time for 'Austin for England'...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property