Saturday 3rd August

FA Cup final hero Ben Watson was on the mark as Wigan Athletic got their bid for an immediate return to the Premier League off to an impressive start with a 4-0 mauling of 10-man Barnsley at Oakwell.

Watson, who was the Wembley match-winner against Manchester City in May, put Wigan 1-0 up with a fine first-half finish and three more goals after the break sealed a comprehensive victory for new manager Owen Coyle and his men.

Summer signing Grant Holt netted 10 minutes after the interval to make it 2-0 before Barnsley lost Dale Jennings to a 66th-minute sending off, and Wigan then added further goals in the last 10 minutes through Leon Barnett and Shaun Maloney.

The two other sides relegated from the top flight last season also enjoyed winning starts to life in the Sky Bet Championship, with Queens Park Rangers and Reading both claiming 2-1 home victories.

QPR, considered favourites for promotion, fell behind against Sheffield Wednesday when Atdhe Nuhiu netted in the 19th minute but Harry Redknapp's men bounced back to claim the spoils with two goals in three minutes just before half-time through Nedum Onuoha and Andrew Johnson

Reading also needed to come from behind to beat Ipswich at the Madejski Stadium, Adam Le Fondre (45) and Danny Guthrie (75) cancelling out a 16th-minute opener from former Royals midfielder Jay Tabb.

It was a memorable day for promoted Yeovil Town who, playing at this level for their first time in their history, claimed a 1-0 win at Millwall thanks to Edward Upson's late strike.

Bournemouth, who came up from League 1 alongside Yeovil, were also celebrating a win as a brace from Lewis Grabban earned them a 2-1 home triumph over Charlton Athletic.

Charlton had equalised through Yann Kermorgant's stunning scissor-kick but their hopes of getting anything out of the game suffered a blow when Bradley Pritchard was dismissed.

League 1 champions Doncaster Rovers could not complete the set for the division newcomers as they lost 3-1 at home to Blackpool.

Doncaster had looked to have salvaged a point when skipper Rob Jones (60) levelled up Steven Davies' 17th-minute opener for Blackpool, but two goals in the last two minutes from Gary MacKenzie and Tom Ince earned the visitors the spoils.

Last season's losing Championship Play-Off finalists Watford began the new campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory, Troy Deeney's 11-minute strike proving the difference against Birmingham City, while a 52nd-minute goal from Henri Lansbury earned Nottingham Forest a 1-0 home win over Huddersfield.

New signing Luke Murphy made an immediate impact for Leeds United as he netted a last-gasp winner to earn his side a 2-1 comeback victory over Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls went ahead early on through Jose Ulloa but Ross McCormack drew Leeds level before 23-year-old Murphy netted a 94th-minute clincher.

Leicester City also came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in an an entertaining game at the Riverside. Lukas Jutkiewicz put Boro ahead in the first half but Leicester struck back with two goals in seven minutes midway through the second half from Danny Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy

Meanwhile, Burnley and Bolton Wanderers shared a 1-1 draw in the day's early kick-off at Turf Moor, Darren Pratley's sweet first-half strike earning the visitors a point after Danny Ings' deflected effort off David Wheater had put the Clarets ahead.

Sunday 4th August

Substitute Leon Best rescued a late point for Blackburn Rovers and denied Derby County a winning start to the new Sky Bet Championship campaign following their 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Best, on as an early replacement for the injured Ruben Rochina, guided a close-range volley past Lee Grant with two minutes remaining to cancel out Johnny Russell's debut goal from the penalty spot late in the first half.

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