Championship: Blackburn see off Swans and Simms shines for Sunderland | Championship


Sammie Szmodics’ debut strike helped send Blackburn top of the formative Championship standings with a 3-0 win at Swansea.

Szmodics made a quick impact on his maiden outing after a switch from Peterborough, with Ben Brereton Díaz and Lewis Travis also on target. Rovers are the only side to boast two wins from two matches in the embryonic Championship campaign, topping the table ahead of promoted Sunderland.

The Black Cats claimed their first win on their second-tier return by edging over the line 3-2 at Bristol City. On-loan Everton striker Ellis Simms grabbed a debut double for the visitors either side of strikes from Robins duo Andreas Weimann and Chris Martin. And Ross Stewart then netted the winner with 18 minutes left.

Norwich were made to wait again for their first win of the season on their Championship return as they drew 1-1 at home to promoted Wigan. James McClean pounced on Ben Gibson’s mistake to hand Wigan the lead, with the Canaries struggling again after the 1-0 opening-weekend loss at Cardiff. Max Aarons scrambled a draw with a smart finish just past the hour mark but Norwich will already be feeling the jitters after a frustrating start to the campaign.

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Bristol Rovers hit four first half-goals in their 4-0 win at Burton Albion, who had Conor Shaughnessy sent off after just 40 seconds. The centre-back was dismissed for a foul on Aaron Collins, with Antony Evans scoring from the free kick. Evans then set up James Connolly to score before Collins added a quickfire double before half-time.

After two games the Brewers are bottom, behind MK Dons who lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Josh Windass’ first-half was enough to earn the Owls their first win of the season. Charlton also won by the odd goal, with Corey Blackett-Taylor striking on the hour to punish Derby for missed chances at the Valley.

Peterborough sit top of the pile after easing to a 3-0 win at home to Morecambe, with Joe Ward striking from distance in the ninth minute, before goals from Ben Thompson and Hector Kyprianou on their full debuts. Exeter sit second after thrashing Port Vale 4-0, with Jevani Brown’s double adding to Harry Kite’s superb opener.

Bolton gave a demonstration of their promotion credentials with an impressive 3-0 win over Wycombe, with Kyle Dempsey on target in each half for the hosts. Ipswich are also unbeaten after winning 2-1 at Forest Green, with Sam Morsy’s goal on the stroke of half-time enough. Accrington also have four points on the board after Tommy Leigh’s 77th-minute winner at 10-man Shrewsbury.

Barnsley earned their first win of the season as Luke Thomas got the only goal against Cheltenham at Oakwell. Plymouth could not follow up their opening-day win over the Tykes, losing 2-1 at Fleetwood after Joe Garner’s 88th-minute strike. There was an even later winner for Oxford as Tyler Goodrham struck in stoppage time to sink Cambridge, while Lincoln‘s trip to Portsmouth ended goalless.

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Josh Brownhill’s goal rescued Vincent Kompany’s Burnley a point in a 1-1 home draw with Luton, who raced into an early lead through Dan Potts.

Sheffield United stepped up to sixth place by winning 2-0 at home to Millwall. Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge struck for the Blades before half-time and they eased to victory despite Oliver Norwood’s penalty miss.

Chris Willock celebrates after his spectacular effort for QPR.
Chris Willock celebrates after his spectacular effort for QPR. Photograph: Rhianna Chadwick/PA

QPR held off a second-half fightback from Middlesbrough to win 3-2 in west London, with Chris Willock – courtesy of a spectacular solo strike – Jimmy Dunne and Lyndon Dykes all scoring before the break. Matt Crooks and Marcus Forss cut the deficit for Boro, who had Darragh Lenihan sent off in stoppage time as their comeback fell short.

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Stevenage have six points from six but left it very late to overcome Stockport, who were minutes away from a first Football League win since 2011. Callum Camps had opened the scoring for the visitors before Ash Palmer conceded a late penalty and picked up a second yellow card. Luke Norris levelled from the spot, before Jamie Reid struck from close range in the 95th minute to complete the turnaround.

Four other teams have picked up two wins from two, including leaders Walsall who edged Newport 1-0 on manager Mike Flynn’s return to Rodney Parade. Mickey Demetriou’s own goal proved enough for the Saddlers despite Taylor Allen’s late red card. Crewe earned a 3-0 home win over Harrogate after firing two quickfire goals before the break.

Barrow earned their second win with a thrilling home victory over Bradford, who looked to have earned a point when Andy Cook made it 2-2 deep into injury time, only for Josh Gordon to grab the winner. Tom James’ fine finish earned Leyton Orient victory at Crawley, who sit bottom of the pile.

Tranmere are also without a point after Riley Harbottle’s header on the hour mark earned Mansfield victory at Field Mill. Rochdale lost at Gillingham thanks to Scott Kashket’s early winner on his home debut, while promoted Grimsby picked up their first point as Jordan Maguire-Drew struck a late equaliser at home to Northampton.

Doncaster produced a remarkable late comeback to deny Sutton, with George Miller and Kieran Agard scoring in stoppage time to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory. Elsewhere, Colchester and Carlisle drew 1-1 while Hartlepool v Wimbledon and Swindon v Salford finished goalless.

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Tom Ince added to Shane Long’s penalty as Reading saw off Cardiff 2-1 after Callum O’Dowda’s early effort gave the travelling Bluebirds the lead.

Elsewhere, Harry Clarke and Jacob Brown sealed Stoke’s 2-0 win over Blackpool while Preston drew 0-0 at home to Hull.



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