Nottingham Forest continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 3-0 win over 10-man Bolton Wanderers at the City Ground. Jamie Mackie got the ball rolling with his first goal for Forest after just two minutes before Andy Reid put the home side 2-0 up just after the break with Radoslaw Majewski setting up both goals.
Bolton’s Mohamed Kamara was only shown a yellow card for a two-footed lunge but Darren Partley was shown a second yellow and a red for a late challenge on Chris Cohen. Henri Lansbury completed the rout with a diving header from Mackie’s cross.
Forest last won all their three opening fixtures in the Championship in 1997 where they went on to win the league can they do it again?
Two sides tipped from promotion met at the Madejski Stadium and the 20,000 crowd witnessed a goal-fest at Watford came back from 3-1 down to steal a point against Reading. Adam Le Fondre put Reading 1-0 up with just 8 minutes gone and then midfielder Jem Karacan scrambled the ball into the net from a set-piece. Watford’s Marco Faraoni pulled one back on 66 minutes but Karacan scored his second just four minutes later from Le Fondre’s knock down.
Diego Fabbrini, on as a sub, won a penalty after being tripped by Danny Guthrie allowing Troy Deeney to fire home his 5th goal in three games and then Fabbrini stole in from close range to rescue a point for Watford in the 89th minute.
QPR snatched a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town at Loftus Road as debutant Tony Hitchcock, son of the QPR coach Kevin, pounced from close range after Scott Loach had parried Charlie Austin’s shot.
Burnley also continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town at Turf Moor. It took until 74 minutes before the first goal as Keith Tracey’s cross-come-shot was misjudged by Sam Johnstone who was making his debut for Town on loan from Manchester United. Sam Vokes wrapped up the victory five minutes later when he deflected Scott Arfield’s shot into the net.
Wigan Athletic lost 1-0 away at Bournemouth in a highly charged game at Dean Court. James Perch’s backpass was intercepted by Lewis Grabban who calmly dispatched past Scott Carson. Carson saved a Brett Pitman penalty after Pitman had been bundled over by Jean Beausejour but Wigan sub Callum McManaman was harshly shown a straight red card for a foul on Pittman just minutes after coming on to the pitch.
Barnsley let a two-goal lead slip at Oakwell as Charlton came back to rescue a point. Charlton had won 6-0 at the venue last season but Barnsley looked to banish that nightmare going 2-0 up through two goals from Chris O’Grady. Charlton substitute Jordan Cousins gave the away side a lifeline on 66 minutes before Simon Church latched on to Yann Kermorgant’s pass to fire the visitors level.
Sheffield Wednesday got their first point on the board with a 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road. One of Wednesday’s summer signings Kamil Zayatte put the Owls in front on 37 minutes with a looping header but Leeds’s Ross McCormack scored a superb individual goal to put the sides level.
Oscar Garcia claimed his first win as Brighton manager with Andy Crofts scoring the only goal of the game as they beat Birmingham City 1-0 at St Andrews. Andrew Shinnie and Lee Novak both hit the woodwork of the home side but Crofts found the net with an angled strike giving Brighton their first win for Garcia.
Leicester City took all three points in the East Midlands derby at Pride Park thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant. Jamie Vardy’s header was cleared off the line by Paul Coutts but the ball hit the back of Grant and when into the net.
Millwall are propping up the Championship table as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Huddersfield Town. James Vaughan scored the only goal of the game with a thumping header from Adam Hammill’s corner.
An injury-time goal from Marvin Emnes rescued a point for Middlesbrough as they drew with Blackpool 1-1 at the Riverside. Blackpool took the lead with just seven minutes remaining as Chris Basham pounced onto a rebound from Barry Ferguson’s free-kick.