Date: 7th August 2016 at 2:34pm
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Brighton’s Championship season got underway with a draw against Derby at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

The two beaten play-off semi-finalists last season met on the opening day with Brighton coming away from Derby with a point after a nil-nil draw as Nigel Pearson made his competitive return to management with the Rams.

Brighton had David Stockdale to thank for saving from Tom Ince with Glenn Murray missing Albion’s best chance to win the match on his second debut. Win it is what Derby almost did late on through former England international, and Brighton loanee, Darren Bent.

He couldn’t take an injury-time opportunity to give Derby all three-points with a draw the outcome, which was the outcome on each league meeting last season.

Here’s a round up of the Championship action from the other matches played, with some still to take place.

Results

Fri 5 Aug 2016 – Championship
Fulham 1-0 Newcastle 19:45

Sat 6 Aug 2016 – Championship
Birmingham 0-0 Cardiff 15:00
Blackburn 1-4 Norwich 15:00
Bristol City 2-1 Wigan 15:00
Derby 0-0 Brighton 15:00
Huddersfield 2-1 Brentford 15:00
Ipswich 4-2 Barnsley 15:00
Nottm Forest 4-3 Burton 15:00
Reading 1-0 Preston 15:00
Rotherham 2-2 Wolves 15:00

To be played

Sun 7 Aug 2016 – Championship
QPR v Leeds 12:00
Sheff Wed v Aston Villa 16:30

The 2017-16 season is now underway….

Friday was the beginning with the overwhelming favourites for the Championship title Newcastle suffering a surprise one-nil defeat at Fulham, which wouldn’t have been in the script for many at Craven Cottage?

Well Fulham fans aside!

Norwich, like Newcastle, dropped out of the Premier League last season but they collected an emphatic win at Blackburn (four-one) to get off to a flying start at Ewood Park.

Those coming into the Championship from League 1 were all beaten!

Wigan (two-one) were beaten at the newly refurbished Ashton Gate by Lee Johnson’s Bristol City with Barnsley beaten four-two at Ipswich with the Tractor Boys getting off to the winning start at Portman Road. A seven-goal thriller saw Nottingham Forest’s off to a winning start (four-three) under Philippe Montanier against former Forest favourite Nigel Clough’s Burton.

Beaten play-off semi-finals last season Derby and Brighton (nil-nil) shared the points in a goalless draw at the iPro Stadium with Wolves (two-two), who some will now be expecting to seriously challenge following the newly found investment at Molineux, played out a draw with Rotherham.

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