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Championship round-up: Coke wonder strike gets Sheffield Wednesday off to winning start

first_img1 A wonder strike from Giles Coke was all Sheffield Wednesday needed to seal a 1-0 win at Brighton in their opening game of the new Championship season.The hosts were on top throughout the opening half, but Coke beat David Stockdale with a brilliant curling long-range effort just before the break to give the Owls the lead.Things got worse for Brighton when Andrew Crofts was sent off shortly after the restart, which left Wednesday to see out an excellent win.Bournemouth got their season off to a flyer as Callum Wilson netted a brace on his full club debut to help secure a 4-0 win at Huddersfield.Cherries forward Marc Pugh opened the scoring inside a minute with a neat close-range finish, with Wilson doubling their lead before the break.Yann Kermorgant then made it three after only four minutes of play in the second-half before Wilson grabbed his second on the hour-mark to seal an emphatic away triumph.Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest got their campaign off to a brilliant start as Tricky Trees legend Stuart Pearce’s first league game in charge ended in a 2-0 win over Blackpool.The Tangerines’ off-season fire sale meant boss Jose Riga could only name four substitutes of his allowed seven, having lost 27 players this summer.The Lancashire outfit had just eight full-time professionals under contract a fortnight ago and while they did sign 12 players in 12 days, their lack of depth was evident as two goals in five first-half minutes from Michail Antonio and Chris Burke handed Forest all three points.Hot title favourites Derby County left it late to beat promoted side Rotherham, Jeff Hendrick’s 82nd minute goal sealing a narrow 1-0 victory at the iPro Stadium.There was also a welcome return for Watford hero Matej Vydra, as the on loan striker netted in a 3-0 win over Bolton.The Czech frontman netted 24 goals for the Hornets two seasons ago and wasted no time in opening his account this time around having agreed another season stay from Italian outfit Udinese.Star man Troy Deeney got the opener with a neat chip before Vydra rifled in after 23 minutes, and Fernando Forestieri made it three in the second-half to condemn the below-par Trotters to defeat.Elsewhere, newly promoted side Brentford had Tommy Smith to thank as he salvaged a point for the Bees in their first second tier appearance since 1993, securing a hard-earned home draw against Charlton.Addicks’ summer signing Igor Vetokele put the visitors in front with a headed goal in the 64th minute, but striker Smith popped up with five minutes remaining to fire in the equaliser and send the home fans happy.James McArthur’s stoppage-time goal earned Wigan a share the points with Reading, following a thrilling 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium.Young winger Callum McManaman put the hosts in front in the first-half but the Royals replied with two swift goals from Shaun Cummings and Sean Morrison to take the lead, before McArthur’s header concluded a frantic finish.Meanwhile, goals from former Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala and Spanish striker Enrique Garcia gave Middlesbrough a 2-0 win over Birmingham, while Mark Beevers and Shaun Williams scored in a 2-0 win for Millwall as manager Dave Hockaday got off to a losing start in charge of Leeds.And in the day’s late kick off, relegated Premier League side Fulham were given a harsh welcome to the second tier, as Ipswich sealed a 2-1 win at Portman Road.Tractor Boys forward Daryl Murphy scored one and assisted David McGoldrick’s later strike to give the hosts a comfortable lead, and while Tim Hoogland did pull one back for the Cottagers, it was too little too late for Felix Magath’s new-look team. Sheffield Wednesday’s Giles Coke last_img

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