Bournemouth, Norwich win on Championship return
September 12, 2020 11:34 PM
Bournemouth began life back in the Championship with a dramatic 3-2 win over Blackburn in new manager Jason Tindall's first match in charge on Saturday.
Arnaut Danjuma finally killed off battling Rovers six minutes from time with a superb strike at the Vitality Stadium.
Blackburn had twice hit back to equalise after strikes from Jack Stacey and Jefferson Lerma with efforts from Bradley Johnson and Adam Armstrong.
Armstrong thought he had given the visitors a late lead but it was ruled out for offside and the Cherries, back in the second tier after five years in the Premier League, grabbed the points late on through Danjuma.
Adam Idah also struck a late winner as fellow relegated side Norwich claimed a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield.
Idah tucked home nine minutes from time at the John Smith's Stadium after Teemu Pukki pounced on a poor backpass by Richard Stearman.
Aitor Karanka celebrated a 1-0 win over Brentford in his league bow as Birmingham manager at St Andrew's.
Jeremie Bela headed the only goal eight minutes before the interval as the Bees, who hit the post through Josh Dasilva, suffered a hangover from defeat in last season's playoff final.
Veljko Paunovic also enjoyed his first match as Reading boss as they won 2-0 at Derby.
The goals came in the latter stages of the first half. Lucas Joao claimed the first before turning provider, with a clever backheel, for Ovie Ejaria to score on his first appearance since making his loan from Liverpool permanent.
Sheffield Wednesday will have to cope with a 12-point deduction this season but made a bright start to the campaign with a 2-0 win at Cardiff.
Both goals came in the first half with Josh Windass opening the scoring on four minutes and Jordan Rhodes doubling just before the interval.
Bristol City scored the quickest goal of the day but it took an 82nd-minute winner from Tomas Kalas to secure a 2-1 home win over promoted Coventry.
The Robins made a bright start as Jamie Paterson struck inside the first minute but Matt Godden levelled on 33 minutes. A tight game was settled when Kalas headed the winner from a Paterson corner.
There was late drama in the clash of the other two promoted sides at Adams Park.
Michael Ihiekwe headed a stoppage-time winner as Rotherham snatched victory over Wycombe, who were playing the first match in their history at this level.
Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs-White made an immediate impact on his Swansea league debut with the only goal in a 1-0 win at Preston. QPR saw off Nottingham 2-0 after a Lyndon Dykes penalty and last-minute Ilias Chair effort.
James Collins followed up last week's hat-trick in the League Cup with a fine late strike to give Luton a 1-0 win at Barnsley, while Millwall and Stoke played out a goalless draw.