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Championship roundup: Brentford early pacesetters, West Bromwich Albion lose

Championship roundup: Bees early pacesetters
Brentford beat Rotherham 5-1 to climb to the top of the Championship table, while West Bromwich Albion suffer defeat to Bolton Wanderers on the opening day.

Brentford are the early pacesetters in the Championship thanks to an emphatic 5-1 victory at home to newly-promoted Rotherham United.

The Bees were two goals to the good at the interval through Neal Maupay and Sergi Canos efforts, while Ollie Watkins and Lewis Macleod registered after the restart, either side of Maupay's second.

Wigan Athletic fared better on their return to the second tier, as they dug deep to claim a 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium.

A couple of Michael Jacobs goals had given the Latics the lead at the break, and they went on to secure the win to join four other sides on maximum points.

Another of last season's promoted League One outfits in Bolton Wanderers were also victorious, with Yanic Wildschut scoring a late goal to seal a surprise 2-1 win away at West Bromwich Albion.

Possible promotion dark horses Preston North End were 1-0 winners at home to Queens Park Rangers, meanwhile - Alan Browne netting the only goal at Deepdale five minutes into the second half.

Elsewhere, Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in East Anglia, while Middlesbrough recovered from two goals down to snatch a draw by the same scoreline at Millwall.

The other matches to take place on the first Saturday of the season saw Nottingham Forest snatch a 1-1 draw at Bristol City and Norwich City play out a 2-2 draw away to Birmingham City.

Results in full: Birmingham 2-2 Norwich, Brentford 5-1 Rotherham, Bristol City 1-1 Forest, Ipswich 2-2 Blackburn, Millwall 2-2 Boro, Preston 1-0 QPR, West Brom 1-2 Bolton, Wigan 3-2 Sheff Weds

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor on September 23, 2015
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128132113825
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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