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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds22136336181845
2Norwich CityNorwich22135440261444
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom22116546311539
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2211473526937
5Derby CountyDerby2111463124737
6Middlesbrough229942416836
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest21810332221034
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11Stoke CityStoke2271052927231
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn2271052933-431
13Queens Park RangersQPR229492732-531
14Bristol City228682726130
15Preston North EndPreston227783537-228
16Wigan AthleticWigan2274112330-725
17Hull City2266102330-724
18Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton WanderersBolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich TownIpswich2228121837-1914

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