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Championship roundup: Bristol City storm top on low-scoring opening day

Bristol City move to the top of the Championship table after the first Saturday of the season courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Barnsley on an otherwise low-scoring day.

Bristol City have climbed to the top of the Championship table courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Barnsley on the opening Saturday of the season.

All of City's goals came in the opening half-hour at Ashton Gate as they made a dream start to the season, with Bobby Reid netting a brace either side of a Famara Diedhiou strike before Barnsley scored a late consolation through Ryan Hedges.

Queens Park Rangers were the only other side to win by a two-goal margin as they overcame last season's playoff finalists Reading courtesy of a Conor Washington brace - the second goal of which came from the penalty spot after Tiago Ilori had been sent off for the visitors at Loftus Road.

There was late drama elsewhere in London as Nelson Oliveira rescued a point for Norwich City with an 88th-minute equaliser against Fulham, who had earlier taken the lead through Russell Martin's own goal at Craven Cottage.

There was no more than one goal in any of the other fixtures as the Championship season got off to a low-key start, but it was an unsuccessful return to the second tier for relegated Middlesbrough as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, courtesy of a Leo Bonatini goal on his debut.

Ipswich Town, Preston North End and newly-promoted Sheffield United also registered home wins by a solitary goal to nil, while Cardiff City were the only side to pick up an away victory as they beat Burton Albion through Kenneth Zohore's late winner.

Championship results in full:

Bristol City 3-1 Barnsley
Burton Albion 0-1 Cardiff
Fulham 1-1 Norwich
Ipswich 1-0 Birmingham City
Preston 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
QPR 2-0 Reading
Sheffield United 1-0 Brentford
Wolves 1-0 Middlesbrough


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166647301754
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom28148657352250
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183335-238
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2857161842-2422
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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