Brighton go top of Champ, while Wood strikes spares Leeds

Date published: Tuesday 16th August 2016 10:11

Anthony Knockaert: Opened Brighton scoring

Brighton went top of a fledgling Sky Bet Championship table on goal difference thanks to a convincing 3-0 win over Rotherham at the Amex Stadium.

Albion, who agonisingly missed out on promotion last season after finishing level on points with automatically-promoted Middlesbrough, have started this campaign with two wins and a draw.

Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray struck in a four-minute spell midway through the first half and Tomer Hemed added a third from the spot just before the hour to see off the Millers.

Norwich, like Brighton a team tipped to go up, sit second after a 1-0 home win over Bristol City at Carrow Road.

Jonny Howson found the top-left corner from the centre of the box in the 38th minute. The Canaries were unlucky not to add to that goal.

Huddersfield are third thanks to a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Ross McCormack started to repay his £12million summer fee with his first Villa goal, heading home from close range in the 25th minute.

Town substitute Michael Hefele equalised in unusual fashion in the 86th minute, charging down goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini’s attempted clearance from outside the box with the ball flying into the net.

The 10th minute at Villa Park saw a minute’s applause for former Villains striker Dalian Atkinson, who died on Monday aged 48 and wore the number 10 shirt when playing for Villa.

Fulham are fourth after being held 1-1 at Leeds, who struck late on to avoid a third straight defeat.

The Londoners went ahead through Tom Cairney’s fine curling effort that found the bottom-left corner in the 77th minute. However Chris Wood levelled in the 90th minute to ease pressure on manager Garry Monk.

Burton, promoted last season, stunned expected promotion contenders Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at the Pirelli Stadium.

Kyle McFadzean gave Albion a seventh-minute lead but Gary Hooper equalised from the spot five minutes later.

On the stroke of half-time Jackson Irvine restored the hosts’ advantage with a header into the bottom left-hand corner, before Lloyd Dyer made sure of three points 13 minutes from the end.

Derby picked up their first league win of the season, with Craig Forsyth’s late header seeing off Preston at Deepdale.

Brentford beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 thanks to Scott Hogan’s first-half finish from close range. To compound matters for Forest, Damien Perquis was sent off late on.

Newly-promoted Wigan rescued a late point against Birmingham at the DW Stadium.

Adam Bogdan saved Clayton Donaldson’s 44th-minute penalty but David Davis was quick to tuck in the rebound – however, Craig Davies finished from very close range to deny the Blues in the 90th minute.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s 24th-minute penalty miss proved costly to Wolves, who were held to a goalless draw by Ipswich at Molineux.

Bartosz Bialkowski impressively saved a right-footed effort that was heading for the bottom-left corner.

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