Summer signing Danny Graham helped new Watford boss Malky Mackey make a bright start in the Scot's first game in permanent charge at Vicarage Road against Doncaster, although they were held to a 1-1 draw.
The Hornets were this week ordered to pay Carlisle £200,000 for Graham's services by a tribunal but he started to pay a chunk of that off with the opener, tucking home Tommy Smith's cross from six yards.
However, James Hayter's looping header seven minutes before half-time secured a share of the points.
Krisztian Timar's fifth-minute marker gave Plymouth the lead but Alan Lee equalised for Crystal Palace in the 63rd minute.
Leicester got their return to the Championship off to a great start as they came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Walkers Stadium.
Ashley Williams' header gave Swansea a half-time lead over last season's League One champions. The hosts should have equalised shortly before the hour mark but Steve Howard saw his penalty saved by Dorus de Vries.
However, De Vries could do nothing in the 69th minute as Martyn Waghorn's shot was deflected past him and seconds later Danny N'Guessen scored the winner.
A dramatic finish at Deepdale saw Preston draw 2-2 with Bristol City. Paul Hartley's penalty broke the deadlock shortly after the break after Nicky Maynard was brought down by Youl Mawene. And David Clarkson scored on his debut to double their lead in the 58th minute.
A cracking volley from Jon Parkin eight minutes from time set up a tense finale and Callum Davidson's stoppage-time penalty saw them snatched a share of the spoils
Reading were held to a goaless draw at the Madejski Stadium by Nottingham Forest who had Luke Chambers sent off two minutes from time for an off-the-ball incident.
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