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Millwall celebrated their return to the npower Championship by subjecting David James to a torrid afternoon in a 3-0 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The England goalkeeper was beaten by Darren Ward and Danny Schofield either side of half-time before Paul Robinson put the Lions in dreamland on the hour mark, but there was a sour note to Millwall's day as Darren Carter was sent off for two bookable offences.

Chris Iwelumo marked his Burnley debut with the winning goal as the Clarets began life outside the Barclays Premier League with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

The Scotland international, a summer signing from Wolves, headed home on the stroke of half-time to ensure a winning start for Brian Laws' men.

Teenager John Bostock inspired Hull to a 2-0 victory over Swansea as the Tigers made a winning start to life back in the Championship.

Bostock, signed on the eve of the campaign on a loan from Tottenham, laid the foundations for victory by rattling home a stunning 30-yard strike to help Nigel Pearson mark his first game in charge with a win. Returning captain Ian Ashbee made the points safe in the 49th minute, punishing Dorus De Vries' error.

Two second-half goals inside a minute from Tamas Priskin and Tommy Smith helped Roy Keane's Ipswich to a superb 3-1 win away at Middlesbrough.

The hosts were handed an early lead by Scott McDonald but never managed to assert their authority as Keane's men fought back with their quickfire double before Jon Stead added a third late on.

Crystal Palace put a summer of financial uncertainly behind them to edge a thrilling opening-day contest against Leicester 3-2.

Last season's play-off semi-finalists were put to the sword in the first half at Selhurst Park thanks to goals from Wilfred Zaha, Darren Ambrose and Alan Lee. Leicester dominated the second period and goals from Andy King and DJ Campbell saw them fall just short.

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