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Lions' fine start continues

Lions' fine start continues (©PAphotos)
Lions' fine start continues (©PAphotos).

Newly-promoted Millwall retained their position at the summit of the npower Championship by thumping Hull 4-0.

Steve Morison, a reported target for Hull boss Nigel Pearson, opened his account early in the first half and Kevin Lisbie doubled the lead before the break.

Seven minutes into the second half Morison capitalised on some more poor defending and Liam Trotter added the fourth as the Tigers' travel sickness showed no sign of clearing up.

Neil Warnock returned to haunt former charges Sheffield United by leading his QPR side to a thoroughly-deserved 3-0 victory at Bramall Lane. Hogan Ephraim and Jamie Mackie put the Rs 2-0 up before Adel Taarabt sealed the win with a penalty.

Swansea romped to a 4-0 victory over a poor Preston side thanks to three first-half goals from Stephen Dobbie, Darren Pratley and Nathan Dyer in manager Brendan Rodgers' first home Championship game in charge. It got no better for North End in the second half as David Cotterill added a fourth from the penalty spot.

Chris Burke struck late on as Cardiff recorded their first league win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Derby. Michael Chopra and Tomasz Cywka had traded goals before Burke turned the ball home from close range with 12 minutes remaining after Peter Whittingham's cross caused confusion in the Derby defence.

Clarke Carlisle's stoppage-time goal secured 10-man Burnley a 1-1 draw with Ipswich while Jimmy Kebe struck four minutes from time for Reading to give them the same result at Portsmouth.

Leicester and Middlesbrough secured their first Championship points of the season with an entertaining goalless draw at the Walkers Stadium and Grant Holt nodded home a dramatic header at the death to get Norwich's Championship campaign up and running with a 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe.

Billy Sharp converted a last-minute penalty to complete a 1-1 draw for Doncaster against Bristol City who had taken the lead through Damion Stewart while Patrick McCarthy's own goal handed Barnsley their first points of the season as they held on for a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Oakwell.

Late goals from David Bell and Lukas Jutkiewicz saw Coventry battle back to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw at Watford. The Sky Blues fell behind when Will Buckley headed home on the stroke of half-time, with John Eustace adding a second just before the hour mark.

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