The team that will be grabbing all the headlines after the second round of Championship fixtures will be Gianfranco Zola's Watford, who recorded a huge 6-1 home win against a lacklustre Bournemouth.

The Cherries started the game well enough, and headed into the break level thanks to Lewis Grabban's tap-in after centre-back Gabriel Angella had put the hosts in front. The second half was a different story, though, with Angella netting his second of the game and third of the week from Almen Abdi's well-placed free-kick. Troy Deeney then got on the scoresheet with a deflected finish after some very neat build-up play, before Lewis McGugan made it four for the Hornets with a tidy finish after being played through by the impressive Abdi.

 But the Golden Boys weren't finished there, as Deeney scored twice more, once curling into the top corner from the edge of the box, and once more from the penalty spot as new signing Diego Fabbrini was tripped into the box. That rout means that Watford have recorded their first hat-trick since Michael Chopra in 2003, and move to the top of the fledgeling table.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Nottingham Forest edged Blackburn 1-0 at Ewood Park thanks to a last minute goal from veteran striker Darius Henderson. A long ball forward wasn't dealt with by Rovers goalie Jake Kean, and Henderson was on hand to stroke the ball into a keeper-less net. Another last-gasp winner came at Bloomfield Road for Blackpool against Barnsley. Unfortunate Tykes defender Scott Wiseman could only watch as his attempted clearance sliced into his own net off the crossbar, handing the Seasiders a second win of the new season.

Ipswich bounced back from opening day defeat to beat Millwall 3-0. Paul Anderson and Tommy Smith scored for the Tractor Boys (after Millwall defender Shane Lowry had given them the lead) to ensure that Steve Lomas remains winless in his first Championship season. 

On the South Coast Derby County came from behind to beat Brighton at the Amex, with a Chris Martin brace enough to cancel Leonardo Ulloa's opener. Recently relegated QPR and Reading were both held to 1-1 draws at Huddersfield and Bolton respectively. Junior Hoilett's goal was not enough to gain three points for QPR after James Vaughan opened the scoring, and Reading were fortunate to escape with a point following a questionable penalty, which cancelled out Darren Pratley's goal.

There was a 1-0 win for Birmingham City, ending Championship newcomers Yeovil's 100% record this season, and there was the same scoreline at the Valley, as Middlesbrough defeated Charlton thanks to Lukas Jutkiewicz's effort.

 

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