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Watford continued their great start to the season with the demolition of new-boys Bournemouth.

Troy Deeney grabbed his first career hat-trick as Watford won 6-1 to take themselves to the top of the table. The Hornets took the lead but were pegged back by Lewis Grabban before half-time. 

The second-half was dominated by a strong Watford side who scored five goals to give the game a resounding score line. 

Blackpool have also started the season strongly and got their second win with a late goal against Barnsley. The Seasiders failed to impress, against a Barnsley side who were thrashed at home to Wigan on the opening day, but a long throw in the final minute of stoppage time caused chaos in the box and Barnsley defender Scott Wiseman headed past his own keeper to undo his teams hard work. The tykes remain rock bottom as Blackpool remain second.

The only other team with a flawless record is Nottingham Forest, they worked hard to earn a win at Ewood Park. The result was down to a late goal from Darius Henderson smashed home after a mistake from the Blackburn goalkeeper. Blackburn remain without a win after an opening day draw while Nottingham Forest moved into third.

Brighton's awful start to the season continued as they were beaten at home to Derby. The seagulls took the lead but a brace from Derby striker Chris Martin turned the game around to give Derby a first win. Brighton manager Oscar Garcia will be hoping he can get some points 

Sheffield Wednesday were beaten at home to Burnley as they looked for their first points of the season. Despite the departure of Charlie Austin Burnley seemed clinical in front of goal as Danny Ings and Sam Vokes put them 2-0 up at half time. The clarets held on for the win despite David Prutton's headed goal 20 minutes from time.

Title favourites QPR could only manage a draw against Huddersfield despite dominating the game. It was Huddersfield who took the lead when James Vaughan put them in-front, but the lead lasted just three minutes as Junior Hoilett levelled. From then on QPR were in control but could not take three points as Huddersfield defended well.

Reading and Bolton are also strongly fancied for promotion and played out a 1-1 draw at the Reebok Arena. Darren Pratley put the hosts in front 15 minutes in to the contest but a Blackman penalty ensured a point for the Royals on 51 minutes. Reading could of won the game late on but Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan pulled off some good saves.

Ipswich were beaten by Reading on the opening day but bounced back by beating Millwall 3-0. Second Half goals from Shane Lowry, Tommy Smith and Paul Anderson gave Mick McCarthy's side a comfortable win. Millwall lie second from bottom in the league after a second successive defeat.

Middlesbrough earned their first points of the season with a win over pointless Charlton. Tony Mowbray's team dominated the game and Lukas Jutkiewicz secured a win with a 72nd minute header.

Birmingham recovered from an opening day defeat to Watford with an away win against Yeovil. The game could of gone either way but an unfortunate own goal just after half-time gave Birmingham a win. A headed clearance hit the side of Danny Seaborne's head and looped into his own net, Yeovil failed to find an equaliser as the harsh reality of Championship football sunk in for the Somerset side. 

The only Sunday fixture ended goalless between Leicester and Leeds. The game promised a lot after opening day wins for both sides but turned out to be an uninspiring game with little in the way of opportunities. 

 

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