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Sky Bet EFL: Opening weekend round-up

6 August 2016

Norwich City confidently began life back in the EFL with a 4-1 victory at Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship on Matchday 1.

Jacob Murphy opened the scoring with his first strike for the club before goals from Wes Hoolahan, Cameron Jerome and Steven Naismith.

It was a day to remember for Grant Ward, who scored a second-half hat-trick to guide Ipswich Town to a 4-2 win over newly-promoted Barnsley.

Burton Albion, also new boys in the division, fell to a thrilling 4-3 defeat at Nottingham in their first ever Sky Bet Championship game, while last season’s League One champions Wigan Athletic lost 2-1 at Bristol City.

That was the scoreline by which Huddersfield Town beat Brentford, and Wolves fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Rotherham United.

Reading edged Preston North End 1-0 after the emotional unveiling of the Eamonn Dolan Stand, and there were goalless draws at Birmingham City and Derby County.

On Friday, meanwhile, Fulham beat Newcastle United in the opening match of the season live on Sky Sports thanks to a Matt Smith header.

Read more: Sky Bet Championship - Fulham edge Newcastle United on opening night

Sunday saw two home victories, also screened live on Sky Sports, with QPR starting things off with a 3-0 lunchtime win over Leeds United. In the second fixture of the day, a late Fernando Forestieri goal gave Sheffield Wednesday - last season's Play-Off runners-up - a 1-0 win over division newcomers Aston Villa.

Sky Bet Championship - Matchday 1 results:

Friday 5th August 2016

Fulham 1-0 Newcastle United

Saturday 6th August 2016

Birmingham City 0-0 Cardiff City
Blackburn Rovers 1-4 Norwich City
Bristol City 2-1 Wigan Athletic
Derby County 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Huddersfield Town 2-1 Brentford
Ipswich Town 4-2 Barnsley
Nottingham Forest 4-3 Burton Albion
Reading 1-0 Preston North End
Rotherham United 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sunday 7th August 2016

Queens Park Rangers 3-0 Leeds United
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Aston Villa

Standings: Click here to see the Sky Bet Championship table

Millwall were the stand-out winners on Matchday 1 in Sky Bet League One as they thumped Oldham Athletic 3-0.

Lee Gregory, Aiden O’Brien and Byron Webster were all on target as Neil Harris’ men secured their seventh straight home victory.

There were also home wins for Bolton Wanderers, Bury, Scunthorpe United, Swindon Town and Walsall as 2016/17 started with a bang.

Gillingham came from behind at Roots Hall to beat Southend United 3-1 and Peterborough United twice turned their game around to see off Rochdale 3-2.

Promoted duo Northampton Town and Oxford United both drew 1-1, against Fleetwood Town and Chesterfield respectively, while MK Dons made a winning start back in League One by triumphing 1-0 at Shrewsbury Town.

Elsewhere, there were no goals between Bradford City and Port Vale.

Sky Bet League One - Matchday 1 results:

Saturday 6th August 2016

Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Sheffield United
Bradford City 0-0 Port Vale
Bury 2-0 Charlton Athletic
Millwall 3-0 Oldham Athletic
Northampton Town 1-1 Fleetwood Town
Oxford United 1-1 Chesterfield
Rochdale 2-3 Peterborough United
Scunthorpe United 3-1 Bristol Rovers
Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons
Southend United 1-3 Gillingham
Swindon Town 1-0 Coventry City
Walsall 3-1 AFC Wimbledon

Standings: Click here to see the Sky Bet League One table

Grimsby Town earned the Result of the Day honours in the EFL after making a winning start on their return by beating Morecambe 2-0.

RESULT OF THE DAY: A number of impressive results, but @officialgtfc take it for their winning return!

— EFL (@EFL) August 6, 2016

Kayden Jackson and Ben Davies were the Mariners’ goalscorers, giving them their first EFL victory since 1st May 2010.

Barnet were Grimsby’s opponents back then, and the Bees opened 2016/17 with a draw at Cambridge United in what was a goal-filled afternoon in the division.

There were also draws for the division’s other new boys, Cheltenham Town - they shared the spoils with Leyton Orient - while Portsmouth and Carlisle United also drew, as well as Hartlepool United and Colchester United, all with a 1-1 scoreline.

Elsewhere, Mansfield Town left it late to grab all three points over Newport County as Kevan Hurst struck a last-gasp winner for a 3-2 success - the same scoreline by which Accrington Stanley beat Doncaster Rovers.

Luton Town also hit the net three times, but without reply, against Plymouth Argyle, and Yeovil Town saw off Notts County 2-0.

That was the scoreline at Bloomfield Road, too, where Blackpool beat Exeter City, while Crawley Town toppled Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 and Crewe Alexandra overcame Stevenage 2-1 on the road.

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 1 results:

Accrington Stanley 3-2 Doncaster Rovers
Blackpool 2-0 Exeter City
Cambridge United 1-1 Barnet
Cheltenham Town 1-1 Leyton Orient
Crawley Town 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Grimsby Town 2-0 Morecambe
Hartlepool United 1-1 Colchester United
Newport County 2-3 Mansfield Town
Plymouth Argyle 0-3 Luton Town
Portsmouth 1-1 Carlisle United
Stevenage 1-2 Crewe Alexandra
Yeovil Town 2-0 Notts County

Standings: Click here to see the Sky Bet League Two table

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