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Matchday One: Five things you may have missed

13 September 2020

The Sky Bet EFL kicked-off this weekend, with action returning in the Championship, League One and League Two

We round up five things you may have missed from the weekend’s action. 
1. A dream EFL debut for Harrogate Town 
Quite simply, the story of the weekend. 
Having sealed their promotion to the EFL for the first time in their history, Harrogate Town couldn't have dreamed of a better start to life in the Football League.
Simon Weaver's side looked the part from the get-go, cruising to a 4-0 victory against a Southend United side that were playing their football in League One last season.
Jack Muldoon took the plaudits with a composed double, while Lloyd Kelly and Aaron Martin were also on target. 
Just the small matter of a Carabao Cup tie against Premier League side West Brom to come in midweek...
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2. Successful return to the Championship
For any team to suffer the disappointment of relegation, the importance of bouncing back with an opening day three points the following season could set the tone from the start.
For AFC Bournemouth and Norwich City, they did exactly that.
In what was possibly the most entertaining contest in the EFL on Matchday One, Jason Tindall's side were pegged back twice against Blackburn Rovers, before Arnaut Danjuma struck a winner six minutes from time.
In West Yorkshire, Norwich travelled to Huddersfield Town, where a single goal would hand the Canaries all three points. Similarly to Bournemouth it came late, with Adam Idah finishing calmly after a Teemu Pukki pullback.
3. Sheffield Wednesday impress

Despite troubles off the pitch, Garry Monk's Sheffield Wednesday impressed on it on their travels against Cardiff City.

Josh Windass gave his side the perfect start after just four minutes, while Jordan Rhodes struck from close-range moments before half-time to double their advantage.

Cardiff, last season's Play-Off Semi-Finalists, pushed forward in search of a goal back, but the side from Yorkshire battled well to earn their first three points of the season.

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4. The Tigers start roaring
A disappointing Championship campaign last time out for Hull City was forgotten on Saturday, as Grant McCann's side started the season with a hard-earned three points.
Hull faced a Gillingham side that were unbeaten in their previous five opening day fixtures, but looked assured from the first whistle.
Keane Lewis-Potter was on target for the second time in four days inside three minutes to give his side the lead, before Josh Magennis confirmed the victory in the 82nd minute.
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5. AFC Barrow return to the EFL
Returning to the EFL for the first time in 48 years, AFC Barrow had to settle for a point on the opening day against Stevenage.
In what was the first-ever Football League meeting between the two sides, Dior Angus' 12th minute penalty had given David Dunn's side the perfect start, but they were made to pay for a series of missed chances.
A second penalty of the contest, this time for the away side, was dispatched by substitute Inih Effiong to ensure a share of the spoils at Holker Street

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