The second fixture of the Championship was full emotions and goals and saw Brighton claim the top spot of the table, being (at the moment) the only team with two wins.
The Seagulls, after beating Nottingham in the opener, came out on top at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, thanks to a injury time penalty by Israeli striker Tomer Hemed; it seems unlikely to see Chris Hughton’s team battle for promotion at the end of the season, but in the meanwhile it’s taking the first steps in the race to avoid relegation.
Six teams chase at 4 points. Among these are Middlesbrough, who beat Bolton 3-0 at the Riverside with loanee Fabbrini shining: the Italian midfielder scored the first goal of the match with a screamer after seven minutes and then went on to set up Spanish forward Kike twice.
Brentford grabbed three points as well after going down twice at Bristol City: when leading 2-1, the home team were then reduced to 10 men and the Bees could ease their way to a 4-2 victory. Both Ipswich and Nottingham got home wins coming back from behind against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham, while Paul Gallagher’s strike at MK Dons gave Preston North End their first win after returning to the Championship.
On the other hand three promotion contenders keep struggling. Derby had to work hard to get a draw against on form Charlton: Chris Martin’s goal replied to Tony Watt’s, but Paul Clement’s team doesn’t seem to have geared up well yet. Also Burnley could only rescue a point after going down twice against a well-organised Birmingham side at Turf Moor: Keane and Taylor went on the score sheet for the Clarets, while Toral and Caddis (pen) did for the Blues. QPR were two goals up in the second half against Cardiff thanks to goals by Captain Clint Hill and Charlie Austin but couldn’t kill it off, allowing Russell Slade’s team to bounce back. After Sean Morrison’s strike, it an injury time stunner by full back Scott Malone to make it 2-2.
Wolves-Hull and Reading-Leeds complete the fixture on sunday, and then the Championship will be back on tuesday with Middlesbrough travelling to Derby and Ipswich hosting Burnley.