Sammie Szmodics’ debut strike helped send Blackburn top of the formative Championship standings with a 3-0 win at Swansea.
Szmodics made a quick impact on his maiden outing after a switch from Peterborough, with Ben Brereton Díaz and Lewis Travis also on target. Rovers are the only side to boast two wins from two matches in the embryonic Championship campaign, topping the table ahead of promoted Sunderland.
The Black Cats claimed their first win on their second-tier return by edging over the line 3-2 at Bristol City. On-loan Everton striker Ellis Simms grabbed a debut double for the visitors either side of strikes from Robins duo Andreas Weimann and Chris Martin. And Ross Stewart then netted the winner with 18 minutes left.
Norwich were made to wait again for their first win of the season on their Championship return as they drew 1-1 at home to promoted Wigan. James McClean pounced on Ben Gibson’s mistake to hand Wigan the lead, with the Canaries struggling again after the 1-0 opening-weekend loss at Cardiff. Max Aarons scrambled a draw with a smart finish just past the hour mark but Norwich will already be feeling the jitters after a frustrating start to the campaign.
Josh Brownhill’s goal saved Vincent Kompany’s Burnley a point in a 1-1 home draw with Lutonwho raced into an early lead through Dan Potts.
Sheffield United stepped up to sixth place by winning 2-0 at home to Millwall. Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge struck for the Blades before half-time and they eased to victory despite Oliver Norwood’s penalty miss.
QPR held off a second-half fightback from Middlesbrough to win 3-2 in west London, with Chris Willock – courtesy of a spectacular solo strike – Jimmy Dunne and Lyndon Dykes all scoring before the break. Matt Crooks and Marcus Forss cut the deficit for Boro, who had Darragh Lenihan sent off in stoppage time as their comeback fell short.
The Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder felt his side’s defeat showed they should not be regarded as promotion contenders. “We’re still miles off,” he said. “People that comment on the Championship are putting us up there… But, as a group, I think we understand there’s still an awful lot of work that needs to be done for us to be talked about in the same breath as a Sheffield United, West Brom or a Norwich or Watford or Burnley that have been tipped to have a successful season.”
Tom Ince added to Shane Long’s penalty as Reading saw off Cardiff 2-1 after Callum O’Dowda’s early effort gave the traveling Bluebirds the lead.
Elsewhere, Harry Clarke and Jacob Brown sealed Stoke‘s 2-0 win over Blackpool while Preston drew 0-0 at home to Hull.