Reading seized top spot on an eventful second weekend of 2020-21 Sky Bet Championship season, whilst Middlesbrough and Norwich were allowed fans in as part of a fan pilot scheme.
Second half strikes from Yakou Meite and Michael Olise secured a second consecutive two goal victory for Reading who claimed the solo Championship lead on goal difference, whilst Barnsley not only conceded two goals but had Michal Helik and Mads Andersen sent off in between Meite’s opener for the Royals.
Bristol City climbed to second on goal difference after late goals from Nakhi Wells and Andreas Weimann late into first and second half respectively secured a tight win over Stoke City, who had dumped Premier League’s Wolves out of Carabao Cup in midweek.
Headers from Luke Berry and Jordan Clark gifted Luton victory over Derby despite Jack Marriott’s 52nd minute leveller, as the Hatters sit third but just a goal difference of two separates the top three on six points apiece.
Bournemouth sit fourth after being held to a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough despite leading through Dominic Solanke’s 38th minute flick-in goal from a corner, until Marcus Browne headed in from Paddy McNair’s deep right flank cross to rescue the hosts a point in front of 1000 fans.
Boro however were without manager, Neil Warnock who was self-isolating after testing positive for Coronavirus in midweek following their Carabao Cup loss to Barnsley.
Przemyslaw Placheta rescued a point for fifth-placed Norwich as the Canaries twice battled from behind to snatch a point in a tough 2-2 home draw against Preston North End, whilst ending a 19 match run in all competitions without Teemu Pukki on the scoresheet.
Birmingham City round out the top six despite being held to a goalless draw at Swansea in a game which saw tempers flare on stroke of half-time with Swansea Assistant-Coach, Alan Tate seemingly grabbing Jon Toral by the throat during the resulting melee.
Down in the relegation zone, Nottingham Forest are still yet to score their first points of this season after losing at home to Cardiff City as Kieffer Moore’s brace condemned Forest to a second consecutive two goal loss.
Wycombe Wanderers fell to second-bottom on goal difference after falling foul of a five goal thrashing at Blackburn Rovers as Adam Armstrong netted a hat-trick and Tyrhys Dolan scored his first senior goal in a dominant home win at Ewood Park.
Sheffield Wednesday continue to reduce their points deficit to – 8 points after holding Watford to a goalless draw at Hillsborough.
Elsewhere, Brentford begun league life in their new Brentford Community Stadium with a dominant three goal win over Huddersfield as late strikes from Marcus Forss and Bryan Mbeumo coupled with Josh Dasilva’s opener proved enough to defeat the Terriers who continue to wait for their first win in all competitions.
Kyle McFadzen’s late header secured Coventry City a dramatic 3-2 home win after coming from behind to lead 2-1, only for Yoann Barbet to level it at 2-2 in the 75th minute until McFadzen’s 84th minute header sealed a first Championship win for the Robins since March 2012.
Finally, Jed Wallace snatched a narrow victory for Millwall at Rotherham to send the Lions seventh after intercepting Michael Ihiekwe’s poor backpass.