Newly promoted Hull City sit top of the Sky Bet Championship as the 2021-22 season got underway with 34 goals scored on a packed opening weekend.
Having conceded an eighth minute opener to Preston’s Emil Riis Jakobsen, Keane Lewis-Potter and Richard Smallwood produced one goal and assist apiece as Hull fought back to clinch a dominant 4-1 comeback win, which put Grant McCann’s Tigers top and leave the Lilywhites sat rock-bottom.
Fred Onyedinma ran riot with assists for Elijah Adebayo and Harry Cornick before scoring himself as Luton romped past Peterborough in a 3-0 victory, as the Posh returned to the second tier after an eight year absence with a disappointing loss which put them second bottom.
Summer signing, Sam Surridge proved the hero on debut at Bet365 Stadium with a late winner to wrap up a 3-2 victory for Stoke, after the Potters twice blew one-goal leads in a dramatic five goal thriller against Reading to go third in the standings.
Goals from Sam Gallagher and Ben Brereton guided Blackburn to fourth in a 2-1 win over Swansea, despite Jamie Paterson netting a consolatory goal for the Swans who were playing their first fixture under Russell Martin following his appointment just days before the new season.
Late goals from Viktor Gyokeres and Kyle McFadzean saw Coventry come from behind to stun Nottingham Forest and go fifth, having fallen behind to Lyle Taylor’s 36th minute opener as the Robins returned home to the Ricoh Arena after two seasons playing at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s Stadium.
Maxime Colin headed in a 19th minute winner from Jeremie Bela’s cross as Birmingham City defeated Sheffield United at Bramall Lane to go sixth, leaving the Blades sat third-last upon their return to the Championship after two seasons in England’s top flight.
West Brom returned to the Championship with a dramatic comeback 2-2 draw at Bournemouth in the season opener in Friday Night Football, with Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson cancelling out goals from Emiliano Marcondes and Phillip Billing.
Elsewhere, Fulham marked their return to the Championship with a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough after suffering relegation from the Premier League in May, as Boro’s Marc Bola cancelled out Harry Wilson’s opening goal for the hosts.
Last season’s losing play-off semi-finalists – Barnsley, began this season with a 1-1 draw at Cardiff after Toby Sibbick’s clinical strike cancelled out Marlon Pack’s opening header at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Blackpool ended a six season absence from the second tier with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Bristol City as the hosts’ opener from Chris Martin was cancelled out by Shane Lavery in the third minute of injury time.
Rob Dickie’s powerful 31st minute strike across goal snatched QPR a point in a feisty cross-London derby against Millwall, who had taken the lead 20 minutes earlier after Jed Wallace blasted in from 18 yards.
Finally, Naby Sarr’s header cancelled out Curtis Davies’ scrappy effort as Huddersfield came from behind for a 1-1 draw, despite manager – Carlos Corberan and four players – Lee Nicholls, Harry Toffolo, Josh Ruffels and Lewis O’Brien missing the match due to positive Coronavirus tests.