Sky Bet Championship round-up: Convincing victories for West Brom and Stoke City, whilst Preston and Forest slump continues without a point
The 21/22 EFL match ball pictured at the John Smith's Stadium ahead of Huddersfield Town vs Preston North End
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Football beneath the floodlights in the Sky Bet Championship is back, and it didn't disappoint. Last minute equalisers, high scoring encounters and own goals made for a dramatic third game week in the second tier, as teams scramble to get out of the traps as swiftly as possible. 

West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Sheffield United 

West Bromwich Albion continued their impressive start to life back in the Championship, with a comfortable victory over Slavisa Jokanovic's dejected Sheffield United side. 

The Blades have endured a dismal start to the campaign, registering just one point from nine. To make matters worse for Jokanovic's side, they're yet to score a single goal this season, despite the second-tier talent they have among their ranks.  

A series of long throws hampered the Blades defence, with former United man Callum Robinson bundling home only to be in an offside position, before Jack Robinson turned in an own goal for the opener. 

The Baggies continued their unrelenting pressure and three more goals followed from; Dara O'Shea, Alex Mowatt and Robinson as they put the Blades to the sword. 

Middlesbrough 2-3 Queens Park Rangers 

Both Middlesbrough and QPR are strong contenders for most this year, to have strong seasons in the Championship and when the two sides locked horns at the Riverside Stadium it didn't disappoint. 

Rangers ran out 3-2 victors in a dramatic and exciting five-goal thriller, on an evening that saw them climb to joint top of the Championship table in these early stages. 

New man Uche Ikpeazu's early penalty gave Boro the dream start, as they fired ahead after seven minutes and carried it out until the interval. 

It was bitter-sweet in the early exchanges of the second-half for QPR, as Jonny Howson turned into his own net for the equaliser, but just two minutes later Moses Odubajo was dismissed for a second bookable offence. 

Chris Willock was provider for Lyndon Dykes as he fired the Hoops in front, and Willock later turned the hero once more as he slotted home the winner, to cancel out Matt Crooks' equaliser for Boro, four minutes prior. 

Swansea City 1-3 Stoke City 

Since their relegation back down into the Championship in 2018, Stoke City have struggled to find any form of consistency as they've limped to lowly league finishes. 

The transfer business over the summer, coupled with their confident start to the new campaign has left Michael O'Neill's side on a high. 

The same can't be said for the Swans, who've gone in the opposing direction this summer. After the departure of Steve Cooper after back-to-back play-off finishes, players have also departed the Liberty Stadium leaving Swansea City in a worse position. 

Lacklustre defending allowed Nick Powell to head home the opener on 15 minutes, and former Swans man Sam Clucas was afforded too much space to slide home the Potters second. 

Leo Ostigard further compiled the hosts woes on the hour mark, which meant Joel Piroe's second goal in three games since arriving at Swansea was a mere consolation. 

Reading 2-3 Bristol City 

A brace from Andreas Weimann helped the Robins along to their first three points of the season. 

A delightful start from the visitors saw them two goals to the good inside 15 minutes, as Weimann headed home from close range, before Chris Martin doubled the advantage when he prodded in from inside the six-yard area after the Royals failed to deal with a set-piece. 

Youngster Femi Azeez halved the deficit moments later, in a chaotic opening 20 minutes. But, Weimann's second of the evening put Nigel Pearson's side well on their way to victory, with Liam Moore's late strike doing very little to salvage anything for the hosts, who've endured an underwhelming start to the campaign after last season's play-off fight. 

Peterborough United 2-2 Cardiff City 

After a dramatic conclusion to their opening game at London Road on Saturday afternoon against Derby County, Posh were hit with a late hammer blow that saw two points stolen away from them at the death. 

19-year-old Harrison Burrows scored his second in as many games to break the deadlock, and just moments later Siriki Dembele added further gloss to the scoreline to leave Mick McCarthy's side with it all to do. However, the Bluebirds obliged and fought until the whistle to salvage a point on their travels. 

Central defender Aden Flint has always been a terror in both boxes, and he rose the highest not once but twice to confidently head home two goals to sucker punch Darren Ferguson's side. 

Millwall 1-2 Fulham

Over recent years Fulham have become a force in the Championship, and upon their relegation back into the second-tier, they've started brightly once again.

18-year-old Fabio Carvalho has caught the eye with his magical start to the season, and he was on hand to double the Cottagers advantage after just eight minutes. This came five minutes after Fulham found an early opener through bullish striker Aleksander Mitrovic.  

Benik Afobe netted his first Millwall goal to reduce the deficit, but they couldn't battle back at The Den, as Fulham continued their impressive start - with seven points from nine. 

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Blackburn Rovers 

Blackburn Rovers continued their positive start to the season with a late 2-1 victory at the City Ground. It's a result that leaves Forest routed in the relegation zone, with only Preston North End keeping them off the bottom of goal difference.

It was yet another late goal that hampered the Reds, with Darragh Lenihan scrambling the ball home, to cancel out Philip Zinckernagel's delightful equaliser. 

Rovers were sharp on the night and showcased to Forest how much they're in need of reinforcements. 

Birmingham City 0-2 AFC Bournemouth 

Scott Parker's positive start to life as AFC Bournemouth manager continued following a professional display to win 2-0 away on the road at St Andrew's. 

After waves of Birmingham City attacking pressure, Bournemouth weathered the storm and punished the hosts through Dominic Solanke. 

An acute and satisfying finish from the frontman slotted the Cherries ahead and a routine corner split open the Blues again for Parker's men to punish them once more and ensure all three points travelled back to the South Coast. 

Hull City 0-1 Derby County 

Prior to the 2021/22 season kicking-off the Rams were huge favourites to be relegated, and despite their being a mammoth amount of the season ahead, Derby have enjoyed a comfortable start. 

Sam Baldock has been among a number of players of trial at the Rams this summer, and on his contractual debut, he prodded in from close range to seal all three points, following a great run from Lee Buchanan

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Preston North End 

Frankie McAvoy's start to life as Preston North End boss has been a frustrating one, and their early season woes were only added to as Huddersfield Town ran out victors on Tuesday evening at the John Smith's Stadium

Liverpool loanee defender Sepp Van Den Berg turned the ball into his own net 15 minutes from time, and the mishap served as the difference between the sides. 

The Lilywhites have been poor defensively in their first three outings, and are one of only two teams yet to register a Championship point this season. 

Blackpool 0-1 Coventry City 

A dominant performance from the Sky Blues saw them pick up their second win in three games to start the campaign.

Blackpool were very much in the game when reflecting on the scoreline, but on the basis of play Coventry City laid their stamp on the Seasiders and picked up all three points via Viktor Gyokeres. 

The Swedish international found the net in Coventry's league opener against Nottingham Forest and was the hero once again this week as Mark Robins' side left Bloomfield Road with three points and an assured, confident performance. 

Barnsley 0-1 Luton Town 

Last but not least, in the round-up of exciting game week three action. Luton continued their measured start to the campaign, with an early goal through Amari'i Bell being the difference between the sides at Oakwell

Veteran striker Cameron Jerome teed up the onrushing Bell who swept home the only goal of the game in Yorkshire. 

Barnsley have endured a mixed start to the 21/22 campaign, winning, drawing and losing one game each after a summer that saw them lose their CEO, manager and captain. 

Luton didn't look comfortable for the whole 90 and had spells on the back foot, but they're showing promising signs in the early stages of the season, that they can progress in the Championship. 

 

 

 

 

 

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