Poor statistic for Preston at Millwall, Neil Warnock bemoans Wigan referee as Queens Park Rangers score unbelievable goal at Stoke - Championship winners and losers
Championship football returned to our screens this weekend - and boy was it back with a bang!
By Jordan Cronin
Monday, 5th August 2019, 12:21 pm
Preston North End manager Alex Neil
Here, we round-up the winners and losers from another entertaining and action-packed weekend in the second tier. Scroll down and click through the pages to see who shone and struggled in Championship this weekend...
Phillips had luck on his side during West Broms opening day win at Nottingham Forest. Instead of finding the head of his teammate, the wingers cross dipped over Aro Muric. Brutal, given it proved to the winner in a 2-1 victory.
Welcome back to the Championship, joked Warnock himself. While he didnt entirely blame the referee for the defeat, he was left unhappy by him. Oh, how we have missed his entertaining post-match press conferences.
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If you havent seen Eberechi Ezes winner against Stoke City, then look it up now. A combination of nine successive passes set Eze away, who produced a fine solo run to finish from the edge of the box.
Credit should probably go to Barnsley for an impeccable display, however given Fulham were among the pre-season favourites to be promoted, a defeat on the opening day of the season isnt what new boss Scott Parker had hoped for.
Dont let the Sluga moment distract you from a game that provided two goal of the season contenders. Bradley almost took the net off with his shot while Wing made it look easy with a precise effort. Well worth a watch.
A moment to forget for the Luton Town goalkeeper. With his side looking good value to lead Middlesbrough 2-1 at the break, an abrupt shot from Britt Assombaloga slipped under the hands of the Croatian.
Bruces move to NUFC two weeks before the start of the season could have easily sent the Owls into disarray. However, Bullen has held it all together and the 3-1 win at Reading surely increases his chances of a permament role.
While Westwood didnt cost his side, a red card cant be ignored - even though it was debatable. There is now a chance for Cameron Dawson to stake his claim in between the sticks.
We had been tempted to put down Bamford as his goal went a long way to silencing his critics. However, you cant ignore another masterclass from the Whites Spanish magician with a superb opening goal and assist.
Despite Millwall being forced to hand debuts to both goalkeeper Frankie Fielding and Bartosz Bialkowski, Alex Neils side could only manage one shot on target in a 1-0 loss at the Den. Nothing like a quiet debut for a shot-stopper...