Another round of tightly contested Championship matches did nothing to disprove what a competitive division it’s set to be this year.

Up next for Leeds is Crystal Palace who came back to draw with recently relegated Blackpool. Substitute Glenn Murray levelled less than ten minutes after coming on. Blackpool looked dangerous throughout, creating a number of good chances but Eagles keeper Julian Speroni made a string of impressive saves to keep Palace in the game.

Meanwhile, two 100% records were ended as both Derby County and Southampton lost their first games of the campaign. The Rams were beaten 2-1 at home by Burnley. Billy Paynter’s former strike partner Charlie Austin netted twice, the second coming just minutes after Derby had equalised. Southampton went down 3-2 away to big-spending Leicester City. Ex-Leeds man Dan Harding scored for Saints but striker Ricky Lambert put through his own net to give Leicester the win.

Elsewhere, Hull nicked an impressive win against Reading with an outstanding strike from Robert Brady and Brighton claimed all three points in a game against fellow Championship new boys Peterborough. Craig Mackail-Smith failed to score against his old club but Brighton’s two goals were both superb. The Seagulls are now top of the league.

Cardiff travelled to Portsmouth for a tasty tie but honours were shared with a 1-1 draw. Middlesbrough failed to beat Coventry at home but Marvin Emnes continues his rich vein of scoring, while Barnsley snatched a point away to Millwall. Doncaster picked up their first point of the season at home to Bristol City but remain planted firmly at the bottom of the table.

In Sunday’s games West Ham got back on track, despatching Nottingham Forest 4-1 at the City Ground, while, after a late flurry of goals, Watford equalised in stoppage time to draw 2-2 with Birmingham City.

Full results:

  • Brighton 2-0 Peterborough
  • Crystal Palace 1-1 Blackpool
  • Derby 1-2 Burnley
  • Doncaster 1-1 Bristol City
  • Hull 1-0 Reading
  • Ipswich 2-1 Leeds
  • Leicester 3-2 Southampton
  • Middlesbrough 1-1 Coventry
  • Millwall 0-0 Barnsley
  • Portsmouth 1-1 Cardiff
  • Nottingham Forest 1-4 West Ham
  • Watford 2-2 Birmingham
  • Chareose

    Other than Luck, good refereeing and squad depth I cant help thinking the team are missing something…… A Natural physical Goalscorer like Carlton Cole ? or a comanding defender who can take charge ??

    We have a great midfeild but the domination doesnt seem to be leading to goals when you consider the quality of the chances we get…….. Where is Somma when you need him ?? 442 is crying out for him

  • Whiter than Daz

    we are still in need of a decent or two midfielder, two centre backs and two full backs as well as a decent out and out proven striker.
    Let Bruce and bromby go let paynter go keep o brien as cover.
    We will need cover in these positions even though Lees is doing a great job as is howson and clayton we need competition for all these places if promotionn is the ambitition of this club.
    I feel Master bates and his puppet Larry are happy in this league as nearly men because it would mean finances are easier to control with lower wages and none or little transfer fees.
    On our day we are good but acouple of injuries or suspensions and we are goosed.