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Depleted Birmingham endure miserable start to Championship season

Favourites Leicester may have won their opening day encounter against Coventry, but it wasn’t a happy baptism for either Chris Hughton or Steve McClaren.

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BIRMINGHAM BEGAN LIFE back in English football’s second tier with a morale sapping 2-1 defeat at Derby, as the Championship season kicked off in England.

Curtis Davies had given Chris Hughton’s side – who have lost the majority of their best players since relegation – the lead on 19 minutes but Jason Shackell and Steve Davies made it a miserable opener for the former Newcastle manager.

Ipswich made light of Connor Wickham’s sale to Sunderland by beating Bristol City 3-0 at Portman Road, Michael Chopra scoring either side of a Lee Martin strike, while promotion favourites Leicester began their season with a 1-0 win at Coventry. Lee Peltier was the scorer.

Millwall had seemed set to easily beat Reading but Mathieu Manset scored twice in the last five minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw for the beaten play-off finalists.

Steve McClaren’s Nottingham Forest were held to a scoreless draw by Barnsley, while his old club Middlesbrough had to settle for 2-2 draw at home to Portsmouth.

All the results from Saturday’s Championship action:

  • Brighton 2-1 Doncaster
  • Bristol City 0-3 Ipswich
  • Burnley 2-2 Watford
  • Coventry 0-1 Leicester
  • Derby 2-1 Birmingham
  • Middlesbrough 2-2 Portsmouth
  • Nott’m Forest 0-0 Barnsley
  • Peterborough 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • Reading 2-2 Millwall

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