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Sammie Szmodics’ first goal helped send Blackburn topped the formative league standings with a 3-0 win at Swansea.

Szmodics made an early impact on their first outing after a switch from Peterborough, with Ben Brereton Díaz and Lewis Travis also on target. Rovers are the only side to claim two wins from two matches in the Championship’s embryonic campaign, topping the table ahead of the promoted Sunderland.

The Black Cats earned their first victory on their return to second place by overtaking the line 3-2 at City of Bristol. Everton striker on loan Ellis Simms netted a first brace for the visitors either side of strikes from Robins duo Andreas Weimann and Chris Martin. And Ross Stewart then scored the winner with 18 minutes remaining.

Norwich had to wait for their first win of the season again on their return to the Championship as they drew 1-1 at home to the promoted Wigan. James McClean pounced on Ben Gibson’s mistake to give Wigan the lead, with the Canaries struggling again after the opening weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Cardiff. Max Aarons pulled off a smart finish just after the hour mark, but Norwich will already be feeling the jitters after a frustrating start to the campaign.

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Bristol Routes scored four first-half goals in their 4-0 win at Burton Albion, which had Conor Shaughnessy sent off after just 40 seconds. The centre-back was dismissed for a foul on Aaron Collins, with Antony Evans scoring from a free-kick. Evans then set up James Connolly to score before Collins added a quick brace before half-time.

After two games, the Brewers are down, behind MK donations who lost 1-0 at home against Sheffield Wednesday. Josh Windass’ first half was enough to earn the Owls their first win of the season. Charlton also won by the odd goal, with Corey Blackett-Taylor striking on the hour mark to punish Derby for missed opportunities in the valley.

Peterborough sit at the top of the pile after picking up a 3-0 home win for Morecambewith Joe Ward striking from wide in the ninth minute, before goals from Ben Thompson and Hector Kyprianou on their full debut. Exeter sit second after fighting Port Vale 4-0, with Jevani Brown’s brace adding to Harry Kite’s superb opener.

Bolt gave a display of their promotion credentials with an impressive 3-0 win over Wycombewith Kyle Dempsey on target in each half for the hosts. Ipswich are also unbeaten after winning 2-1 at green forestwith the goal of Sam Morsy on the stroke of halftime enough. Accrington also have four points on the board after Tommy Leigh’s 10-man 77th-minute winner Shrewsbury.

Barnsley picked up their first win of the season as Luke Thomas scored the only goal against Cheltenham at Oakwell. Plymouth couldn’t follow their opening day win over the Tykes, losing 2-1 to Fleetwood after Joe Garner’s goal in the 88th minute. There was a winner yet later for Oxford as Tyler Goodrham struck in stoppage time to sink Cambridgewhile lincolntrip to Portsmouth finished aimlessly.

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Josh Brownhill’s goal saved Vincent Kompany’s Burnley a point in a 1-1 draw at home with Lutonwho quickly took the lead thanks to Dan Potts.

United Kingdom of Sheffield took sixth place by winning 2-0 at home for Millwall. Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge scored for the Blades before half-time and they took the win despite Oliver Norwood’s missed penalty.

Chris Willock celebrates after his spectacular effort for QPR. Photograph: Rhianna Chadwick/PA

QPR withstood a second-half response from Middlesbrough to win 3-2 in west London, with Chris Willock – courtesy of a spectacular solo strike – Jimmy Dunne and Lyndon Dykes all scored before the break. Matt Crooks and Marcus Forss cut the deficit for Boro, who had Darragh Lenihan sent off in stoppage time as their comeback failed.

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Stevenage have six out of six points but left it very late to overcome Stockport, minutes from a first Football League win since 2011. Callum Camps opened the scoring for the visitors before Ash Palmer conceded a late penalty and picked up a second yellow card. Luke Norris equalized from the spot, before Jamie Reid struck from close range in the 95th minute to complete the turnover.

Four other teams have won two out of two, including the leaders Wallsall who bordered Newport 1-0 in manager Mike Flynn’s return to Rodney Parade. Mickey Demetriou’s own goal proved enough for the Saddlers despite Taylor Allen’s late red card. Crewe picked up a 3-0 home win against Harrogate after firing two quick goals before the break.

Wheelbarrow picked up their second victory with a thrilling victory at home against Bradford, who looked to have earned a point when Andy Cook made it 2-2 in added time, only for Josh Gordon to grab the winner. Tom James’ well-deserved finish Leyton East victory at Crawleywhich are sitting at the bottom of the stack.

Tranmere are also without a point after Riley Harbottle’s header on the hour mark Mansfield victory at Field Mill. Rochedale lost at Gillingham thanks to Scott Kashket’s first winner on his home debut while being promoted Grimsby picked up his first point as Jordan Maguire-Drew equalized late at home for Northampton.

Doncaster produced a remarkable late comeback to deny sutton, with George Miller and Kieran Agard scoring in stoppage time to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory. Somewhere else, Colchester and Carlisle draw 1-1 while Hartlepool v Wimbledon and Swindon v Salford finished aimlessly.

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Tom Ince added to Shane Long’s penalty as While reading to saw Cardiff 2-1 after Callum O’Dowda’s early effort put the traveling Bluebirds ahead.

Elsewhere, Harry Clarke and Jacob Brown sealed Feed2-0 win Blackpool while Preston draw 0-0 at home shell.


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