New Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola saw his side mount a stunning comeback away to Crystal Palace as they fought back late on to win 3-2, while Portsmouth and Fleetwood gained a point
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Bolton's first day in the Championship ended in disappointment as they were beaten 2-0 by Burnley at Turf Moor.
Martin Paterson struck after 37 minutes and Charlie Austin doubled the Clarets lead just before the hour mark to give Owen Coyle’s men a derby defeat a day after Cardiff City kicked off the Championship season with a 1-0 win over newcomers Huddersfield Town.
New Watford boss Gianfranco Zola saw his side mount a stunning comeback away to Crystal Palace as they fought back late on to win 3-2.
Leeds United won the early kick-off 1-0 at home to Wolves and there were also wins for Hull City, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Blackpool on an eventful opening weekend.
Newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday were held to a 2-2 draw with Derby County while Ipswich Town left it late to equalise against Blackburn.
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Crisis club Portsmouth managed a 1-1 draw with rivals Bournemouth on the opening day in League One.
Pompey went ahead when Izale McLeod's 30-yard shot squeezed through the gloves of Shwan Jalal midway through the first half, only for the Cherries to equalise 12 minutes from time through Southampton loanee Lee Barnard.
Crawley Town cruised to a convincing 3-0 win against Scunthorpe whilst there were also opening day victories for MK Dons, Notts County, Tranmere Rovers and Doncaster Rovers who thumped Walsall 3-0.
Sheffield United overcame Shrewsbury Town at home with a narrow 1-0 win at whilst last season's League Two winners, Swindon Town, were held to a 0-0 draw away to Hartlepool.
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Rotherham settled in at their new ground with a confident 3-0 win over Burton Albion on the opening day of League Two.
Daniel Nardiello opened the scoring at the New York Stadium with a penalty five minutes in and Kayode Odejayi’s header made it 2-0 at the break, with a deflected cross from Ben Pringle on 75 minutes completed a miserable day for the visitors, who had Ben Lee sent off with two quick bookable offences.
There were also wins for Cheltenham at home to Dagenham and Redbridge, with Gillingham, Port Vale, Morecambe and Aldershot Town all registering three points on a frantic day football’s third tier.
Meanwhile, Micky Mellon's Fleetwood Town picked up their first point in the Football League with a 0-0 draw at home to Torquay United.