Championship roundup: Idah strike for Norwich has Farke 'feeling good'


Adam Idah struck late as Norwich started life back in the Championship with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield. Idah scored nine minutes from time after Teemu Pukki pounced on a poor back-pass by Richard Stearman.

It meant defeat for Carlos Corberán in his first league match as Huddersfield manager, but the goal left his opposite number, Daniel Farke, “feeling good again” after last season’s gruelling run to relegation.

“It’s just the first game out of 46,” he said, “so I’m not over-interpreting it. But if I could have painted the game I’d have painted it exactly like today – a tough away game, difficult conditions, highly motivated opponent with a new coach and lots of intensity … it was really difficult, so I really liked our mentality.”

Aitor Karanka celebrated a “hungry, commited” 1-0 win over Brentford in his first league game as Birmingham manager. Jeremie Bela headed the only goal at St Andrew’s eight minutes before the interval, while the Bees hit the post through Josh Dasilva. Thomas Frank denied his Brentford side were suffering a hangover from their play-off final defeat to Fulham five weeks ago. “In football you have to manage expectations and manage emotions,” he said, “but if you look at clear chances we were more or less on it. We also played really well in pre-season, so no, there’s no issue. These players are looking forwards.”

Veljko Paunovic enjoyed his first match as Reading manager as they won 2-0 at Derby. The goals came in the latter stages of the first half. Lucas João claimed the first before turning provider with a clever back‑heel for Ovie Ejaria to score on his first appearance since making his loan from Liverpool permanent.

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Sheffield Wednesday made a bright start to what could be a difficult season after their 12-point deduction with a 2-0 win at Cardiff. The goals came in the first half with Josh Windass opening the scoring on four minutes and Jordan Rhodes doubling just before the interval.

Bristol City scored the quickest goal of the day, but it took an 82nd-minute winner from Tomas Kalas to secure a 2-1 home win over promoted Coventry. The Robins made a stunning start as Jamie Paterson struck inside the first minute but Matt Godden levelled on 33 minutes. A tight game was settled when Kalas headed the winner from a Paterson corner.

There was also late drama in the meeting of the other two promoted sides at Adams Park. Michael Ihiekwe headed a stoppage-time winner as Rotherham snatched victory over Wycombe, who were playing their first match at this level.

The Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs‑White made an immediate impact on his Swansea league debut with the only goal at Preston, while QPR saw off Nottingham Forest 2-0 after a Lyndon Dykes penalty and a last-minute Ilias Chair effort.

James Collins followed up last week’s hat-trick in the Carabao Cup with a fine late strike to give Luton a 1-0 victory at Barnsley, while Millwall and Stoke played out a goalless draw.



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