Football League as it happened

How the action unfolded as Watford move to the top of the Championship, with wins for Nottingham Forest and Blackpool.

10 August 2013 Last updated at 17:45

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  1. 1741: 

    What a fantastic day it has been for Billy Davies and Mick McCarthy. However, Gary Johnson might want to check he didn't run over a black cat on his way to work this morning considering the misfortune his side suffered on their home debut in the Championship.

    It's time for me to hit the road now, but I'll be back in the hot seat on Sunday to take you through all the action in the Community Shield. I might even throw in some Leicester v Leeds too. Fancy it? Of course you do. See you tomorrow then!

  2. 1737: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Blackburn 0-1 Nottingham Forest

    Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies: We knew we would have to be resilient but in the first half we controlled the ball better than them. It was tighter in the second half but it's a great three points and Darius Henderson deserves his goal. His performance was first-class. I thought all three of our substitutions made a difference. I was pleased with the clean sheet and three points away from home."

  3. 1735: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Blackburn 0-1 Nottingham Forest

    Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer: "The late goal was sickening, there was not much in the game but we can take some credit out of the game. Forest are promotion favourites and we are rebuilding, but we run them close. We showed some good battling qualities today."

  4. 1734: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Ipswich 3-0 Millwall

    Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "I'm delighted. It was important to win, we didn't want to be two games in and have no points. We needed to get off the mark and in the second half we deserved the victory."

  5. 1731: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Yeovil 0-1 Birmingham

    Yeovil manager Gary Johnson: "We feel a little robbed, some major decision didn't go our way. But we have to take our chances and we didn't do that today and they did with a messy goal. We don't want to be known as an unlucky team so we will keep working on our finishing. Marek Stech will be out for three or four months with his hand injury and we need to go and sign another keeper now."

  6. 1727: 

    On the opening weekend in the Conference Premier, the result of the day definitely goes to Forest Green, who trounced 10-man Hyde 8-0. Fellow promotion-hopefuls Kidderminster and Wrexham also both won, but Luton lost 1-0 at Southport. Edgar Davids's Barnet beat Chester 3-0.

  7. 1726: 

    In the early kick-off, Peter Murphy and David Connolly scored two goals each as Accrington and Portsmouth played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Northampton won for the first time this season, beating Football League newcomers Newport 3-1 at Sixfields. Hats off to Oxford, Fleetwood, Chesterfield and Southend, who all won their respective games to leave them sitting pretty on maximum points after two games.

  8. 1725: 

    Wolves, off the back of successive relegations, will undoubtedly grab the headlines for their superb 4-0 victory over Gillingham, thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths, Lee Evans and Bakary Sako. But Bradford's win by the same scoreline at home to Carlisle also stands out, while Peterborough won 4-2 at Notts County. Elsewhere, Tranmere grabbed a late goal to draw 3-3 with Crawley in a terrific match at Prenton Park, and Brentford overcame Sheffield United 3-1 at Griffin Park.

  9. 1723: 
    Blackburn 0-1 Nottingham Forest

    How crucial could that late winner be for Forest? They are flying now, with some absolute humdingers against Bolton, Watford and Wigan to come before the end of the month. Get six or seven points from those games and they will fancy themselves.


    Richard Beech: The mighty Bristol Rovers scraped a decent point today with a depleted squad. Come on you Gas! Playing the long game.

  11. 1717: 
    Brighton 1-2 Derby

    I reckon Derby could be one of those sides who go under the radar this season - never quite in the top three but always just on the shoulders of the leading pack. It strikes me that Brighton are suffering some kind of hangover from last season's play-off woes.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson on BBC Final ScoreBrighton 1-2 Derby

    "Brighton will still see it as very early days in the season. New manager Oscar Garcia will be desperate to get off the mark."

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on BBC Final ScoreBolton 1-1 Reading

    "Reading will be disappointed that they allowed Darren Pratley to ghost into position for his goal. We spoke about him together in midweek.

    "Nick Blackman put in a great shift, and deserved his goal. I am a huge fan of his.

    "I was with him at Blackburn, and he showed his ability only in spurts. At Reading, people should watch how he gets on."

  14. 1713: 
    Watford 6-1 Bournemouth

    I do wonder if Troy Deeney's hat-trick might have reminded some Premier League clubs of his talents. With his physical presence and constant goal threat, surely he has all the tools to do well at the top level?

    Former Wales striker John Hartson on BBC Final ScoreWatford 6-1 Bournemouth

    "Troy Deeney reminds me a bit of Yakubu as he goes past defenders with his strength and is a great finisher."

  16. 1711: 

    But never mind the Premier League. We've got plenty of time to talk about that - starting with tomorrow's Community Shield. For the meantime, let's talk about the Championship. Will it be second time lucky for Watford? They certainly looked impressive today, but it was against a newly-promoted side. Bournemouth looked out of their depth at Vicarage Road.

  17. 1708: 

    That's a cracking win for Arsenal [1706], but could it mask over some cracks if Arsene Wenger decides it's enough proof to keep a tight grip on the pursestrings?


    Tunde Akere: Watford are performing great, Premier League bound? We will see at the end of the season.

  19. 1706: 
    FRIENDLY UPDATE- Arsenal 3-1 Manchester City

    Arsenal end their pre-season in style as they beat Manchester City 3-1 in Helsinki.

    The excellent Theo Walcott followed up his smartly taken first-half goal with assists for Aaron Ramsey and substitute Olivier Giroud after the break. The City consolation came when summer signing Alvaro Negredo sidefooted past Lukasz Fabianski with his side already three goals down.

  20. 1705: 

    Now's the time where I want to hear from you. Whether you want to gloat about your team's glorious result, whinge about a defeat or even tell me what the most interesting thing you've seen today is, I'm all ears. Text 81111 or tweet us at #bbcfootball.

  21. 1702: 

    So what does all that mean? Well, Watford are top of the league and they are joined by Nottingham Forest and Blackpool as the only three teams to have posted six points from their first two games. Down at the bottom, Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton, Doncaster, Millwall and Barnsley are yet to register a point.

  22. 1658: 

    Blackburn 0-1 Nottingham Forest

    Blackpool 1-0 Barnsley

    Bolton 1-1 Reading

    Brighton 1-2 Derby

    Charlton 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Huddersfield 1-1 QPR

    Ipswich 3-0 Millwall

    Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Burnley

    Watford 6-1 Bournemouth

    Yeovil 0-1 Birmingham

  23. 1657: 

    That stat below is fascinating considering the very same David Connolly scored twice for Portsmouth at Accrington this afternoon. You can't keep a good striker down.

    Watford 6-1 Bournemouth

    Statisticians Opta: 3 - Troy Deeney is the first Watford player to score a hat-trick at Vicarage Road since David Connolly on Dec 7 1996. Gap.

  25. 1655: 
    GOAL- Blackpool 1-0 Barnsley - Scott Wiseman own goal (90 mins)

    Jack Robinson's long throw causes mayhem in the Barnsley box and the ball comes off Scott Wiseman and into his own net. Late heartbreak for the visitors, the home crowd goes wild.

  26. 1654:  
    Reading striker Jason Roberts on BBC Final ScoreWatford 6-1 Bournemouth

    "Troy Deeney has been outstanding today, leading the line with aplomb. If you can do that and grab a hat-trick, that is a perfect performance for a striker.

    "He is the perfect foil to launch attacks from as he can hold up the ball."

  27. 1652: 
    GOAL- Watford 6-1 Bournemouth - Troy Deeney (90 mins)

    Diego Fabbrini is brought down in the box, Troy Deeney wins the battle to take the penalty and the muscular striker completes his hat-trick with a cool finish from the spot. You can keep the matchball now, Troy.

  28. 1652: 
    PENALTY FOR WATFORD- Watford 5-1 Bournemouth
  29. 1651: 

    It's been a very good afternoon for Bradford, Peterborough and Wolves - all newcomers to League One this season, but all taking to it like a duck to water. They've now themselves bagged four goals each in their respective matches and are well and truly on the way to victory. At Prenton Park we might have finally found ourselves a winner too, with Joe Walsh turning the game on its head once more to hand Crawley a 3-2 lead over Tranmere.

  30. 1650: 
    GOAL- Blackburn 0-1 Nottingham Forest - Darius Henderson (90 mins)

    Nottingham Forest are laying down an early marker in the Championship - Billy Davies's boys appear on course for their third victory of the season thanks to Darius Henderson's late, late strike at Ewood Park.

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on BBC Final ScoreWatford 5-1 Bournemouth

    "Troy Deeney has fantastic presence, running in behind people. He can also score goals from anywhere on the pitch.

    "He can catch the ball with both feet, and he struck his second goal very well."

  32. 1648: 
    GOAL- Watford 5-1 Bournemouth - Troy Deeney (88 mins)

    Troy Deeney looks like he's on for another superb season as he continues where he left off last year. He works himself some room on the edge of the box and then absolutely laces one from 25 yards. Superb.

  33. 1648: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Bolton 1-1 Reading

    Another fantastic save by Adam Bogdan, who denies Reading defender Alex Pearce a winner at the Reebok.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson on BBC Final ScoreBolton 1-1 Reading

    "Bolton finished last season very well. They were unlucky not to get to the play-off positions.

    "They need to be in the mix for promotion this season."

  35. 1645: 
    GOAL- Ipswich 3-0 Millwall - Paul Anderson (83 mins)

    A miserable afternoon is complete for Millwall as Ipswich's Paul Anderson stoops low to head home Elliott Hewitt's excellent cross.

  36. 1645: 
    Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley

    Barnsley go close to nicking it at Bloomfield Road but Jason Scotland's angled shot from 18 yards is saved by Matt Gilks.

  37. 1642: 
    CLOSE!- Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Burnley

    Burnley striker Sam Vokes almost puts the game beyond Wednesday when he holds off his marker and fires in a shot which is well saved by Chris Kirkland at the near post.

  38. 1639: 
    CLOSE!- Blackburn 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    Nottingham Forest piling on the pressure as Andy Reid's free-kick causes problems before Scott Dann denies former Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire. Centre-back Dann has been absolutely superb for the home side today.

  39. 1637: 

    There's not been an abundance of action around the grounds in League Two so far in this second half, with Tom Soares's equaliser for Bury against Oxford probably the most notable goal so far. It is worth casting an eye towards the Conference Premier, however, where Forest Green are 7-0 up against 10-man Hyde on the opening day. Yes, seven, and there's still more than 15 minutes remaining.

  40. 1636: 
    WHAT A MISS- Bolton 1-1 Reading

    Reading substitute Adam Le Fondre shoots straight at Adam Bogdan from 10 yards with the Bolton goal at his mercy, as the scores somehow stay level. He was finishing those with aplomb in the Premier League last season.

  41. 1636: 

    Blackburn 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley

    Bolton 1-1 Reading

    Brighton 1-2 Derby

    Charlton 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Huddersfield 1-1 QPR

    Ipswich 2-0 Millwall

    Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Burnley

    Watford 4-1 Bournemouth

    Yeovil 0-1 Birmingham

  42. 1634: 
    GOAL- Ipswich 2-0 Millwall - Tommy Smith (70 mins)

    Big Mick McCarthy will be beaming tonight because Ipswich are on course for three points now - Tommy Smith heading home Paul Anderson's cross.

  43. 1632: 
    GOAL- Charlton 0-1 Middlesbrough - Lukas Jutkiewicz (72 mins)

    Tony Mowbray might want a new striker at the Riverside, but there's certainly nothing wrong with the one he's got - Lukas Jutkiewicz capitalising on a mix-up between the Charlton goalkeeper and defender to put Boro into a deserved lead.

  44. 1630: 
    GOAL- Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Burnley - David Prutton (71 mins)

    Game on at Hillsborough as David Prutton scores with a diving header from Liam Palmer's cross.

  45. 1629:  
    BBC Final Score

    Final Score is about to start on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

    Former Wales international John Hartson and Reading striker Jason Roberts join Jason Mohammad in the studio as the trio keep you up-to-date when the afternoon's games reach an exciting finale.

  46. 1629: 

    Peterborough have got off to a really good start this season, beating Swindon last Saturday before putting five past Colchester in the Capital One Cup in midweek, and they've continued that today in coming from behind to lead Notts County 3-1. Elsewhere, the match between last season's play-off losers Brentford and Sheffield United is locked at 1-1, while Tranmere and Crawley are level once more thanks to Billy Clarke's goal.

  47. 1627: 
    GOAL- Watford 4-1 Bournemouth - Lewis McGugan (66 mins)

    Lewis is right [see tweet below], Watford are top of the league. And they are heading for the summit in style - Lewis McGugan hammering into the top corner after being played in by Almen Abdi.


    Lewis Lloyd: Watford are top of the championship as things stand. Reckon the rest of the league should probably get used to the sight.

  49. 1624: 
    GOAL- Ipswich 1-0 Millwall - Shane Lowry own goal (63 mins)

    Ipswich are ahead at Portman Road as Aaron Cresswell puts a cross into the box and, after Stephen Bywater's save, the ball rebounds off Millwall defender Shane Lowry and into his own net.

  50. 1623: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Yeovil 0-1 Birmingham

    It just won't fall for Yeovil today. On their Championship home debut they've seen their keeper go off injured, gone behind to an own goal and now Byron Webster watches his header hit the bar.

  51. 1622: 

    Blackburn 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley

    Bolton 1-1 Reading

    Brighton 1-2 Derby

    Charlton 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Huddersfield 1-1 QPR

    Ipswich 0-0 Millwall

    Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Burnley

    Watford 3-1 Bournemouth

    Yeovil 0-1 Birmingham

  52. 1621: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Huddersfield 1-1 QPR

    QPR looking the more likely against Huddersfield. Charlie Austin thumps a header against the bar and the ball runs to Joey Barton but he can't turn his follow-up goalwards.

  53. 1620: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Bolton 1-1 Reading

    Reading are turning the screw on Bolton after their equaliser. Defender Alex Pearce should have put them ahead when found in space at the back post, but the Republic of Ireland international could only head straight at the grateful Adam Bogdan.

  54. 1619: 
    Charlton 0-0 Middlesbrough

    George Friend goes on a run to get forward from defence, but he gets caught in two minds and his cross-shot fails to find a team mate or trouble the Charlton goalkeeper. Middlesbrough's best chance so far.


    Rahul: QPR do need more depth on the bench, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Bobby Zamora - our attacking players - are both awful

  56. 1615: 
    GOAL- Watford 3-1 Bournemouth - Troy Deeney (56 mins)

    Vicarage Road is rocking now as Troy Deeney sweeps home, with the help of a wicked deflection, to give newly-promoted Bournemouth a tough task to get anything from today's game.

  57. 1614: 
    GOAL- Bolton 1-1 Reading - Nick Blackman penalty (51 mins)

    Nick Blackman is the coolest man in the Reebok as he steps up and sends Adam Bogdan the wrong way.

  58. 1613: 
    PENALTY FOR READING- Bolton 1-0 Reading

    Bolton are furious, but the referee has seen a handball and awarded Reading a penalty kick.

  59. 1612: 
    GOAL- Watford 2-1 Bournemouth - Gabriele Angella (53 mins)

    Watford have unearthed a gem of a goalscoring centre-half in Gabrielle Angella. He has bagged his second of the game and third of the week, climbing high to meet Almen Abdi's free-kick and powering a header into the corner.

  60. 1611: 
    CLOSE!- Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Burnley

    A bright start to the second half for the Owls as Chris Maguire goes close with a low shot. That half-time rocket from Dave Jones looks to have galvanised the hosts.

  61. 1609: 
    GOAL- Yeovil 0-1 Birmingham - Danny Seaborne own goal (48 mins)

    A dream start to the second half for Birmingham as Yeovil defender Byron Webster attempts to clear a corner but the ball hits Danny Seaborne and ends up in the back of his own net.

  62. 1607: 
    GOAL- Brighton 1-2 Derby - Chris Martin (47 mins)

    Former Norwich City striker Chris Martin appears to be a cracking signing for Derby - scoring his second of the afternoon from close range.


    Amir Maqsood: Middlesbrough look like a whole new team, had most of the possession and Albert Adomah has been brilliant!

  64. 1604:  
    BBC Final Score's Jacqui Oatley at MolineuxWolves 3-0 Gillingham

    "Standing ovation for Wolves on half-time whistle. When's the last time that happened?"

  65. 1600:  
    BBC Final Score

    At 1630 BST, former Wales international John Hartson and Reading striker Jason Roberts join Jason Mohammad in the studio as the trio keep you up-to-date when the afternoon's games head to an exciting end.

    You can watch the programme on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

  66. 1559: 

    Burton have finally found the breakthrough against 10-man Rochdale a minute before half-time, visiting defender Oliver Lancashire putting through his own net. Oxford, who shocked Portsmouth 4-1 at Fratton Park last weekend, lead at home to Bury, while Morecambe hold a one-goal advantage over Torquay. Wimbledon, Chesterfield and Dagenham are also ahead in their games, meaning Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium and Mansfield's Field Mill are the only grounds in the division yet to witness a goal this afternoon.

  67. 1558: 
    Huddersfield 1-1 QPR

    The next time you hear Harry Redknapp saying he needs to sign some more players to add depth to his squad, don't believe a bit of it. Have a look at his substitutes' bench for today: Richard Dunne, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jermaine Jenas, Bobby Zamora, Brian Murphy, Max Ehmer and Gary O'Neil. That's the envy of some Premier League clubs.

  68. 1558: 

    Goals aplenty around the grounds in League One in that opening 45 minutes. Wolves are running riot against newly promoted Gillingham, now three goals to the good thanks to Bakary Sako's left-footed strike. Tranmere's Joe Thompson has fired in his second of the game to complete the turnaround against Crewe, while Notts County and Peterborough are locked at 1-1 at Meadow Lane.

  69. 1553: 

    What's happening at half-time around the grounds then? Let me know, pictures even better. You know the drill - 81111 or #bbcfootball.


    Football Form: The several internationals in the QPR squad today need to look around, have a reality check & see how far they've fallen.

  71. 1551: 

    Blackburn 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley

    Bolton 1-0 Reading

    Brighton 1-1 Derby

    Charlton 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Huddersfield 1-1 QPR

    Ipswich 0-0 Millwall

    Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Burnley

    Watford 1-1 Bournemouth

    Yeovil 0-0 Birmingham

  72. 1549: 
    FRIENDLY UPDATE- Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City

    Away from the frantic Football League action, Arsenal are ahead at half-time in the pre-season friendly against Manchester City in Helsinki.

    Theo Walcott scored the sole goal of the opening period as he latched on to a searching pass by Aaron Ramsey, and chipped the ball over the advancing Joe Hart.

  73. 1549: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Yeovil 0-0 Birmingham

    As we enter five minutes of added time the hosts are so close to a big goal. James Hayter beats the offside trap to bear down on goal, he slides an early left-footed shot under the keeper but it cannons back off the inside of the post.

  74. 1548: 
    CLOSE!- Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley

    Blackpool's Michael Chopra goes close with the best chance of the match so far when he shoots wide.

  75. 1547: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Blackburn 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    Forest new boy Kelvin Wilson is pulled back in the area by Chris Taylor, but the referee is not interested and another penalty appeal is turned down.

  76. 1545: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Brighton 1-1 Derby

    Brighton claim a penalty when David Lopez's free-kick appears to hit a Derby hand in the area, but referee Andy D'Urso ignores them and waves play on.

  77. 1544: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Yeovil 0-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham want a penalty as Andrew Shinnie tries to get on the end of a long ball forward, but Danny Seaborne makes a great intervention to hook the ball clear. No foul given.

    Former Blackpool and England defender Jimmy Armfield at Reebok StadiumBolton 1-0 Reading

    "It was a terrific effort from Medo Kamara. He picked the ball up on the halfway line and drove forward, taking a dipping shot from 35-yards.

    "The Reading goalkeeper was completely beaten, but was saved by his post."

  79. 1543: 

    Last season's losing play-off finalists Northampton Town have brought Newport County crashing back down to earth after their encouraging start to life back in the Football League, with the Cobblers leading the Welsh side 2-0 at Sixfields Stadium. But another of the promotion hopefuls Bristol Rovers are not faring so well, drawing 0-0 at home to Scunthorpe but losing captain Tom Parkes to injury. They already have nine first-team players out.

  80. 1541: 

    Bradford City were in the headlines plenty last season, and they've not made a bad start to this campaign either - they've now raced into an eye-catching 3-0 lead against Carlisle, Nahki Wells and James Hanson both among the goals. Lee Evans has doubled Wolves' advantage over Gillingham at Molineux, while Patrick Bamford has handed MK Dons a 1-0 lead against Crewe. Elsewhere, Swindon and Walsall are both in front against Oldham and Stevenage, respectively.

  81. 1541: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 1-1 QPR - Junior Hoilett (37 mins)

    QPR back on level terms as Junior Hoilett converts Yun Suk-Young's cross.

  82. 1539: 
    GOAL- Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Burnley - Sam Vokes (38 mins)

    Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones might be throwing a few teacups around at half-time because Burnley are bossing the game, doubling their lead through Sam Vokes who guides home Kieran Trippier's superb ball.

  83. 1538: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 1-0 QPR - James Vaughan (35 mins)

    James Vaughan has started the season in great form, scoring his third goal in as many games from two yards out to put Huddersfield into the lead against QPR.

  84. 1536: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Yeovil 0-0 Birmingham

    Good chance for Birmingham after a really neat passage of play. Andrew Shinnie latches on to a dink over the top, he's wide out on the right but gets a powerful shot in which forces sub keeper Gareth Stewart into the save.

  85. 1536: 
    Ipswich 0-0 Millwall

    Luke Chambers goes close for Ipswich, heading a Carlos Edwards cross from close range just wide.

  86. 1536: 
    CLOSE!- Huddersfield 0-0 QPR

    QPR have had much the better of this contest but Huddersfield have just provided a gentle reminder that they too can pose a threat. Martin Paterson turns Clint Hill on the edge of the box and fires a fierce low shot narrowly wide of the far post.

  87. 1534: 
    GOAL- Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Burnley - Danny Ings (33 mins)

    Who needs Charlie Austin? Danny Ings just can't stop scoring - a bullet header from Ross Wallace's cross putting Burnley into the lead against Sheffield Wednesday.

    Former Blackpool and England defender Jimmy Armfield at Reebok StadiumBolton 1-0 Reading

    "We have played 30 minutes and the Bolton goalkeeper has had nothing to do. Reading have had a lot of possession, but their moves break down when they reach the penalty area.

    "There is a reluctance from them to be progressive."

  89. 1531: 
    GOAL- Watford 1-1 Bournemouth - Lewis Grabban (30 mins)

    Bournemouth have been knocking on the door since going behind and claim a deserved equaliser when Ryan Fraser slides a lovely cross into the middle for Lewis Grabban to convert from close range. That's three in the league already for Grabban.

  90. 1530: 

    Blackburn 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley

    Bolton 1-0 Reading

    Brighton 1-1 Derby

    Charlton 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Huddersfield 0-0 QPR

    Ipswich 0-0 Millwall

    Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Burnley

    Watford 1-0 Bournemouth

    Yeovil 0-0 Birmingham

  91. 1529: 
    GOAL- Brighton 1-1 Derby - Chris Martin (27 mins)

    Chris Martin - not the Coldplay singer or former New Zealand Test bowler - draws Derby level at the Amex when he converts Craig Forsyth's excellent cross.

  92. 1524: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Yeovil 0-0 Birmingham

    Yeovil have regrouped after that early injury and almost go ahead through giant centre-half Byron Webster. He thumps in a shot on the turn but Darren Randolph makes a fine flying save to keep it out.

  93. 1522: 

    It's been a busy start in the fourth tier, with Fleetwood, who toppled Dagenham in last Saturday's season opener, racing into a 2-0 lead at Plymouth thanks to David Ball's brace. Meanwhile, Rochdale, who beat Hartlepool 3-0 last Saturday, might struggle to follow that up against Burton this afternoon, with Peter Cavanagh's early sending off for serious foul play leaving them having to play 84 minutes a player light.

  94. 1522: 

    Wolves may have kicked off 10 minutes later than everyone else in League One, but it's taken them just four minutes to take the lead against Gillingham, with Leigh Griffiths firing them in front for his first of the season. At Prenton Park, Tranmere have drawn level against Crawley, where Joe Walsh's early strike has been cancelled out by Joe Thompson.

  95. 1521:  
    Former Blackpool and England defender Jimmy Armfield at Reebok Stadium

    "There is a notable difference in styles. Reading are playing a shorter game, with players running off the ball.

    "Bolton are playing a bit more of the long ball from back to front. Maybe, that is why he has bought midfielder Jay Spearing to try and get his foot on the ball."

  96. 1521: 
    CLOSE!- Ipswich 0-0 Millwall

    David McGoldrick goes close, heading Aaron Cresswell's free-kick inches wide of the post at Portman Road.

  97. 1518: 
    GOAL- Brighton 1-0 Derby - Jose Ulloa (17 mins)

    A great start for Brighton against fellow promotion hopefuls Derby as Jose Ulloa puts the Seagulls in front with a diving header. Is Oscar Garcia on for his first victory as Brighton manager?

  98. 1518: 
    Charlton 0-0 Middlesbrough

    No real chances as yet, but Boro the livelier and more threatening of the two sides so far at The Valley.

  99. 1517: 
    Huddersfield 0-0 QPR

    Charlie Austin gets his first chance of the afternoon for QPR, in his first league start since his move from Burnley, but he misses his kick completely and the Huddersfield fans have no intention of letting him hear the end of that one.

    Former Blackpool and England defender Jimmy Armfield at Reebok StadiumBolton 1-0 Reading

    "It is incredible, as Reading have looked the better team. There was a long Bolton cross from the left-hand side, and Reading did not mark up well at all."


    Maskens: QPR squad is far too good for the Championship but couldn't cut it in the Premier league. Just highlights the difference between the two.

    Joe Blackmore: Lots backing Burnley to do well this season, they were a one man team last year and they've sold him! Relegation beckons.

  102. 1516: 
    GOAL- Bolton 1-0 Reading - Darren Pratley (14 mins)

    A free header for Darren Pratley who makes no mistake from close in. That's two in two now for the midfielder.

  103. 1514: 
    GOAL- Watford 1-0 Bournemouth - Gabriele Angella (13 mins)

    Bournemouth are taught an early Championship lesson by last season's play-off finalists when they fail to clear a corner and Gabriele Angella hooks in from six yards out - his second goal in as many games for the happy Hornets.

  104. 1511: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Yeovil 0-0 Birmingham

    An early blow for Yeovil as goalkeeper Marek Stech is injured in a collision with his own defender and is replaced by Gareth Stewart.

    Former Blackpool and England defender Jimmy Armfield at Reebok StadiumBolton 0-0 Reading

    "It is very competitive in the midfield, and Reading are edging it in that area.

    "The Reading midfielders are managing to run at the Bolton defence from deep, and that is always a worry when that is occurring so early in the game."

  106. 1510: 
    Blackburn 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    Forest captain Chris Cohen gets back to clear Alan Judge's devilish free-kick off the line after six minutes, but that chance aside it has been the visitors who have enjoyed the better start.

  107. 1509: 
    Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley

    Blackpool are dominating at Bloomfield Road, with Isaiah Osbourne testing Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele with a decent shot.

  108. 1507: 
    Bolton 0-0 Reading

    Jay Spearing goes for glory on his second debut for Wanderers when he drills a low free-kick towards goal but fails to even beat the wall. His follow-up shot is also blocked. Not the best effort I've ever seen.

  109. 1504: 
    Blackburn 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    The visitors are well on top at Ewood Park, with Rovers defender Scott Dann blocking a shot and Andy Reid firing another over the bar.

    Former Blackpool and England defender Jimmy Armfield at Reebok StadiumBolton v Reading (1500 BST)

    "There was not a great deal between top and bottom in the Championship last season. It is about consistency in this division, even though that is a cliche.

    "Players have to sustain their performances if they want to go up, that is what really matters."

    Listen to commentary of Bolton v Reading on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  111. 1503: 

    We are under way in all of our Championship matches around the country. Who's going to give us our first goal of the afternoon? I'm sticking my neck out and going for a goal in the Bolton v Reading game first. I'll probably be wrong...

  112. 1500: 
    LINE-UPS- Sheff Weds v Burnley (1500 BST)

    Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Palmer, Gardner, Zayatte, Floro, Maghoma, Semedo, Prutton, Helan, Antonio, Nuhiu. Subs: Davies, Taylor, McCabe, Maguire, Corry, Lavery, Llera.

    Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Long, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, Jones, Stanislas, Vokes, Ings. Subs: Mee, Cisak, Edgar, Stock, Treacy, Noble, Arfield.

    Referee: David Webb (County Durham)

  113. 1500: 
    Wolves v Gillingham (1510 BST)

    There's a delayed kick-off at Molineux because of crowd congestion. It's good to see Wolves fans are still turning out through the hard times.

    GET INVOLVED- Brighton v Derby (1500 BST)

    Chris via 811111: I think Derby's Will Hughes is very much the type of player English media constantly cries out for. Technically he's very gifted and whilst strength is something that can be increased through training, if he remains grounded and keeps his head down the boy can go far.

  115. 1456: 
    Bolton v Reading (1500 BST)

    There's a few empty seats at the Reebok Stadium as eight children stand in the centre circle waving giant blue and white flags. It should be a cracking game this afternoon between two sides with high hopes of automatic promotion.

  116. 1452: 
    Yeovil v Birmingham (1500 BST)

    The atmosphere is building nicely for Yeovil's first match in English football's second tier, with Birmingham supporters packing out an entire stand. The sprinklers are on as we await the players making their way on to the pitch.

    Yeovil fan
  117. 1445: 
    Arsenal v Manchester City (1500 BST)

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes he has the best squad in the Premier League, and it is hard to disagree with him when you look at the fearsome team he selects for the pre-season friendly against Arsenal in Helsinki.

    Summer signings Fernandindo and Alvaro Negredo both start in what looks like a traditional 4-4-2 formation, with Joleon Lescott given the nod at centre-back following the injury to Matija Nastasic.

    For the Gunners, there is a more familiar look to their line-up because of a thus far quiet summer in the transfer market. Jack Wilshere builds up his fitness with a starting spot in midfield, while Colombian trialist Sebastian Perez receives a place on the bench.

    BBC Final Score's Jacqui Oatley at MolineuxWolves v Gillingham (1500 BST)

    "Nice tribute to Dave Wagstaffe, who died on Tuesday, in the Wolves programme. First player in English football to be shown a red card, referee showed it to all four corners of the ground!"

  119. 1444: 
    LINE-UPS- Watford v Bournemouth (1500 BST)

    Watford: Almunia, Angella, Doyley, Cassetti, Anya, McGugan, Abdi, Faraoni, Iriney, Deeney, Forestieri. Subs: Ekstrand, Battocchio, Caballero, Pudil, Fabbrini, Smith, Bond.

    Bournemouth: Allsop, Francis, Cook, Ward, Daniels, Surman, Arter, MacDonald, Pugh, Grabban, Fraser. Subs: Pitman, Harte, Thomas, Flahavan, Hughes, Ftockley, O'Kane.

    Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)

  120. 1444: 
    LINE-UPS- Blackpool v Barnsley

    Blackpool: Gilks, Broadfoot, MacKenzie, Cathcart, Robinson, Basham, Ferguson, Osbourne, Grant, Davies, Chopra. Subs: Bishop, Halstead, Eccleston, Barkhuizen, Banvo, Harris, Charles.

    Barnsley: Steele, Wiseman, Mvoto, Golbourne, O'Brien, Digby, Dawson, Perkins, Cywka, O'Grady, Dagnall. Subs: Kennedy, Scotland, Alnwick, McNulty, Mellis, Noble-Lazarus, Cofie.

    Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

  121. 1443: 

    What's the world coming to if Edgar Davids, who picks the team, can't get a game in the Conference? He's not even on the bench today for Barnet's game against Chester. Here's the line-ups if you were wondering...

    Barnet: Stack, Yiadom, Stephens, Saville, Johnson, Marsh-Brown, Byrne, Weston, Gambin, Hyde, Garcia Casabella. Subs: Jupp, Vilhete, Mengerink, Crawford, Villa.

    Chester FC: Danby, Kay, Linwood, Harrison, Horan, McIntyre, Mahon, Jarrett, Reed, Lindfield, Seddon. Subs: Fearon, Mills, Marc Williams, Lewis Turner, Nathan Turner.

    Referee: Nick Kinseley (Essex)

  122. 1441: 
    Yeovil v Birmingham (1500 BST)

    Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has demanded that his players show more of a work ethic in matches.

    Clark's side secured passage to the Capital One Cup second round with a 3-2 win over Plymouth, but he was concerned by their play off the ball.

    "Some of the play on the ball was fantastic, but it's the whole package now," Clark told BBC WM. "You can't just play when you've got the ball, as in matches sometimes you are out of it for long spells."

  123. 1440: 
    LINE-UPS- Ipswich v Millwall (1500 BST)

    Ipswich: Loach, Hewitt, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, Skuse, Hyam, Tabb, McGoldrick, Murphy. Subs: Berra, Anderson, Tunnicliffe, Veseli, Gerken, Taylor, Nouble.

    Millwall: Bywater, Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Henry, Derry, Bailey, Chaplow, Morison, Keogh. Subs: Dunne, Robinson, Feeney, Easter, Abdou, McDonald, Marshall.

    Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire)

  124. 1440: 
    LINE-UPS- Bolton v Reading (1500 BST)

    Bolton: Bogdan, Baptiste, Knight, Wheater, Tierney, Pratley, Spearing, Medo, Lee, Ngog, Beckford. Subs: Mears, Ream, Hall, Moritz, Lonergan, Craig Davies, Odelusi.

    Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Morrison, Pearce, Bridge, McCleary, Guthrie, Drenthe, Karacan, McAnuff, Blackman. Subs: Federici, Kelly, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, Gorkss, Robson-Kanu, Williams.

    Referee: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire)


    Tom Mason: [1424] Derby County once again field a team sheet that sounds like it's comprised solely of accountants.

    I think you have a point Tom, I would definitely trust my tax returns with Hughes & Martin or Forsyth & Coutts.

  126. 1440: 
    Yeovil v Birmingham (1500 BST)

    Yeovil will make history today when they host their first ever match in the Championship - and also play Birmingham for the first time.

    They have got their season off to a flier with 1-0 victories over Millwall and Southend and they will fancy their chances today against the Blues.

    "Everyone calls us a small club but we deserve to be here," said striker Paddy Madden. "We worked hard last year. It's a new challenge for us so we have to make sure we approach it in the right manner."

  127. 1435: 
    LINE-UPS- Huddersfield v QPR (1500 BST)

    Huddersfield: Smithies, Clarke, Gerrard, Lynch, Hammill, Clayton, Norwood, Gobern, Carroll, Vaughan, Paterson. Subs: Scannell, Ward, Bennett, Stead, Wallace, Hunt, Crooks.

    QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Hill, Yun, Granero, Barton, Henry, Hoilett, Austin, Johnson. Subs: Dunne, Wright-Phillips, Jenas, Zamora, Murphy, Ehmer, O'Neil.

    Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)

  128. 1435: 
    Watford v Bournemouth (1500 BST)

    Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O'Kane says teenage winger Ryan Fraser has "the world at his feet". The 19-year-old has started his first full season at the club in impressive form following his January move from Aberdeen.

    "He has taken him time to settle, but he has learnt a lot in the six months he has been here," said O'Kane. "For me he is a dream. I just give him the ball and stand behind him and let him do what he does. He is an outlet and can run with the ball and gives us a different option."


    Pilgrims Barn: Football a broken arm won't keep a tractor boy away even at 4.

    Ipswich v Millwall

  130. 1433: 
    LINE-UPS- Yeovil v Birmingham (1500 BST)

    Yeovil: Stech, Ayling, Webster, Seaborne, Tate, Dawson, Edwards, Upson, Foley, Hayter, Madden. Subs: Davis, McAllister, Ngoo, Stewart, Hoskins, Clifford, Grant.

    Birmingham: Randolph, Mullins, Burn, Robinson, Eardley, Shinnie, Elliott, Adeyemi, Ferguson, Novak, Green. Subs: Bartley, Burke, Doyle, Arthur, Reilly, Lee, Allan.

    Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

  131. 1433: 
    Watford v Bournemouth (1500 BST)

    Watford will take a moment to remember former loanee Jimmy Davis before this afternoon's match against Championship new boys Bournemouth.

    They will play the song Gangsta's Paradise in memory of Davis, who died 10 years ago this week. The popular Davis was on loan from Manchester United when he died in a car accident in the early hours of 9 August as he travelled back from seeing family and friends.


    Graham Bullock: Daggers warming up.

    Dag and Red v York

  133. 1429: 
    LINE-UPS- Charlton v Middlesbrough (1500 BST)

    Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Dervite, Morrison, Wiggins, Green, Gower, Jackson, Harriott, Sordell, Kermorgant. Subs: Evina, Stephens, Church, Wilson, Cort, Pope, Pigott.

    Middlesbrough: Steele, Richardson, Woodgate, Rhys Williams, Friend, Varga, Whitehead, Adomah, Leadbitter, Carayol, Jutkiewicz. Subs: Emnes, Ledesma, Parnaby, Gibson, Main, Leutwiler, Smallwood.

    Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)

  134. 1427: 
    LINE-UPS- Blackburn v Nottingham Forest (1500 BST)

    Blackburn: Kean, Kane, Dann, Grant Hanley, Spurr, Taylor, Lowe, Judge, Marrow, Rhodes, Best. Subs: Songo'o, King, Dunn, Eastwood, Olsson, Morris, Evans.

    Nottm Forest: Darlow, Lichaj, Hobbs, Wilson, Cohen, Paterson, Guedioura, Majewski, Lansbury, Reid, Henderson. Subs: Mackie, Harding, Collins, Halford, Miller, Derbyshire, De Vries.

    Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)

  135. 1426: 
    TEAM NEWS- Blackburn v Nottingham Forest (1500 BST)

    Blackburn make two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Derby last weekend. Leon Best makes his first start of the season following his late equaliser in that game, while Chris Taylor, who scored in Capital One Cup defeat by Carlisle, comes in ahead of Joshua King. New signing Kelvin Wilson makes the first start of his second spell at Nottingham Forest, having completed his move from Celtic in time for the trip to Ewood Park.

  136. 1424: 
    LINE-UPS- Brighton v Derby (1500 BST)

    Brighton: Kuszczak, Maksimenko, Upson, Greer, Calderon, Ince, Agustien, David Lopez, Buckley, Barnes, Ulloa. Subs: Ankergren, Andrews, El-Abd, Crofts, Forster-Caskey, LuaLua, March

    Derby: Grant, Freeman, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson, Hughes, Martin, Russell. Subs: Legzdins, Smith, Ward, Sammon, Jacobs, Eustace, Davies

  137. 1423: 
    Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley (1500 BST)

    Just how are Burnley going to score goals now Charlie Austin has been prised away by Queens Park Rangers? Simple - share them around the rest of the team. So far this season, four different players have been on the scoresheet for the happy Clarets.

    "It's really good to share it out. With Charlie leaving, we're going to have to get a lot more goals throughout the team," midfielder David Jones told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    Griffin Park

    Luke Kiff: Here's my view at Brentford.

    Brentford v Sheffield Utd

  139. 1421: 
    Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley (1500 BST)

    Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones has just about calmed down after tearing strips off forward Jermaine Johnson earlier this week - branding the Jamaican's sending off against Rotherham as "unacceptable".

    The Jamaica winger was dismissed for a headbutt on Millers midfielder Ben Pringle as the Owls fell to a 2-1 defeat in the Capital One Cup.

    Jones told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It's just total stupidity. You can't headbutt someone. He's done it before and he's been told. It's completely unacceptable and I can't defend it and neither can he."

  140. 1418: 

    One step off the Football League ladder, the Conference Premier season gets up and running this afternoon.

    Newly-relegated Barnet host newly promoted Chester at their new ground, the Hive. Edgar Davids remains in charge of the Bees who will be looking to bounce straight back into League Two.

    Elsewhere last year's play-off losers Wrexham host Welling, and former Aston Villa left-back Alan Wright - remember him? - begins his full-time managerial career as Southport face Luton.

    Southport FC

    Steve Price: Here I am...

  142. 1417: 

    Third division football returns to Molineux for the first time since 1989 this afternoon as Wolves host newly-promoted Gillingham. Wolves have yet to score in two games so far this season as Kenny Jackett begins his tenure, while the Gills are also still to find the net.

    Elsewhere there are home games for MK Dons, Rotherham, Oldham and Swindon, while early leaders Leyton Orient host Shrewsbury buoyed by a 5-1 win at Carlisle on the opening weekend.

    Coventry - already 10 points adrift after going into administration - play their first 'home' game at Northampton against Bristol City on Sunday.

  143. 1416: 
    TEAM NEWS- Huddersfield v QPR (1500 BST)

    Charlie Austin starts his first league game for QPR after marking his debut against Exeter with a goal, while manager Harry Redknapp once again builds his midfield around Joey Barton and Karl Henry. Alejandro Faurlin misses out through injury, however. Huddersfield Town make two changes from their opening day defeat by Bradford, with Adam Hammill and Oscar Gobern replacing Jonathan Hogg and Jack Hunt.

    Charlie Austin
  144. 1415: 
    Ipswich v Millwall (1500 BST)

    They may have lost their opening match in the Championship last weekend, but I like the look of Millwall this season. Manager Steve Lomas has brought some proven quality in during the summer - players like Steve Morison, Nicky Bailey, Scott McDonald, Stephen Bywater, Jermaine Easter, Lee Martin and Richard Chaplow.

    It's another big test for them at Portman Road today - a victory would really get their season up and running.

  145. 1413: 
    Ipswich v Millwall (1500 BST)

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he has no regrets about the six changes he made for Tuesday's 2-0 League Cup defeat by Stevenage. Strikers Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick, who started Saturday's loss at Reading, were replaced by Frank Nouble and Paul Taylor as Ipswich were undone by the League One side.

    "No regrets at all," McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk. "They're first-team players. The two centre forwards have got to play.

    "Having been beaten 2-0 at Stevenage I doubt very much the players who have come in are going to be knocking on my door suggesting they should be playing,"

  146. 1409: 
    Leon Best

    Leon Best's equaliser against Derby last weekend is rewarded with the front page picture on Blackburn's programme for the game against Nottingham Forest.

    Ivan Gaskell is at Ewood Park for Final Score, set to report the goals as they go in.

  147. 1409: 
    TEAM NEWS- Bolton v Reading (1500 BST)

    Jay Spearing makes his second debut for Bolton after signing on a permanent basis from Liverpool this week. He is one of six changes to the side which won at Shrewsbury in the League Cup in midweek, as Jermaine Beckford returns up front.

    Reading make two changes from the side which beat Ipswich last weekend, as captain Jobi McAnuff and Nick Blackman come in.

  148. 1408:  
    BBC Final Score

    Jason Mohammad is joined by former Wales international John Hartson and Reading striker Jason Roberts in the studio, with the trio set to keep you up-to-date with all the afternoon's action.

    You can watch the programme on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website from 16:30 BST.

  149. 1407: 
    FULL-TIME- Accrington 2-2 Portsmouth

    Honours even at Accrington, where the hosts rescued a point after falling behind with 11 minutes remaining. David Connolly put Pompey ahead from the penalty spot, but Peter Murphy's close range header on 85 minutes drew James Beattie's side level. Andy Barcham struck the post for the visitors shortly afterwards but the score stayed at 2-2.

  150. 1407: 

    League Two new boys Newport head to Northampton in good spirits after following on from their opening-day win at home to Accrington with a famous League Cup win at Brighton. County top the fledgling table ahead of their trip to Sixfields, with the Cobblers nursing a hangover from May's play-off final thrashing by Bradford.

    Oxford - also big winners on the opening weekend - host Bury, while Burton fans will get their first glimpse of the Rory Delap throw-in as the Brewers welcome Rochdale. Mansfield's Field Mill stages a league game for the first time in five years as the Stags host Exeter.

  151. 1406: 
    Huddersfield v QPR (1500 BST)

    Harry Redknapp continues to be canny in the transfer market this summer, completing the signing of midfielder Gary O'Neil on a one-year deal this week.

    The 30-year-old, a free agent after failing to agree a new deal with West Ham, previously worked under R's boss Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth.

    "Gary's a good player and a good pro," said Redknapp. "He was offered a new deal at West Ham but he decided he fancied coming here because he feels maybe he'll get more game time at QPR."

  152. 1404: 
    Huddersfield v QPR (1500 BST)

    Former Everton striker James Vaughan is hoping to shoot down Queens Park Rangers for Huddersfield this afternoon after scoring the double which knocked Bradford out of the League Cup in midweek.

    "Strikers are judged on goals, so it's great for me to have got off the mark in what was a good win against Bradford," said Vaughan.

    "I'm looking to bring as many goals as possible to the team. I feel the lads have created good chances for me in both matches so far, and if that continues, I'll keep doing all I can to get in there and finish them off."

  153. 1400: 
    Charlton v Middlesbrough (1500 BST)

    Middlesbrough just can't seem to catch a break. Hot on the heels of a opening day defeat to Leicester came a Capital One Cup defeat to Accrington Stanley.

    Boro manager Tony Mowbray has tried to cheer everyone up with a bit of retail therapy - bringing in winger Albert Adomah from Bristol City, and he wants to add another striker to his squad after his side scored just once from 23 shots on goal in midweek.

    "Maybe it's an eye-opener for us," Mowbray told BBC Tees. "We have to strengthen. We need to have better options so if we're not scoring goals, someone else comes in."


    Connor Birnie: Danny Ings will be one to watch if he keeps up his early season form for Burnley!

    Nathan Church: Derby's Will Hughes is a player to watch out for, immense maturity and class on the ball for an 18-year-old.

  155. 1357: 
    GOAL- Accrington 2-2 Portsmouth (Peter Murphy, 85 mins)

    Anything David Connolly can do, Peter Murphy can do better. The Accrington defender bags his second of the match when he bundles home from six yards out after Tom Aldred helped a deep cross back across the box.

  156. 1354: 
    Charlton v Middlesbrough (1500 BST)

    Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell says it will be difficult for his side to hit the highs of last season. The Addicks finished ninth, three points off the Championship play-offs.

    He told BBC London 94.9: "I am not going to lie - we overachieved last year. Can we match that?

    "It will be a tall order but we will go for it regardless of who is on the pitch, in the 18 or at the club. Everyone has to be thinking the same and that is part of my mantra."

  157. 1351: 
    GOAL- Accrington 1-2 Portsmouth (David Connolly, 78 mins)

    Suddenly it looks worth the trip to Accrington for Portsmouth fans as David Connolly is brought down in the box and gets up to slot home the penalty and score his second of the afternoon. The veteran striker looks like he could score plenty in League Two this season.


    Oscar Hilton: McClean, Drenthe, Andy Johnson and Grant Holt to be the stars this season. Premier League quality in the Championship!

    Nice one, Oscar. Any more for any more? Who are the stars to watch out for this season in the Football League?

  159. 1342: 
    Brighton v Derby (1500 BST)

    It's madness to think that Nigel Clough is now the longest serving manager in the Championship, just four seasons into the job. He looks to have put together a decent squad this season and midfielder Will Hughes is aiming high.

    "Compared to last season we have a stronger squad," the 18-year-old said. "The whole club is excited about the new season. I think we can push for the top six."

    Derby fans...I've heard a lot of good things about Hughes. Should we believe the hype? Let me know...

  160. 1339: 
    Brighton v Derby (1500 BST)

    I'm really interested to see how Brighton go this season, after their play-off disappointment and the parting of ways with Gus Poyet. They were victim to one of the shocks of the round when Newport County turned them over in the Capital One Cup and a 2-1 defeat to Leeds last weekend won't have cheered new manager Oscar Garcia.

    "There is a lot of quality in this team and if we are all on the top of our toes we can be a top side," Kemy Agustien told BBC Sussex. "Everybody is starting again with a new manager. Everybody needs some time to settle in. If we have time we can prove what we are capable of."

    BBC Radio 5 live's Jacqui Oatley at MolineuxWolves v Gillingham (1500 BST)

    "Defiant banner from the Wolves supporters ahead of first home game in League One v Gillingham."

  162. 1333: 
    Bolton v Reading (1500 BST)

    Reading are desperate to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, but that's easier said than done - as Bolton can attest. Midfielder Danny Guthrie reckons the Royals needs to add some "swagger" to their play if they are to get the job done.

    "This season is totally different," Guthrie told BBC Radio Berkshire. "We are the big fish and we need to have a bit of swagger about us and walk into these games knowing that we are the big team in this league."

  163. 1329: 
    GOAL- Accrington 1-1 Portsmouth (David Connolly, 57 mins)

    David Connolly (is he still going?) draws Pompey level when he slides home after Patrick Agyemang's superb knock-down. Game on.

  164. 1324: 
    Bolton v Reading (1500 BST)

    Bolton manager Dougie Freedman is hoping his next crop of youngsters at the Reebok can follow in the footsteps of his Crystal Palace proteges Wilfried Zaha, Nathaniel Clyne and Johnny Williams.

    "The last manager didn't give them an opportunity, maybe they weren't good enough - I'm not here to argue that - but I think there are one or two who might possibly help us this year, coming off the bench or starting a few games," said Freedman.

    "By the end of the year I'm looking for that squad to be backed up by four or five of them. The following year I want one or two of them to actually be in the team, and backed up by another three or four."

  165. 1320: 
    GOAL- Accrington 1-0 Portsmouth (Peter Murphy, 48 mins)

    James Beattie, in his designer suit on the Accrington touchline, is absolutely delighted - and rightly so. His defender Peter Murphy produces a finish from the very top drawer as he curls into the top corner from the edge of the box after being teed up by Danny Webber. Pick that one out.

  166. 1315: 
    Blackpool v Barnsley (1500 BST)

    If Blackpool think they've got it bad, spare a thought for Barnsley. They were hammered 4-0 by Wigan on the opening day and failed to score in 120 minutes before beating Scunthorpe on penalties in the cup. Manager David Flitcroft is desperate to sign a striker to give his side a lift, but you sense this could be the start of another long season for the Oakwell boys.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson on BBC Radio 5 liveHuddersfield v QPR (1500 BST)

    "QPR manager Harry Redknapp was trying to get some of the big earners off the books. The likes of Chris Samba have gone, and for me, he did not even look fit last season.

    "It is the Championship, which is a ridiculously tricky league, with three games a week. Harry wants players who want to play for him.

    "When you enjoy playing for a manager, you produce better performances. It is not worth keeping players that do not want to be there."

  168. 1308: 
    Blackpool v Barnsley (1500 BST)

    Blackpool are very much a wounded animal this afternoon, after being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by local rivals Preston North End on Monday. Throw in a two-match ban for Thomas Ince and an FA charge for his dad and manager, Paul, and it's not been a great few days for the Seasiders. Barnsley are the visitors today and 17-year-old winger Dion Charles could be given his chance to shine.


    Harriswagon: Newport County have had an absolutely amazing start to the season, 4-1 against Accrington and 3-1 against Brighton!

  170. 1302: 
    HALF-TIME- Accrington 0-0 Portsmouth

    It's goalless at the Store First Stadium, but Portsmouth have had the best of the chances so far. Sonny Bradley saw a powerful header nodded off the line by Michael Liddle, while Stanley keeper Ian Dunbavin has denied Patrick Agyemang and Andy Barcham with a couple of sharp, low saves.

    In fact, Barcham almost scored the goal of the season when he picked up the ball in his own half and, Michael Owen-style, slalomed his way into the penalty box where he saw his shot saved.

  171. 1301: 
    Blackburn v Nottingham Forest (1500 BST)

    There's a lot to like about Nottingham Forest this season. They have the manager and squad to really challenge for a place back in the Premier League and they opened their season with a win against Huddersfield last weekend.

    Even better news for Forest fans is the return of defender Kelvin Wilson from Celtic in a £2.5m deal. He returns with a couple of league titles from Scotland in his sky rocket and is available to start against Rovers.

    "It's massive club with great ambition, great players and great management - to me it was a no-brainer," Wilson told BBC East Midlands Today.

  172. 1255: 
    Blackburn v Nottingham Forest (1500 BST)

    Compared to last season's antics, it's been a pretty quiet start to the season for Blackburn Rovers. They still, at the time of writing, have the same manager which they started the season with and they earned a decent point at Derby in their Championship opener. A Capital One Cup defeat to Carlisle was not part of the plan, but we'll see what they are made of when they face Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

  173. 1252: 

    Our colleagues in Scotland are up and running, as are Rangers who have taken the lead in their game against Brechin at Ibrox. It has taken Chris Hegarty just one minute to open the scoring, and I sense a long afternoon ahead for the visitors. Follow all the action in the dedicated Scottish football live text commentary.


    Lewis in Wycombe on 81111: The truth is Manchester City do the best every summer [1238]. They have the most money and they spend it frivolously. The real question for them is whether they can keep players that are used to being invaluable happy playing from the bench. If they can play well as a team, they will win the league this season.

  175. 1246: 

    Sticking with League Two, are there any Brazilian nationals in Devon wondering what to do with their Saturday next weekend? Why not head down to St James Park and watch Exeter against AFC Wimbledon? The Grecians are giving free entry to all Brazilians for next weekend's big clash to celebrate their historic links with the South American country.

  176. 1242: 

    Manuel Pellegrini might think he has done the best business this summer, but he's certainly not done the most - Bury manager Kevin Blackwell made his 17th signing in just two months this week.

    That's not a bad little haul for a club who were almost closed down in May. But does Blackwell know the names of all his new players?

    "Many of the players don't know each other, and I don't know the players," admitted the 54-year-old. "One of the players had a word with me last week because I'd forgotten his name, and I said, 'listen son, I don't know anybody's name - never mind yours'."

    Kevin shouldn't worry too much. My mate's dad struggles to remember the names of his kids. He's only got four.

  177. 1238: 

    On the subject of Manchester City [1233], manager Manuel Pellegrini believes the signings he has made this summer have made his squad the best in the Premier League.

    "I think we have the best squad in England," said Pellegrini. "We already had a very good team and, with these four players, we improved."

    Do you agree? Have City done the best business this summer?


    C. Celsing: Royston Drenthe will prove himself to be one of the best ever Football League players this season for Reading.

    Former Blackpool and England defender Jimmy Armfield at Reebok StadiumBolton v Reading (1500 BST)

    "With Bolton and Reading, these are two of the teams with realistic ambitions of doing well. Bolton will be hoping for better things after making several good signings this summer.

    "There is a bit of pressure on manager Dougie Freedman to perform."

    Listen to updates of the afternoon's Championship action on BBC Radio 5 live.

  180. 1233: 

    There's a big match happening in Finland this afternoon. Nope, not JJK v Jaro but the pre-season friendly between Arsenal and Manchester City in Helsinki. Arsene Wenger has promised to field a strong side, with next season's Premier League opener against Aston Villa in mind, while City are expected to do likewise. We'll keep you updated on what should be a cracker.


    Which match are you off to today? Seen anything interesting on your travels? Following any pre-match superstitions? Send us your pictures of your journey to the game using #bbcfootball

  182. 1231: 

    Keith Andrews found himself surplus to requirements at the Reebok Stadium [1224] after Bolton completed a deal to sign Jay Spearing from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee on Friday. That's a signing which will please Wanderers supporters, with 96% of Bolton fans taking part in a recent local newspaper poll voting in favour of a move for their former loanee. The other 4% must have been Keith Andrews' mates?


    Jack Poskett: Can Yeovil continue their fairytale? And for me, will Sheffield Wednesday come together and have a good season with the new players? Excited!

  184. 1224: 

    Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews has swapped Bolton for Brighton this morning after the Seagulls completed a season-long loan for the 32-year-old.

    He is available to make his debut against Derby this afternoon, and Albion manager Oscar Garcia said: "He is a player with experience at the top level of the English game and international football - including World Cups and European Championships.

    "Keith is a player who I know will enjoy the way we like to play. He is a dynamic and energetic player."

  185. 1221: 

    So Roy Hodgson has been told to stick with Wayne Rooney, but will the Manchester United striker, who has been suffering with hamstring and shoulder injuries in pre-season, be able to take to the field for his country against Scotland on Wednesday?

    "We will not put Wayne on the pitch unless he is ready to play," said Hodgson, speaking at Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day,

    "David [Moyes] and I are in total agreement. He knows what I have in mind, we have to accept people will try to drive wedges between us. There is no problem with Manchester United. There will be no wedges put between me and David Moyes, we have been friends for a very long time."

  186. 1217: 

    It's actually a pretty special day in the football calendar, with the Football Association marking its 150th anniversary with the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day. There are 150 events around the country showcasing the FA's work in grassroots football.

    England manager Roy Hodgson has been paying tribute to Sir Bobby at the event in Lewisham and, after meeting local children, was told he is "epic" and should stick with Wayne Rooney up front. And who can argue with that?

    Roy Hodgson

    Matt St: I really feel that today could be a big win and a real start to a dominant season for Reading Football Club.

  188. 1214: 
    POMPEY VIEW- Accrington v Portsmouth (1215 BST)

    Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham: "Everyone wants to win every game but you learn from every defeat. We've played well in both games so far but it's not coming together.

    "The fact that former Southampton man James Beattie is manager adds a bit of spice to the game for the fans but for us it's just another game."

  189. 1211: 
    WATCH OUT FOR BEATTIE- Accrington v Portsmouth (1215 BST)

    Portsmouth supporters will be pleased to see that ex-Southampton striker James Beattie is not digging out the boots to play for Accrington this afternoon. During his time with the Saints, Beattie scored three goals in two consecutive league and cup matches against Portsmouth. That was almost 10 years ago, but I reckon he's not really been forgiven by Pompey fans.

  190. 1208: 
    LINE-UPS- Accrington v Portsmouth (1215 BST)

    Accrington Stanley: Dunbavin, Hunt, Aldred, Atkinson, Liddle, Hatfield, Murphy, Richardson, Naismith, Webber, Carver. Subs: Joyce, Winnard, McCartan, Miller, Mingoia, Gray, Wilson.

    Portsmouth: Smith, Moutaouakil, Devera, Bradley, East, Wallace, Padovani, Ferry, Barcham, Connolly, Agyemang. Subs: N'Gala, Craddock, Holmes, Bird, Harris, Sullivan, Butler.

    Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)

  191. 1207: 
    Accrington v Portsmouth (1215 BST)

    Our first game of the day takes us to East Lancashire where Capital One Cup giantkillers Accrington Stanley host Portsmouth. James Beattie's men beat Championship side Middlesbrough on Tuesday night while Pompey are yet to register a win after defeats to Oxford United and Bournemouth in the opening week of the season. It's a long way to travel today - what time did you have to set off Pompey fans?

  192. 1205: 

    Which match are you off to today? Seen anything interesting on your travels? Following any pre-match superstitions. I want to know and, even better, I want picture evidence. Using #bbcfootball send me pictures of you on the beach, making your way to the match or bumping into a celebrity in a service station. Failing that, send me a text to 81111. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

  193. 1203: 

    There's no Premier League fayre to feast on this afternoon, but we've got the equivalent of an all-you-can eat buffet in the Football League. There's 33 matches in total, including some absolute corkers to look forward to in the Championship. Don't believe me? Have a gander for yourself:

    Blackburn v Nottingham Forest, Blackpool v Barnsley, Bolton v Reading, Brighton v Derby, Charlton v Middlesbrough, Huddersfield v QPR, Ipswich v Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley, Watford v Bournemouth, Yeovil v Birmingham.

  194. 1200: 

    We might still be seven days/168 hours/10,125 minutes/607,500 seconds away from the start of the new Premier League season, but those lads in the Football League are already two games into their season.

    Just one week ago, fully refreshed from their respective summer holidays, supporters of all 72 Football League clubs welcomed the start of a new season with excitement, optimism and hope.

    For some, that pre-season optimism has already been washed away quicker than a beach ball in the sea. For others, they are looking forward to the next nine months with genuine reasons to believe this is THEIR season. That their time in the sun is now.

    Will those feelings last? Let's find out.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 11 Aug 2013 UK

Sky Bet Championship summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Watford 2 6 6
No movement 2 Blackpool 2 3 6
No movement 3 Nottm Forest 2 2 6
No movement 4 Burnley 2 1 4
No movement 5 Derby 2 1 4
No movement 6 QPR 2 1 4
No movement 7 Reading 2 1 4
Moving up 8 Leeds 2 1 4
Moving up 9 Leicester 2 1 4
Moving down 10 Wigan 1 4 3
Moving down 11 Ipswich 2 2 3
No movement 12 Middlesbrough 2 0 3
No movement 13 Birmingham 2 0 3
No movement 14 Yeovil 2 0 3
No movement 15 Bournemouth 2 -4 3
No movement 16 Bolton 2 0 2
No movement 17 Blackburn 2 -1 1
No movement 18 Huddersfield 2 -1 1
No movement 19 Brighton 2 -2 0
No movement 20 Sheff Wed 2 -2 0
No movement 21 Charlton 2 -2 0
No movement 22 Doncaster 1 -2 0
No movement 23 Millwall 2 -4 0
No movement 24 Barnsley 2 -5 0