Middlesbrough lose on return to Championship

Eloi Lecerf
Agosto 6, 2017

Super-agent Jorge Mendes had a huge influence over Wolves' pre-season recruitment and it was one of the new arrivals, Leo Bonatini, who scored decisively.

Joe Garner also got off to the ideal start by scoring on his Ipswich debut in the 1-0 victory at home against Birmingham.

It was an encouraging result for Wolves, who are among the leading contenders for promotion to the Premier League after a major close-season overhaul.

It was a frustrating return to the second tier for Middlesbrough after last season's relegation and Garry Monk's side will have to improve significantly to live up to their billing as the bookmakers' favourites for promotion.

Bristol City are top of the embryonic table, with Bobby Reid grabbing a first-half brace in a 3-1 triumph against Barnsley.

Ryan Hedges pulled a goal back for Barnsley in stoppage-time.

Joe Garner was the Ipswich match-winner in the 47th minute, calmly converting from just outside the six-yard box.

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Despite Boro having the majority of possession, they were unable to break down the home side during the second-half, with Wolves eventually taking all three-points.

Russell Martin's own goal from Floyd Ayite's cross had put the hosts ahead on 25 minutes.

Neeskens Kebano hit the post for Slavisa Jokanovic's men - a miss they would rue as substitute Nelson Oliveira equalised for Norwich late on.

Daniel Johnson's second-half penalty helped Preston to a 1-0 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday while Kenneth Zohore netted a late victor in Cardiff's 1-0 triumph at Burton.

Johnson's spot-kick, awarded after Jordan Hugill was brought down by Tom Lees, ensured new Preston manager Alex Neil made a winning start after succeeding Simon Grayson.

Billy Sharp picked up where he left off last season by scoring the only goal in Sheffield United's 1-0 win over Brentford at Bramall Lane.

Blades skipper Billy Sharp headed the victor in the 39th minute at Bramall Lane.

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