Kuwaiti-owned Nottingham Forest replaced Bournemouth at the top of the Championship on Tuesday after winning a thriller between the two sides 2-1.
Forest, managed by former playing great Stuart Pearce, came storming back after going a goal down to score through Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt, who joined from Premier League side Hull in the close season, and top the table after three matches.
Defeat for Bournemouth – who went close to reaching the promotion play-offs last season – saw them drop their first points of the season.
Millwall also saw their two-game winning run brought to a halt although they managed to steal a point at the end of their match with Sheffield Wednesday as Magaye Gueye netted to earn a 1-1 draw.
Cardiff’s bright start to life in the second tier after relegation from the Premier League continued as Nicky Maynard saw them to a 1-0 win over his former club Wigan, whose poor start to the season has seen them exit the League Cup in the first round and left them without a win in the Championship.
Charlton Athletic, many people’s favourites for relegation, pulled off one of the eye-catching results of the night as they saw off last season’s play-off finalists Derby County 3-2 at The Valley despite Jamie Ward celebrating his new deal with two goals for Derby.
There was joy though for Sami Hyppia as having taken over at Brighton & Hove Albion – a far cry from his previous job coaching Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga and the Champions League – he recorded his first win as Liverpool loanee Joao Carlos Teixeira and Kazenga LuaLua scored in a 2-0 win over fallen giants Leeds.
There was also a first win of the campaign for managerless Huddersfield who beat Reading 2-1 thanks to goals by Jacob Butterfield and Harry Bunn.
The quickest goal of the night came at Carrow Road where Blackburn’s Tom Cairney opened the scoring after 49 seconds but two late goals eventually saw Norwich run out 3-1 winners.
Elsewhere there were away wins for Watford, who saw off Rotherham 2-0 behind goals from Lloyd Dyer and Gianni Munari, and Middlesbrough who came from behind to beat Bolton 2-1 with summer acquisition Garcia Kike grabbing the winner.
Brentford also grabbed an away win, as Alex Pritchard and Stuart Dallas scored to overcome an early Blackpool lead.
Ipswich Town stole a point at Birmingham City, as Christophe Berra, with one tally to his name already, netted in the 94th minute for a 2-2 draw.
Wednesday’s action will see Fulham and German disciplinarian Felix Magath seek to get off the mark against Wolverhampton after two defeats following their relegation from the Premier League.
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