Championship round-up: MK Dons start second tier life with fine victory

first_imgChampionship new boys MK Dons began life in the second tier with a fine 4-1 away victory at Rotherham, as sides went to battle again in the opening weekend of the new season.The Dons sealed promotion by finishing runners-up in League One last term, and they took to their step up like a duck to water as on-loan forward Robert Hall opened the scoring after just four minutes.Rotherham got themselves back in the game just moments later when Matt Derbyshire nodded home from a corner on 12 minutes, but an own goal from Danny Collins put the visitors back in front inside the half-hour mark.Dean Bowditch converted from close-range to make it three before the break, while last season’s Player of the Year Carl Baker capped off a wonderful display with the fourth goal late on, sending the Dons to the top of the Championship table on goal difference.Meanwhile, Brentford fought back from two goals down to claim a point against Ipswich, with the Bees scoring twice in stoppage-time to seal a 2-2 draw at Griffin Park.Kevin Bru opened the scoring for Ipswich on the stroke of the half-time whistle and Ryan Fraser doubled their lead just five minutes after the re-start.But the hosts battled back late on as star man Andre Gray slammed the ball home in the first minute of added time, before James Tarkowski went from creator to scorer with a last-gasp header to claim a brilliant share of the spoils.There were mixed fortunes for the relegated Premier League sides on their return to the second tier, with Hull securing three points but Queens Park Rangers tasted defeat.Steve Bruce had two summer signings to thank for a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield, with midfielder Sam Clucas and on-loan Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom on target for the Tigers, while QPR were stunned by the same scoreline at Charlton, with second-half goals from Tony Watt and Morgan Fox sealing victory for the Addicks.Birmingham City held off a second-half fightback from Reading to win 2-1 at St Andrews; David Cotterill and Jon-Miquel Toral netting either side of half-time, while Nick Blackman’s strike proved not enough for the Royals.Sheffield Wednesday struck twice in the second-half to sink Bristol City 2-0 at Hillsborough, while Wolves beat Blackburn 2-1 thanks to Dave Edwards’s match-winning strike, after Rovers midfielder Craig Conway equalised Benik Afobe’s opener.Elsewhere, Bolton were left frustrated as they hit the bar three times in the second-half but couldn’t find the net in a goalless stalemate with Derby County at the Macron Stadium.Earlier in he day, Cardiff drew 1-1 with Fulham thanks to Craig Noone’s wonder goal, while Burnley came from behind to share the points with Leeds. MK Dons star Carl Baker 1last_img

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