Championship opening-day round-up: Wins for Wigan, Reading and QPR on return to Championship while Yeovil stun Millwall

A round-up of the day's action in the SkyBet Championship

Barnsley 0 Wigan 4

Debut goals from Grant Holt and Leon Barnett helped ensure manger Owen Coyle enjoyed a successful start to life at Wigan as the Latics won 4-0 at 10-man Barnsley.

The two summer signings produced scrappy second-half finishes to add to Ben Watson's screamer before Shaun Maloney completed the scoring for the FA Cup holders at Oakwell.

Barnsley struggled throughout and were forced to play the final 25 minutes a man down after substitute Dale Jennings was dismissed moments into his Tykes debut for a challenge on James McCarthy.

Wigan playmaker Maloney had the first clear-cut chance of the game in the 13th minute but his first-time left-foot effort at the back post was blocked by the legs of Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele following Jean Beausejour's left-wing centre.

The Tykes responded five minutes later when midfielder Jacob Mellis'goalbound strike was blocked by the Wigan backline before the resultant loose ball was scrambled behind for a corner with striker Chris Dagnall ready to pounce inside the six-yard box.

Wigan players felt they should have had a penalty just before the midway point of the first half but referee Geoff Eltringham dismissed the appeals following a coming-together between Latics defender Barnett and Barnsley's Scott Golbourne.

The visitors were not to be denied an opener for long and made the most of their superiority in possession eight minutes before the break when central midfielder Watson picked up the ball 25-yards from goal and drove a powerful effort into the bottom left corner beyond the dive of keeper Steele.

Latics midfielder McCarthy went close to doubling the away side's advantage when his 42nd-minute shot from the right-hand side was repelled by Barnsley captain Steele.

Wigan missed two presentable opportunities to extend their lead in the opening minutes of the second half before debutant Holt eventually gave Owen Coyle's side breathing space in the 54th minute.

Frontman Holt, a £2million summer signing from Norwich, diverted home a goalbound strike from Latics captain Emmerson Boyce after the hosts failed to fully clear a right-wing corner.

Barnsley's day then went from bad to worse when Jennings was shown a straight red card on the hour mark, five minutes into his Tykes debut. The former Bayern Munich man lunged at Wigan midfielder McCarthy just moments after replacing left-back Tom Kennedy and referee Eltringham had little hesitation in dismissing the 20-year-old.

The hosts failed to create a clear cut chance throughout the game and Wigan made the most of their numerical advantage in the final stages to add to the scoreline.

Central defender Barnett poked in past Steele from close-range to put the contest beyond doubt 11 minutes from time before Maloney completed the rout with a simple tap-in in the 88th minute following a pull-back from substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune.


Doncaster 1 Blackpool 3

A towering 87th-minute header from summer signing Gary MacKenzie snatched victory for Blackpool after newly promoted Doncaster had looked to have done enough for point on their return to the Championship.

Rovers had battled back from behind when skipper Rob Jones had scored a carbon copy of MacKenzie's header from a corner on the hour.

The visitors had snatched the lead in the 17th minute when new signing Steven Davies celebrated his debut with a simple goal from close range.

But Rovers showed their mettle in the second half and were rewarded with Jones' leveller before being cruelly hit by two late goals.

MacKenzie struck in the 87th minute before Tom Ince grabbed a third for good measure deep into injury time.

Blackpool had the better of the earlier skirmishes as both sides took some time to settle at the start.

They had the first chance in the ninth minute following a left-wing cross from Bobby Grant but teenage full-back James Husband did well to nick the ball off Tom Ince's toes.

But the visitors had a lucky escape moments later when Chris Brown headed inches wide from Mark Duffy's right-wing cross with Matt Gilks beaten.

Ross Turnbull was almost caught unawares when he had to parry a shot from Davies at the near post after the striker had tried his luck from a difficult angle.

But the resulting corner led to Tangerines making the breakthrough in the 17th minute.

Angel Martinez's shot from the edge of the box was partially saved by Turnbull who did remarkably well to recover and parry Kirk Broadfoot's follow up shot.

But the ball ran straight to the feet of Davies who had a simple tap in from close range.

David Cotterill had a 20 yard free kick saved by Gilks when Rovers tried to hit back and then Duffy blasted a chance over the top in the 35th minute.

Chances went begging again from Rovers when Brown had an effort saved and Richie Wellens headed over the bar from close range on the stroke of half time.

Rovers applied pressure at the start of the second half and were rewarded when they equalised on the hour.

Cotterill delivered a splendid corner and Jones rose high to send a powerful header into the back of the net.

Play went off the boil for a spell with both teams becoming bogged down in midfield before the dramatic late finale.

Ince missed a golden opportunity to restore Blackpool's lead in the 84th minute when he rolled the ball wide of the mark after being gifted an opening by defender Paul Quinn.

But the visitors' persistence was rewarded in the 87th minute when MacKenzie headed home unchallenged from Ince's corner.

Doncaster piled everyone forward in a bid to fight back and Ince cashed in when he fired a low curving shot into the unguarded net from 40 yards after Turnbull had gone up for a Rovers' corner and could not get back in time to prevent the goal.


Reading 2 Ipswich 1

Reading made a winning start in their bid to return straight back into the Premier League by coming from behind to beat Ipswich 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium.

The victory was the first time Reading had won their opening game of the season since 2006.

Former Reading man Jay Tabb gave Ipswich a 16th-minute lead but a Cole Skuse own goal put Reading level a minute before half- time.

With 16 minutes to go Danny Guthrie scored the winner with a spectacular solo goal.

Guthrie was all on his own midway into the Ipswich half and beat Ipswich Scott Loach with a fierce effort which went over the keeper's head.

The opening goal had come from former Reading player Tabb, now an Ipswich player after spending the end of last season on loan with Mick McCarthy's side.

His 16th-minute shot was well saved by Alex McCarthy but as Reading scrambled to clear the ball it ran back to Tabb and he made no mistake with a low drive into the net.

Reading were posing few threats at this stage and their equaliser a minute before half-time was unexpected.

Garath McCleary sent in a deep cross from the left and Reading striker Adam Le Fondre jumped together with Skuse and Tyrone Mings.

The ball arrived in the middle of all three and it looked initially as if Le Fondre had headed the ball into the net but replays indicated that it was a Skuse own goal.

The goal came at a point when Reading fans were becoming restless at their side's attempt to threaten a solid Ipswich defence with a stream of high balls to Le Fondre.

The goal was a blow for an Ipswich side who must have been well pleased with their first half performance only to find themselves pegged back right on half-time.

McCleary sliced over the bar early in the second half before Tabb went close to getting a second for the visitors.

McCleary then fed Royston Drenthe and he set up Le Fondre only for his back heel to send the ball just wide of the goal.

David McGoldrick went close for Ipswich before Drenthe saw his effort from close range kept out.

Guthrie then made sure of the points for the home side with his effort from long range.

There were six minutes of injury time but the home side held on for the win.


Queens Park Rangers 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Andrew Johnson marked his return from lengthy injury lay-off by netting his first goal for 21 months as QPR today started life back in the SkyBet Championship with a win against Sheffield Wednesday.

Having suffered cruciate ligament damage in just his third game for the club, the 32-year-old former England international could only watch on helplessly as the west Londoners were relegated last season.

Johnson returned to the fold today and impressed as Harry Redknapp's side got life back in the second tier off to a promising start.

The hosts, including former captain Joey Barton for the first time in 447 days, showed a steely determination rarely seen during their tumultuous two-year stay in the Premier League, refusing to crumble after impressive debutant Atdhe Nuhiu gave Wednesday an early lead.

Nedum Onuoha drew QPR level in the 40th minute when he directed home a Junior Hoilett strike, before Johnson netted his first goal since November 2011 three minutes later.

Substitute Jacques Maghoma rattled the post as Wednesday pushed for a leveller but QPR held firm to pick up their first win since March 9.

Talk in the build-up surrounded QPR's surprise inclusion of Barton - his first appearance for the club since an infamous violent outburst at Manchester City on the last day of the 2011/12 season.

Barton spent last term on loan at Marseille and declared in May he would never play in the Championship.

Yet today he was one of six changes Redknapp made to the side that started the last game of last season.

Not only that, he played alongside summer signing Karl Henry - someone he has had public rows with on and off the pitch in the past.

Barton could yet leave before the transfer window closes but looked focused on the job in hand this afternoon.

Hoilett and Johnson had chances as QPR began brightly, but Nuhiu, who spent time on trial with Premier League new boys Crystal Palace before joining Wednesday, stabbed wide in the 13th minute.

It was a warning shot QPR failed to heed and the 6ft 6in striker opened his account seven minutes later, cutting in from the right before firing an excellent driven effort past Robert Green.

The Hoops wasted a fine chance to level as the half-hour mark approached, with Barton sending an exquisite right-wing cross that Hoilett could only fire over.

The Rs continued to push and, after Michail Antonio's penalty appeals were waved away, managed to level in the 40th minute.

Hoilett, proving a constant threat on the left flank, cut inside and struck goalwards, with defender Onuoha directing home from close range - his first goal since November 2010.

The home fans were again on their feet three minutes later.

Chris Kirkland did well to deny a point-blank Barton header, but the ball fell kindly for Johnson to mark his first appearance in 11 months with his first QPR goal.

Wednesday returned for the second half strongly and Antonio should have levelled when put through clear on goal shortly after the restart.

Maghoma, on as a first-half substitute for the injured Jo Mattock, was booked for taking a tumble over Barton's leg in the box, before then smashing a shot off the goal frame.

Redknapp introduced new signing Charlie Austin for the remaining 20 minutes and the former Burnley striker forced Kirkland into a save shortly after his introduction.

He headed just over as the clock wound down but despite his best efforts, and those of Hoilett and Armand Traore, there were no more goals in Shepherds Bush.


Leeds 2 Brighton 1

Leeds' first million-pound player in eight years made an immediate impression on his new club as Luke Murphy scored a 94th-minute winner to see off Brighton at a sold-out Elland Road.

The 23-year-old midfielder joined United from Crewe last month and his eight-figure fee - the first time the club have paid such an amount for a player since they signed Richard Cresswell in 2005 - has installed him as a beacon of hope to Leeds' fans.

On a day which saw them celebrate the start of an advertised new era following the summer ousting of controversial former chairman Ken Bates, it was perhaps fitting for them that Murphy should make a late run into the box and down last season's play-off semi-finalists.

Prior to Murphy's intervention a draw was on the cards, with Ross McCormack having cancelled out Leonardo Ulloa's opener for a Brighton side coming to terms with changes of their own, with manager Oscar Garcia having replaced Gus Poyet over the summer.

But the crowd of 33,432 would be left celebrating come the end as Murphy struck, giving former Barcelona man Garcia a rude awakening to life in the hustle and bustle of the SkyBet Football League.

Had Paddy Kenny not made three brilliant saves to deny them it could have been a different story, but with Leeds having squandered chances of their own, it was always going to settle with the side which could make an opportunity count.

Leeds had not appeared so sure-footed early on, however, and it was Brighton who made the first impression as Andrea Orlandi forced Kenny into action from 25 yards.

The early stages certainly gave a nod to Garcia's philosophy - Brighton were happy to roll the ball around - and with 13 minutes gone it bore fruit as Ulloa haunted Leeds again.

The ex-Almeria man booked Brighton's play-off place with a last-minute winner against Leeds in April and was on the spot again today, nipping ahead of Tom Lees to tuck an Andrew Crofts cross under Kenny's body.

Ulloa's strike briefly took the sting out of the atmosphere, but within five minutes Leeds were level.

Michael Tonge dug out a cross from wide on the right, and when Luke Varney's flick fell to McCormack, the Scotland international did the rest from just inside the box.

The goal appeared to give Leeds an assurance they had lacked early on and Murphy was unfortunate to see a 25-yarder flash wide, while fellow debutant Noel Hunt lifted one over from six yards as he fell under pressure from Matt Upson.

Clear chances dried up after that and it was not until the 55th minute that either goal was threatened again - Varney cutting in on the counter attacking but fluffing his lines and dragging wide.

Brighton had been largely contained since their goal at that point, but suddenly reintroduced themselves to the game at the three-quarter mark with only Kenny stopping them from regaining the lead.

Substitute Will Buckley cut in from the right and pulled back for Crofts, whose instinctive first-time shot was well saved by Kenny, but the former Republic of Ireland international had to be even better on the follow-up as he smothered an Inigo Calderon strike at his near post.

Tonge was then left in a heap and appealing for a penalty as Leeds looked to regain some momentum, while substitute Poleon could have put them ahead without the need for a spot-kick had he done better when hooking a loose ball goalwards.

Poleon - rated highly by McDermott - then nodded a cross wide from six yards as United sought a second, which really should have arrived when Paul Green crashed over after Tomasz Kuszczak parried another Poleon shot in the 90th minute.

Even then there was time for Kenny to deny Buckley with a stunning two-handed stop, before Murphy ran on to a Matt Smith flick to beat Kuszczak from six yards.


Bournemouth 2 Charlton 1

Star striker Lewis Grabban scored twice to inspire Bournemouth to an opening day victory over ten-man Charlton.

Grabban, 25, found the back of the net either side of a stunning Yann Kermorgrant scissor-kick to give the Cherries all three points on their return to the second tier of English football.

Things got worse for Charlton when Bradley Pritchard saw red late on for Chris Powell's side after a two-footed lunge on substitute Ryan Fraser.

It was the London side who started brightly and left-winger Callum Harriott fired the game's first chance over the bar after six minutes.

But Bournemouth responded well and after new French recruit Mohamed Coulibaly had curled a right-footed effort wide, they took a deserving lead after 26 minutes.

Good work down the right from Steve Cook forced a corner which Marc Pugh took quickly to Harry Arter.

The former Charlton academy prospect curled in a left-foot cross which Lewis Grabban rose highest to meet and guide past a stranded Ben Hamer.

Former Charlton star Scott Parker would have been proud of his brother-in-law Arter, who was the driving force in Bournemouth's midfield.

The promoted side were flying and Wes Thomas was inches away from doubling the lead minutes later but his sliding effort from a Pugh cross whistled just wide.

Grabban then went on a duel with his nemesis Hamer but came off second best with the goalkeeper denying the forward's next three attempts.

Charlton were looking to carry on from where they left off last season where a good run of form saw them finish just three points outside the play-off places.

As they pushed for an equaliser their new loan signing, former Olympic striker Marvin Sordell, exchanged passes with Harriott, who dragged a left-foot drive wide of Ryan Allsop's post.

Straight after the break they were back on level terms. Shaun MacDonald deflected a Harriott cross into the path of Kermorgrant, who acrobatically rifled a scissor kick past a stunned Allsop.

But they were not level for long. Grabban, who scored 13 goals last season, picked up the ball after 66 minutes and drove right-footed past an outstretched Hamer to send the home fans wild.

Wales international Simon Church, who only signed for The Valley club in the week, was introduced soon after but failed to inspire an equaliser.

The closest they came to grabbing a point was when Pritchard had a header cleared off the line by Cherries new boy Elliott Ward after 80 minutes.

Moments later the result was all but sealed when Pritchard took an early bath for his frustrated lunge on Fraser.


Middlesbrough 1 Leicester 2

Leicester came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in an an entertaining opening game to the SkyBet Championship season at the Riverside.

Boro bossed the first half and deservedly led at the break but the visitors took complete control after half-time.

Boro started brightly and created the first chance after three minutes as Grant Leadbitter flicked on into the box for Lukas Jutkiewicz to curl just wide of the near post.

Then they won a free-kick 25 yards out but Leadbitter's effort dipped over the wall and straight into the keeper's hands.

Leicester centre-back Zak Whitbread was hurt in a collision with Jonathan Woodgate attacking a corner in the Boro box and after lengthy treatment he was stretchered off after 18 minutes with Liam Moore coming on.

Leicester had a good spell and Boro were forced to make some timely tackles to keep them at bay.

The visitors had their first real chance after 33 minutes when they won a free-kick 25 yards out and Chris Wood drilled in a low 25-yard effort that keeper Jason Steele went full length to save.

But Boro broke out to take the lead after 35 minutes as Mustapha Carayol curled a cross to the near post and Riverside old boy Sean St Ledger, under pressure from Jutkiewicz, got a glancing header at the near post that squeezed in for an own goal.

Boro went close twice before the break as first Jutkiewicz then Carayol cut into the box to have low angled efforts saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

They could have gone further ahead stoppage time as Marvin Emnes danced into the box, rounded a defender and drew the keeper out but as he checked inside to shoot, team-mate Leadbitter arrived to hammer in an effort that Schmeichel did well to get back and block.

After the break it was a different story as Leicester grabbed control of the game from the off.

Jamie Vardy chased a long ball forward into the box but Steele dashed off his line to save at the striker's feet.

Leicester had a penalty appeal after 55 minutes as a Wood chip towards goal was cleared weakly by Williams and as the ball rolled free, Boro's Dean Whitehead barged Danny Drinkwater aside to clear but the referee waved play on.

And after a strong spell of pressure Leicester levelled on the hour with Drinkwater slamming a sizzling 20-yard drive through a crowded box and into the top corner.

Leicester got a second goal after 67 minutes as David Nugent peeled to the left and slotted a neat ball forward for Vardy to race clear of Williams and get into the box before lifting it past the advancing Steele.

Boro almost pulled one back quickly as a corner fell to Whitehead 12 yards out but his half-volley flew just over the bar.

Leicester should have had a third after 78 minutes as Ritchie De Laet sent Nugent down the right and as Boro's defence stood rooted the striker wandered into the box to crack a low angled shot that Steele did well to block at the near post.

And the Foxes went close again after 87 minutes as Drinkwater sent Vardy racing forward to drill in a low shot that Steele pushed onto the post.


Burnley 1 Bolton 1

Darren Pratley's sweet first-half strike earned a draw for Bolton against local rivals Burnley as their closely-fought battle raised the curtain on the new Championship season.

Pratley found space inside the area to fire home Chris Eagles' cutback and earn a share of the spoils after Danny Ings' deflected effort off David Wheater had put the Clarets into the lead.

The Clarets started last season with a win, and then lost their next three league matches but this time around it was they who made the early running in the Lancashire derby.

Kieran Trippier's long-range effort was the closest the home side, starting life without last season's top goalscorer Charlie Austin, came in the opening exchanges but his shot was claimed comfortably by Adam Bogdan.

Medo Kamara fired over from distance for the visitors on 18 minutes before the Clarets survived a shout for a penalty, Kevin Long tangling with Pratley.

The deadlock was broken on 26 minutes and it was the home side who took a deserved lead.

Striker Ings latched onto a Sam Vokes' flick racing past Wheater and bundling home via a deflection from the Wanderers' centre-back.

Bolton continued to probe with Lee Chung-yong and former Burnley winger Eagles finding plenty of room out wide

And they found themselves level on 37 minutes, Pratley slamming home from 12 yards out after a neat cut-back from Eagles.

That left honours even after an opening 45 minutes in which both sides enjoyed plenty of possession but failed to create much in the final third.

After a markedly slower start to the second half, Junior Stanislas was the first to try his luck with a curling free-kick which was spilled behind for a corner by Bogdan 10 minutes after the restart.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman was forced into a change around the hour mark, Eagles - injured in a clash with David Jones minutes earlier - replaced by David Ngog.

Both sides continued to press without much end product with Dean Marney and Stanislas smashing wildly over from distance after corners were only half cleared.

But the away side almost scrambled their way in front on 75 minutes, Lee's corner getting stuck in the feet of Ngog before the Clarets were able to clear.

Substitute Craig Davies looked a threat when he was introduced with 11 minutes to go and almost made an immediate impact, stinging the fingertips of Tom Heaton from distance just seconds after his arrival.

Freedman masterminded a late bid for the play-offs last season but it was the Clarets who finished the game in the ascendancy as both sides had to settle for a point.


Millwall 0 Yeovil 1

Ed Upson's late strike gave Yeovil their first-ever win in the second tier of English football as they edged past Millwall at The Den.

Gary Johnson's men were made to work hard for their three points as Millwall's new-look strike force of Andy Keogh and the returning Steve Morison, along with winger James Henry, all had chances to win the game.

But Yeovil stood firm and nicked the result at the death through midfielder Upson.

The visitors had their goalkeeper Marek Stech to thank for making a number of important saves to keep their side in the game before Upson chanced his luck with just three minutes remaining.

It was Millwall, under new manager Steve Lomas, who had the first real chance of the match when Shane Lowry sent a powerful cross in for Morison but the on-loan Leeds striker could not keep his free header on target.

Minutes later, it was Keogh who headed wide of Stench's goal with a glancing effort.

Yeovil's first effort came through James Hayter, who tried to lob David Forde only to see his effort go just wide.

They had an even better chance after 15 minutes when debutant Dan Seabourne's downward header was well saved by Forde on the line.

For all of their good work going forward, Yeovil struggled to find the openings in front of goal.

Probably the best chance of the first half fell to Henry. The midfielder played a neat one-two with Morison and saw his effort smothered by Stech when he looked favourite to score.

Henry then turned provider as he got to the byline to whip in a cross which Keogh snatched at and sent wide - with Morison better positioned behind him.

It was Henry who continued to cause problems in the second half, watching his effort tipped over the bar by Stech as Millwall looked the brighter after the restart.

Henry was again at the heart of the action soon after as he missed an open goal. Morison charged down Byron Webster's misplaced back pass and the ball fell to the Millwall winger 25 yards from goal, but he could not keep his shot on target despite Stech being stranded.

Lions boss Lomas introduced summer signing Nicky Bailey after the break and the former Middlesbrough man tried to create chances for Morison, but with little luck.

As the game looked to be heading for a goalless draw, Yeovil pushed forward and grabbed the winner.

Millwall failed to deal with a corner and the ball fell to Upson on the edge of the area. He took the ball down well and fired it into the bottom corner past a helpless Forde.

The home side looked stunned at the late goal and little time to recover as Yeovil hung on for their first win of the season.


Birmingham 0 Watford 1

Troy Deeney's 11-minute strike proved to be the winner as last year's losing Championship play-off finalists Watford began this season with a narrow victory at Birmingham.

Earlier this year, Deeney was twice on the mark in a 4-0 win against the Blues and today, he scored a vital early winner against his boyhood club to give the Hornets a perfect start to the new campaign.

The confidence he displayed in notching his first-half goal highlighted why he is one of the most dangerous strikers in the division.

The visitors made a positive start to the new campaign as if to make amends for their disappointment last May.

Manager Gianfranco Zola seemingly has his team in fine shape as they aim to build upon last season's impressive form.

Birmingham, on the other hand, were a little disjointed in their 1,000th home game in the second tier of league football although they displayed a lot of spirit in the second half when they were unsuccessful in their bid to snatch a point.

Following an early Birmingham onslaught it was Deeney who demonstrated the kind of clinical finishing which made him so outstanding last season.

Birmingham attempted to over-run the Hornets but it was Watford's confidence on the ball which emerged as a feature of the game.

This was shown when Fernando Forestieri played a quick one-two with Deeney, which resulted in the Watford striker guiding home a low right-foot shot to the left of Darren Randolph.

With eight newcomers, none of whom cost a fee, in the ranks, the hosts had to regroup as quickly as possible but it was Watford who slipped effortlessly into the groove to display a high class of football.

Ikechi Anya proved a live-wire on Watford's left and gave Birmingham's big defence a torrid time when in possession.

There was, however, plenty of promising play from Birmingham with the former Inverness midfield man, Andrew Shinnie, in particular showing positive approach in his first ever Championship game.

As Watford gained the upper hand in the closing stages of the first half it was significant that Birmingham had three players, Tom Adeyemi, Dan Burn and skipper Paul Robinson booked for reckless tackles.

Birmingham produced a battling second-half performance but the lack of fire-power against a resolute Watford defence.

Their best goal attempts came from a Wade Elliott effort which clipped the cross bar and a bobbling shot by Burn which goalkeeper Manuel Almunia hastily pushed clear.

Burn, on loan from Fulham, continued to be Birmingham's main threat.

The 6ft 6ins tall central defender moved up for a corner only to see his header fly just wide in a hectic finish which saw Watford hanging on grimly to their slender lead.

Tempers became a little frayed and Lee Novak became the fourth Birmingham player to receive a yellow card as the hosts grew frustrated by their inability to obtain a face saving equaliser.


Nottingham Forest 1 Huddersfield 0

Nottingham Forest netted just their second goal in seven opening day fixtures to start their Sky Bet Championship campaign with a closely-fought win over Huddersfield.

Henri Lansbury struck in the 52nd minute to help Billy Davies' side claim three points from their first game for just the second time in seven seasons.

James Vaughan twice came close to netting for the visitors, but Mark Robins' side - who had scored in nine of their last 10 opening day games - could not find a way through.

Forest's team included the rejuvenated Matt Derbyshire, a striker who had started only eight games for the club in the past two seasons.

He had enjoyed a prolific pre-season, scoring four goals, to play his way back into a starting line-up that included three of Forest's eight summer additions.

Jack Hobbs, signed from Hull, and former Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj were included in a new look back four, while Jamie Mackie, brought in from QPR, was included in a fluid Forest attack.

Huddersfield also included three of their own eight summer additions, with Martin Paterson, the former Burnley player, playing just off Vaughan, who had seen last season's loan move from Norwich made permanent. Jonathan Hogg was included in midfield after signing from Watford.

Paterson was the first to threaten for either side, pulling the trigger on the edge of the box, with his shot taking a wicked deflection off Hobbs that had keeper Karl Darlow looking on nervously as it looped over.

Initially, Forest's most notable response was a crisp, rising 20-yard shot from Adlene Guedioura that narrowly cleared the bar.

But the home side did begin to find a little momentum, with Lichaj curling in a powerful cross with the outside of his right boot which threatened to bend inside the far post before flying wide.

Vaughan almost ended the stalemate within a minute of the restart, Adam Clayton sending him striding into the box and Darlow producing a smart save at his near post, getting down quickly to push away the striker's arrowing shot.

But it was Forest who took the lead as a swift exchange of passes between Andy Reid and Chris Cohen sent the Forest skipper darting into the area from the left, where he drew the keeper before squaring for Lansbury to score into an unguarded net from close range in the 52nd minute.

Vaughan should have scored when Paul Dixon picked him out with a left wing cross, but headed wide.

Forest almost netted a second when Hobbs flicked a Reid free-kick towards the far post, where Derbyshire was agonisingly close to making contact, but in the end one was enough.