Chopra at the double for Ipswich
Sunday 07 August 2011
Michael Chopra scored twice as Ipswich Town, with six new faces in their starting line-up, began the Championship campaign in style beating Bristol City 3-0 at Ashton Gate.
After 13 minutes Mark Kennedy set up Chopra, signed from Cardiff City in the summer, who ran on to the pass and lobbed in from outside the penalty area. Lee Martin added the second six minutes into the second half, and on the hour Jamal Campbell-Ryce's weak back pass saw Chopra catch the Robins goalkeeper David James in possession and slip the ball into the empty net.
"A good start but we don't want to get carried away as there is a long arduous season ahead of us," Ipswich's manager Paul Jewell told the club's official website. And Chopra? "A constant threat."
At the Riverside, Portsmouth twice came from behind to earn a point in a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. Boro led through Marvin Emnes after 26 minutes but two minutes after the break David Norris, a summer signing from Ipswich, levelled. Rhys Williams re-established Boro's lead, but Luke Varney, another summer acquisition, from Derby, earned Pompey's point with an injury-time equaliser.
Promoted Peterborough United trailed at home at half-time to Crystal Palace after Sean Scannell's goal just past the half-hour, but Posh were free-scoring in League One that's still the case as goals by Grant McCann and David Ball saw them win.
Substitutions by Burnley's manager Eddie Howe helped the Clarets rescue a point at home to Watford. Goals by Craig Forsyth and Mark Yeates put the Hornets in charge, but Charlie Austin, on at half-time, pulled one back after 77 minutes and Keith Treacy, signed from local rivals Preston, entered the fray just after the hour and equalised with six minutes remaining.
Promotion favourites Huddersfield were held 1-1 at home by Bury, while Uwe Rosler's tenure as Brentford manager started with a 2-0 win over Yeovil. Both Sheffield sides won 2-0, Wednesday at home to Rochdale; United at Oldham. Preston, relegated with the Blades, lost 4-2 at home to Colchester.
Paolo di Canio's attempt to revive the fortunes of Swindon in his first managerial role saw the Robins beat visitors Crewe 3-0. Crawley Town, who ran away with the Conference, began League life with a 2-2 draw at Port Vale.
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