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Sky Blues not yet thinking of promotion


Clinton Morrison scored his third Championship goal of the season as Coventry City beat Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell to become the only side in the division to take six points from their first two matches.

Chris Coleman's Sky Blues led from the eighth minute thanks to Leon Best's thunderous free kick after a foul on Morrison. A second yellow card saw The Tykes' Rob Kozluk sent off just before the hour. Morrison's 81st-minute volleyed wrapped up the win.

Not one to get carried away, Coleman said: "There are another 44 games to go so there's a long way to go," but added, "we've got a better feeling in the squad than last year."

After their 4-0 romp last week, Cardiff City had to settle for a point at Blackpool. The Bluebirds led after 12 minutes when Michael Chopra claimed his third goal of the season, but Pool levelled before the break, Ian Evatt firing in from the edge of the penalty area. "It is lovely to see your great big defender curling a goal in like that," Seasiders' manager Ian Holloway said. His side won 16 corners but none were made to count.

Two relegated sides have made solid starts. Middlesbrough beat Swansea City 3-0 in South Wales, Adam Johnson scoring the first after 32 minutes, Marvin Emnes' fine 52nd-minute strike making it 2-0 and Tuncay Sunli scrambling in the third. But West Bromwich Albion needed some help from Nottingham Forest to win 1-0 at the City Ground. Chris Cohen gifted them an own goal and then Robert Earnshaw fired a Forest penalty wide.

Leicester City dominated Ipswich Town at Portman Road but couldn't find the finishing touch and settled for a 0-0 draw as a disjointed Ipswich Town took their first point under manager Roy Keane. "We're professionals and have got to do better," he said.

Keith Treacy's run and cross set up Jamie Ward's first for Sheffield United as the Blades beat Watford 2-0 at Bramall Lane. Ched Evans wrapped up the scoring with a goal on his home League debut. Manager Kevin Blackwell praised the striker's "good instincts both in terms of his passing and his finishing".

Crystal Palace striker Freddie Sears fired into the bottom corner of the Bristol City net, the ball struck the stanchion at the back of the goal and bounced straight out. No goal said referee Rob Shoebridge after consulting his linesman. Which made Nicky Maynard's late goal a very bitter pill as the Robins won 1-0 at Ashton Gate.

Scunthorpe United's Gary Hooper scored twice as the Iron beat Derby County 3-2. The Rams twice fought back but had no reply to Martyn Woolford's goal eight minutes from time.

Another promoted side, Peterborough United, earned their first Championship point when Craig Mackail-Smith's header earned a 1-1 draw with visitors Sheffield Wednesday.

Last week Queen's Park Rangers needed a very late goal to salvage a point at home; yesterday Kaspar Gorkss' own goal denied them a win as the QPR man gifted Plymouth Argyle a 1-1 draw at Home Park. Another late goal, at the Keepmoat Stadium, saw Doncaster Rovers' Adam Lockwood earn a 1-1 draw with Preston.

In League One, Colchester United beat Yeovil 2-1, Charlton won 2-0 at Hartlepool and Leeds United beat Wycombe 1-0 to establish the only 100 per cent records. Norwich City, who sacked manager Bryan Gunn in response last week's 7-1 defeat by Colchester, drew 1-1 at Exeter City. In League Two, the Sven effect continues at Notts County as they won 4-0 at Macclesfield, while Bournemouth also have two wins out of two after beating Rotherham 1-0. League newcomers Burton Albion got their first points of the season with a 5-2 defeat of Morecambe at the Pirelli Stadium.

In Scotland, Kenny Miller scored twice as SPL champions Rangers began their new campaign with a 4-1 win over Falkirk at Ibrox.