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Wigan flying high

Ben Watson fired Wigan into the lead. Credit: PA
Grant Holt celebrates a debut goal, Wigan's second of the game. Credit: PA
Leon Barnett looks pleased about bagging his team's third goal. Credit: PA

Wigan were the stand out performers on the opening day of the Championship season, thumping Barnsley 4-0 at Oakwell.

Elsewhere, there were victories for Watford, Bournemouth, Blackpool, Leeds, Leicester, Yeovil, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Reading.


Flitcroft sticks with Tykes

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft has agreed a new deal to remain in charge of the club on a permanent basis.

The 39-year-old steered the Tykes to npower Championship survival following their last-day draw at Huddersfield after taking on the role of manager at the end of December.

Barnsley Football Club are delighted to announce that David Flitcroft has agreed terms and will remain as first-team manager at Oakwell.

The new deal will also keep David Flitcroft's assistant manager Micky Mellon, technical coach Martin Scott and the other backroom staff at Oakwell.

– Statement on the Barnsley website

Zola needs a favour from Barnsley

Nice guys finish second? Watford boss Zola celebrates their massive win at Leicester. Credit: PA

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola hopes the unpredictability of this season's Championship continues today.

After keeping their automatic promotion push alive with a 2-1 win at Leicester to move within a point of second-placed Hull, Watford need Barnsley to tame the Tigers at Oakwell this afternoon.

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