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Summary

  1. FT: Sunderland 1-1 Derby, Forest 1-0 Millwall
  2. Bradley Johnson gives Derby lead, Lewis Grabban levels from spot
  3. Barrie McKay scores winner on Forest debut
  4. Simon Grayson took charge of relegated Sunderland for first time
  5. Get involved at #bbcefl: Who are your dark horses in the EFL this season?

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum and Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

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Off to a flier

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Gary Rowett and Simon Grayson
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Yep, it's true. It might have been a 1-1 draw between two potential promotion hopefuls in Sunderland and Derby and a narrow 1-0 win for Nottingham Forest against Millwall but we had plenty of drama, excitement and incident in two games to suggest we're in for another cracking season.

We do it all again tomorrow with the EFL live from 11:00 BST, and on Sunday with live coverage of Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United.

Throw in the FA Cup live stream and there really isn't anywhere else you ought to be this weekend than BBC Sport.

Until then, thanks for being with us tonight, have a good evening.

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Mark Warburton
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I doubt many Millwall fans, unless they're absolute masochists, will be reading this report.

Forest fans, revelling in new-found optimism, might be tempted to print it out and frame it.

If you do want to know how the Lions failed to maul Forest tonight, then Owen Phillips' report is an eloquent and entertaining a method of doing so.

Mark Warburton

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Barrie McKay's debut strike earns Nottingham Forest an opening-day win over a Millwall side who waste numerous chances.

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Sunderland 1-1 Derby County

Lewis Grabban celebrates with James Vaughan
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Not the horror show some Sunderland fans might have predicted, as they came from behind to earn a point on life back in the Championship against Derby.

The Rams themselves kick off with a point on what could prove to be a tough trip as the season progresses.

Here's Steve Marshall's report.

Lewis Grabban celebrates with James Vaughan

Sunderland 1-1 Derby County

Sunderland come from behind to earn a point as they begin life back in the Championship with a draw against Derby.

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Up for t'Cup

The FA Cup on the BBC

The FA Cup in Per Mertersacker's hands
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For those of you who think the FA Cup begins in January with the arrival of the big boys... think again.

Fans will be transported to the real grassroots, just as they have in rugby league with the Challenge Cup, with the broadcast of a tie from each round on the BBC Sport website.

Tomorrow is the big kick off, with Litherland REMYCA taking on AFC Liverpool. Here's all the info you'll need.

Post-match reaction

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton told BBC Radio Nottingham: "Millwall were very good. They deserved something from the game.

"They were direct, they were effective. They won the first ball and created chances. Too many times we were loose in possession.

"To play like that and get three points, we are very relieved. We had some good points but were way below our normal level."

Post-match reaction

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson told Sky Sports: "I thought we played well.

"It was always going to be difficult with the hangover from last season but we started the game extremely well and they scored against the run of play.

"The players showed immense character to get back on it again and we made some good chances. We asked some questions for a good Derby team."

Post-match reaction

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Derby midfielder Tom Huddlestone told Sky Sports: "Sunderland had a couple of chances in the first half and Scott Carson had to play well and we were probably lucky to go in 1-1 at half-time.

"It's honours even and probably a fair result.

"We have a lot more in the tank. We can press and play better than we have shown today."

More EFL to immerse yourselves in...

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Steve Bruce and John Terry
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This is just the beginning my friends, of the bonanza of EFL delights to come across the weekend.

Tomorrow we reflect the first big weekend of football since the end of last term when the Championship, League One and League Two really get under way... with Aston Villa v Hull City the big focus at 17:30 BST.

Sunday sees Leeds United travel to Championship newbies (well, after a season away) Bolton Wanderers. We've live text on that one too.

Just the tip of the iceberg tonight of a season to come.

Post-match reaction

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole told Sky Sports: "I thought we started well and conceded against the run of play.

"It's not easy when you've been relegated and the lads are lacking confidence. I thoughts the lads were brave.

"Derby controlled a lot of the second half so a draw was probably a fair result."

FT: Sunderland 1-1 Derby, N.Forest 1-0 Millwall

Read and enjoy Nottingham Forest fans, for about 18 hours you are top of the league after tonight's 1-0 win against Millwall, who by the sounds of it deserved something from the game.

Derby fans won't be so chuffed by that news naturally, but they had much to cheer from their Championship draw at Sunderland.

FULL-TIME

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Well, they won't know how they did it but Nottingham Forest have beaten Millwall.

The Lions may take another five games to create this many chances.

Debutant Barrie McKay's brilliant first-half hit gives the Reds all three points. If you can't be good, be lucky.

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Another life for Forest. Another chance goes begging for Millwall.

Three minutes into injury time a quick throw-in ends with Fred Onyedinma well off target with his effort. Amazing.

FULL-TIME

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Breathless, frantic end to a very good game of football to open the Championship season with points shared by Sunderland and Derby County.

Sunderland showed backbone and mettle that has been lacking in recent years, particularly after their preseason defeat by Celtic, and get a well-earned point after a decent display.

Derby were under pressure at times in the game but showed their own threat and will look ruefully perhaps at chances for Chris Martin and David Nugent that were not taken.

All in all, a good point apiece and a fine contest. Welcome back to the Championship one and all.

CLOSE!

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

David Nugent chance
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David Nugent was in to settle it from a beautifully cushioned header from Craig Bryson to the striker, but the Derby forward misses! OUCH!

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Curtis Davis with a fend-off that Mal Meninga would have been proud of on George Honeyman as the Sunderland defender raided the Derby box. Boos ring out for the visitors' defender.

Then Derby go close when Bradley Johnson fires wide from the edge of the box.

Two minutes of added time.

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

James Vaughan and Richard Keogh trade death stares after a 50-50 and the former is booked for a late tackle on the Derby defender.

Into the final minute of normal time.

Craig Bryson on for the Rams.

INJURY TIME

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

There will be five minutes of stoppage-time at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Forest are looking relatively comfortable for just about the first time since the opening five minutes.

Less than a minute of normal time to go. Can the home side see this out or will Millwall get the goal they have so often threatened?

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

It's opening up as the two teams tire.

Sunderland have switched Aiden McGeady to the right where he's having plenty of joy, but his cross a moment ago was hooked too far wide and away to safety.

Is there a gamebreaker in these late stages?

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Please tell me it's commentator's curse. Let's have some goals.

Sunderland threaten down the right with George Honeyman who got past his man and cut it across. Corner.

Richard Keogh clears. Pressure back on the visitors though. Left side... then Lee Cattermole fails to get a clean connection on the volley six yards out...

PRESSURE!

CLOSE!

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Almost another debut goal for Forest, this time it's substitute Kieran Dowell whose rasping left-foot strike goes just wide.

Seven minutes remaining at the City Ground.

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Key intervention by Didier Ndong to stop Matej Vydra getting a shot away! Derby back on the offensive though...

Eight to go. Will Sunderland be tempted into a change?

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady fires a shot on goal that goes well wide. Matej Vydra had hammered a free-kick into the wall for Derby a moment before.

Destined for a 1-1 methinks...

CLOSE!

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

After Derby went 'close' at the Sunderland end, it's the Black Cats turn to have a pop.

James Vaughan was agonisingly close to a George Honeyman cross, Aiden McGeady had a shot blocked, and then the Irishman's swinging cross bounced out as Vaughan went down.

Derby have made another change with David Nugent coming on for Chris Martin. He's off to watch that replay again... or not.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Millwall disallowed goal
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Finally the net bulges for Milwall, but the goal is controversially ruled out. Steve Morison was celebrating with the away fans but his strike is ruled out for, we think for offside, after a fair delay.

When it's not your day.

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

We've got special tags for posts on here that say things like 'Close!' and 'Hit the woodwork!' and 'GOAL'. There should be one called 'What on earth was that?' for Chris Martin's effort just then.

Matej Vydra went steaming through and slipped a perfect ball to him left side of the box. Goal begging, Jason Steele ready to make a desperate block... SKIED IT.

He will not want to see that again. Ever. Peter Kay 'HAVE IT' style.

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Have Forest weathered the storm? It's been a fair storm to be fair, but somehow the Reds defence is intact.

No one quite knows how. But with 16 minutes to go plus injury time Millwall are running out of time.

The towering figure of Matt Mills may be introduced by the hosts. He looks like a man who could weather a storm.

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Derby have switched tactics. Chris Martin has been the 'outlet ball' for much of the game, using his size and presence as a hold-up play.

However, Matej Vydra has come on and he's a lot more mobile. More passing to feet, more angled passes and looking to work Sunderland's back-four over. Is that the key to success?

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Smart play between Matej Vydra and Andre Wisdom wins a corner down the right. Sunderland under pressure.

Until, that is, Jason Steele plucks the set-piece out of the air.

Then Aiden McGeady screws his face up in disgust as he's pinged for a foul. Not had much chance to test out those jinky feet tonight has he?

Aiden McGeady questions decision
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Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Sunderland appear to be leaving James Vaughan as a lone striker when defending, which makes breaking on this Derby side difficult.

Gary Rowett's organisational skills are excellent because you can see how structured this Rams side is when defending, attacking etc.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Andreas Weimann comes off for Derby and Matej Vydra comes on.

Just as Derby are imposing themselves on this game. Which given the flow of goals, means nowt.

GREAT SAVE!

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Jordan Smith
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Jordan Smith is having a blinding game and Millwall continue to pile on the pressure the Forest keeper pulls off a brilliant save as he rushes from his goal.

Jed Wallace is the man denied after some great work by Steve Morison.

The Lions are relentless.

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Sunderland fans have been distracted by the fact their legendary goalscorer Kevin Phillips is on the bench as a Derby coach. He's been serenaded by the home side faithful, quite audibly.

Meanwhile, a routine save for Jason Steele from Johnny Russell.

Matej Vydra poised to come on for Derby. Who will make way?

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Sunderland v Derby
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Cometh the hour, cometh... a sub? A goal?

Derby try to work it around the Sunderland box but are foiled, then Bradley Johnson, high on the euphoria of his first-half strike, thumps one high and wide.

1-1 it is.

Vote results

How will Sunderland get on this season?

Thanks again for taking the time to vote this evening.

We asked you how you think Sunderland will get on in the Championship this season.

53.5% of you think the Black Cats will finish mid-table, while 2% think they will bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt as champions and 4.3% that they will win automatic promotion.

I'm sure new boss Simon Grayson would be delighted for that 6.3% to be right...

SUBSTITUTION

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Millwall

Mark Warburton
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Forest are leading but manager Mark Warburton is not happy.

Millwall are still dominating and Warburton is desperate to get a grip on the midfield. Midfielders Kieran Dowell and Chris Cohen come on for Ben Osborn and Ben Brereton.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Lewis Grabban smacks a post! Derby dallied in midfield and Lee Cattermole pounced.

He unselfishly squares to Grabban who dug it out of his feet and lashed the shot toward goal. Stinger off the upright.

Let-off for Derby!

Get Involved at #bbcefl

Who are your surprise tips for this season?

Reuben Shorten: I think Ipswich Town because of the signings they have made. They just need the right manager. 6th to 17th.

Thomas Stirk: After two successive seasons of play-off defeats in the semi-finals and final this is the year Bradford finally get promoted.

Not happy with Mick then Reuben?

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Andre Wisdom won his side a corner which Derby midfielder Tom Huddlestone floated back-post bizarrely. There was no one really there.

Sunderland clear again. Derby enjoying a swing of momentum.

CLOSE!

Sunderland 1-1 Derby

Derby were in then! Johnny Russell down the right got in but his cross was poor.

Then Richard Keogh sent a towering, looping header toward goal that was cleared by Lee Cattermole. All-action.

Sunderland clear but Derby are coming back again... well, until Chris Martin goes down and requires treatment.