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  1. Middlesbrough beat Sheffield United for first win of season
  2. Wolves, Forest, Cardiff and Ipswich all maintain 100% starts
  3. Aston Villa still winless, beaten 3-0 by Cardiff
  4. Abel Hernandez scores hat-trick for Hull v Burton

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By Josh Hunt and James Law

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And that's just about it for today. Thanks for being with us during our six-hour EFL marathon.

We've had hat-tricks, hammerings, seven-goal thrillers and a sprinkling of controversy too. You can find reports of all 34 games on the BBC Sport website and app.

Hope you can join us tomorrow for more Premier League and Championship action.

Norwich v Sunderland (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

George Honeyman

Simon Grayson's reign as Sunderland manager has started promisingly, with a victory at Bury in the Carabao Cup on Thursday following their Championship draw with Derby.

Find out how the Black Cats get on against Norwich tomorrow in BBC Sport's live text coverage, which is set to begin at 13:00 BST.

It was awful, really awful - Bruce

FT: Cardiff 3-0 Aston Villa

Result of the day in the Championship? That has to be Cardiff's 3-0 win over Aston Villa, which leaves the Welsh side as one of four clubs with 100% records.

Villa boss Steve Bruce had some very strong words to say about his side's performance - click on the play button below to hear his interview with BBC WM...

FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

Garry Monk's clearly a happy, and perhaps relieved, man, but it was a different story earlier for the manager of one of Boro's promotion rivals...

"It's great having that winning feeling back"

FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

Our first half performance is the benchmark. It's great to have that winning feeling back at the club, we just need to keep it going now. I've not got a big, big squad - what we look for is quality.

Garry MonkMiddlesbrough boss

Gestede goal gets Middlesbrough off the mark

FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

Well out of nowhere that second half came to life, right at the death (if that makes sense).

If you're just joining us, read Phil Cartwright's match report...

Rudy Gestede

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

Rudy Gestede's header gives Middlesbrough victory over Sheffield United and earns Boro's first league points of the season.

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"We've always been able to dig in"

FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

The club's not won a match for a while, so to get over the line and finally get a win is a positive - now we can kick on. To be fair, I didn't think it [disallowed goal] was offside at the time, but he gave it. This side's always been able to dig in.

Adam ClaytonMiddlesbrough midfielder speaking to Sky Sports


Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

Well that was some late drama after what was otherwise a rather low-key second half.

Rudy Gestede's header proves to be the decisive goal for Boro, but Sheffield United have a stoppage-time effort ruled out for offside.

It looked like Dael Fry headed into his own net, but Jack O'Connell was adjudged to be offside.

A controversial conclusion.

Sheffield United have goal disallowed!

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

That is why a one-goal lead is never really enough.

The Blades put in an inswinging free-kick which is bundled into the Boro net by Jack O'Connell, but the assistant rules it out for offside.

It takes the visiting players ages to realise, but their celebrations are eventually halted.

Was it the right decision? It doesn't look like it, I'm afraid.

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A half-chance for the Blades, as Leon Clarke tests Darren Randolph at his near post.

His initial attempt at a cross is blocked, and his shot is split by the Boro keeper, who gathers it at the second attempt.

We're into four minutes of added time.

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I'd normally try to build up the tension as we enter the closing stages, but it honestly feels like Boro are cruising towards the three points.

A one-goal lead is never safe, but it feels more than enough right now.

Garry Monk

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

The sting has been taken out of this game, through a mixture of Boro possession and stoppages.

Adam Forshaw makes way for Grant Leadbitter as Garry Monk looks to close this one out.


Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

A change for each side as we enter the final 10 minutes of normal time.

In search of a goal, Sheffield United turn to fresh-faced David Brooks, who takes the place of Kieron Freeman.

Meanwhile, Boro take off record signing Britt Assombalonga, with former West Ham forward Ashley Fletcher coming on.

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Cyrus Christie

Cyrus Christie has a cracking set of lungs on him, and on his latest foray forward the Boro wing-back runs through a challenge before lashing a low shot at Jamal Blackman.

United have struggled to deal with the Republic of Ireland international's athleticism all game.

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If you're at all surprised at how few chances Boro have given their opponents, consider this stat...

The hosts haven't conceded more than once in any of their last 44 home matches in the second tier, keeping 27 clean sheets in that time.

Safe to say the Blades will need something special to break their opponents down - have I seen anything to suggest that will happen? Not really.


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Boro bring on Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker, a playmaker, for goalscorer Rudy Gestede, who had been quiet in the second half.

Ched Evans set up two goals in the first appearance of his second spell with Sheffield United in midweek, and the striker is once again introduced by the Blades.

Evans comes on for the largely ineffective skipper Billy Sharp.

Ched Evans


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That's the closest the visitors have come to getting on level terms.

Leon Clarke holds the ball up brilliant on the edge of the area and nudges back for Paul Coutts, whose shot is deflected and tipped wide by Boro keeper Darren Randolph.

The former West Ham stopper then comes comfortably to collect the resulting corner.

Never underestimate the importance of a top goalie.

"There's still a long way to go"

FT: Derby 0-2 Wolves

Wolves won 2-0 at Derby to maintain their 100% start, thanks to goals from Barry Douglas and Ivan Cavaleiro.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espírito Santo told BBC WM:

"I’m pleased with the work of the boys. I have to congratulate them for the effort they made today. It’s a good start, a good game again. There’s still a long way to go, still a lot of work to do, but the boys did a fantastic job today.

"I think the spaces were in the Derby team. I think we should take advantage sooner to close the game but the chances are there. The goals will come but every moment of the game is important: defending well and clean sheets is the first step to winning."


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Chris Wilder has given it the best part of 15 minutes of the second half, and hasn't seen enough spark from his Sheffield United side.

The solution? He replaces Samir Carruthers with Mark Duffy, who started his career in Liverpool's academy.

Can he provide that little something the visitors have lacked in the final third thus far?

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

So far it's been more about Sheffield United holding off the hosts, rather than the Blades looking for an equaliser themselves.

However, with Billy Sharp on the pitch you feel they always have a chance of getting a goal from nothing.

Since the start of last season, the experienced striker has scored more goals (31) than any other player in the top four tiers of English football.

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The hosts play the ball around nicely, as they have done all game, and a speculative shot from Cyrus Christie earns Boro a corner.

Adam Clayton knocks in an out-swinger, which evades Rudy Gestede's massive leap, and the Blades clear their lines.


Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

That's a flavour of what went on earlier in the Championship, but back to the here and now.

Boro's Patrick Bamford gets the second half started at the Riverside - what can Sheffield United do to halt the hosts?

"It simply wasn't good enough"

FT: Cardiff 3-0 Aston Villa

Steve Bruce

Aston Villa lost 3-0 at Cardiff in their first away game of the new campaign, having had the fourth-worst away record in the Championship last season.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"It's awful, it really, really is awful. Same old, go away from home, we don't do the basics against a big, physical team.

"And of course once we don't score where we've had an opportunity to score, then all of a sudden when we've conceded, we can't respond in the right manner.

"And I have to say, we have to look at each and every one of us and say that simply wasn't good enough.

"We haven't got millions and millions to spend, that's not the answer. We've got to find a resilience away from home or we're going to come unstuck again."

Derby need "bravery" at Pride Park

FT: Derby 0-2 Wolves

Derby lost 2-0 to Wolves in their first game at Pride Park this season, with goals from Barry Douglas and Ivan Cavaleiro giving the visitors victory.

Derby manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"It was a disappointing afternoon in as much that we've had most of the ball, we've had most of the control of the game in terms of possession, but as we know it's not about having the ball it's about what you do with the thing.

"I felt at times we were forcing things and in one against one positions I can't remember a time we passed anyone to make anything happen.

"You watch the players in training and everyone wants the ball and wants to make things happen, but it's having the bravery to do that at home, and whether there's a little bit of pressure here I don't know, certainly the crowd didn't make it like that."

Championship headlines

Nuno Espirito Santo

If you missed any of today's earlier Championship games, here are the headlines...

  • Cardiff make it two wins from two, as Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's doubles sees the Welsh club to a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.
  • Wolves, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich all win to maintain their 100% starts to the campaign.
  • Fulham have Tomas Kalas sent off after 39 seconds but score a late equaliser to draw at Reading.
  • Abel Hernandez scores a hat-trick in Hull's 4-1 victory over Burton.

Head to BBC Sport's Championship page to read reports on all of today's matches.

HT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

At risk of stating the obvious, I must say that Saturdays in the EFL are pretty relentless.

So while there's a brief moment to pause, let's take a look at the main stories from the Championship games earlier this afternoon...


Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

Boro had a deserved advantage at the interval, with Rudy Gestede capitalising on a poor Chris Basham header to nod past Blades' keeper Jamal Blackman.

The visitors have been decent in spells, but will be glad of the opportunity to regroup with just a one goal deficit.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

There's something about Patrick Bamford - in the Premier League he's cut a forlorn figure, but place him in the Championship and he's a menace.

His movement has been second to none for Boro tonight, and his attempt at a curling effort into the top corner isn't too far wide of the mark either.

My hunch is that Chris Wilder will be happy to hear the sound of the half-time whistle.

'We lost control of the ball but we came back in the second half'

FT: Hull 4-1 Burton

Abel Hernandez

Abel Hernandez bagged a hat-trick as Hull won 4-1 at home to Burton, who had Jackson Irvine red-carded inside the first half.

Hull manager Leonid Slutsky told BBC Radio Humberside:

“Really, our supporters helped our team change the match because we had a very difficult 20 minutes in the first half. I hope the support continues in each home match and away match.

“We started very well. We scored a goal and we had a lot of chances but maybe from 20 to 35 minutes, we played not good. We lost control of the ball, control of the match, but we came back in the second half.”

Gestede hits the post for Middlesbrough

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Rudy Gestede is such a danger in the air.

Cyrus Christie provides the ammunition with a fine, floating cross into the box, and Gestede leaps to head against the outside of the post.

From a Sheffield United point of view, I don't know what you do to stop that kind of aerial prowess...

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

Although there hasn't been too much in the way of goalmouth action, this game has been very easy on the eye.

Lots of slick passing, not many long balls, but some committed challenges to go with it.

You feel the hosts have a level of control though, as we edge towards half-time.

"We're going to end up playing kids"

FT: Birmingham 2-1 Bristol City

Harry Redknapp

Birmingham lost three players to injury as they beat Bristol City 2-1, while Maikel Kieftenbeld was sent off in the later stages.

Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp told BBC WM:

"That was very hard-earned against a good Bristol City team, I think they're an excellent team.

"You look at the squad, where do you go now? We've got one striker now, Clayton Donaldson, it's a crazy situation at this stage of the season to be in.

"We've got no squad, we're going to end up with kids on the bench or kids playing.

"I thought it [the sending off] was a diabolical decision, I couldn't see it at all. I thought it was a yellow card - if that's what he gets, you give a yellow and we all play on. Terrible."

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

The pace of Boro's passing has increased markedly, and their visitors are struggling to keep up with the movement.

What's clear is the hosts are going for the kill here - having got the first goal they want to find another before the break and take the sting out of the Blades.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

That goal seems to have brought this game to life, with both sides threatening.

However, the tempo has been slowed somewhat by a head injury to Kieron Freeman, who is being led off the pitch by the Sheffield United physio.

Let's hope he can continue.

GOAL - Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

Rudy Gestede

It's a right mess at the back for the Blades, but Rudy Gestede deserves credit for his perseverance.

The Benin international gets his head to Patrick Bamford's lofted pass, and is first to the second ball too as he nods over keeper Jamal Blackman to put Boro ahead.

Losing one header is understandable, but United should really have dealt with the second header better.

Rudy Gestede
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Forest showed 'great response', says Warburton

FT: Brentford 3-4 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest held on to beat Brentford 4-3 in manager Mark Warburton's first game back at Griffin Park since being sacked by the Bees in 2015.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It’s a tough place to come, undoubtedly, but the most important thing is the three points. But we have to learn from it, as well.

"Going 1-0 down, there was a great response by the players to come out at half-time with a real energy and a real zip, and to get the third goal. Then we had two, three, four golden opportunities to put the game out of sight and we didn’t capitalise on them.

"But I have no doubt Brentford are a top-10 Championship team, and have been for the past three or four years. They’ll cause a lot of teams a lot of problems this season."

Middlesbrough 0-0 Sheffield United

Middlesbrough v Sheffield United
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The visitors are already starting to show one or two signs of frustration at not seeing much of the ball.

Jack O'Connell is late on Boro forward Patrick Bamford, but the hosts are being kept at arm's length.

Middlesbrough 0-0 Sheffield United

Boro are starting to keep the ball nicely but, much like last season, there's not been any penetration... so far.

Their only effort, if you can call it that, is a long-range free-kick from Patrick Bamford, which he balloons well over the bar.

'It could have been four or five each in the first half'

FT: Barnsley 1-2 Ipswich

Mick McCarthy

Ipswich came from behind to beat Barnsley 2-1 at Oakwell to make it two wins out of two in the Championship.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk:

"Fair play to Paul Heckingbottom: he’d seen us playing and thought we’d played well in those games, and he changed his system to 4-3-3 - not the 4-4-2 I was expecting.

"That caused us problems, although I thought our system caused them problems. It could have been four or five each in the first half but Bartosz Bialkowski was excellent again.

"I was always changing at half-time. I was always going to go 4-4-2 – I’m just glad we managed to get there at 1-0."

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Middlesbrough v Sheffield United

I can't be the only one who's thinking... Sheffield United in purple/lilac, really?

Despite the kit colour, the Blades create the first opening - Leon Clarke in a bit of space on the edge of the Boro box, but he gets the ball stuck under his feet and his effort is easily blocked.