Championship - Leicester crush Watford, Burnley battle back for draw

Leicester made sure of their best ever start to a Football League season as they beat Watford 3-0 to avenge their defeat against the same opponents in last season's Championship play-off semi-finals.

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Championship - Leicester crush Watford, Burnley battle back for draw
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Anthony Knockaert fired home the second for Leicester (PA Sport)

Leicester made sure of their best ever start to a Football League season as they beat Watford 3-0 to avenge their defeat against the same opponents in last season's Championship play-off semi-finals.

Goals from Chris Wood, Anthony Knockaert and Lloyd Dyer secured a fine victory for the visitors at Vicarage Road.

Leicester went into the game with the additional motivation of avenging last season's dramatic 3-2 aggregate reverse in the play-offs and they took the lead in bizarre fashion in the 10th minute when Manuel Almunia’s clearance cannoned off Wood’s face and into the net.

The visitors scored a deserved second seven minutes after the restart when Knockaert went some way for atoning for his penalty miss in the second leg of last season's play-off semi-final by firing past Almunia.

And the Hornets were punished for their inability to convert their chances with four minutes remaining when a fine reverse pass from substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher put Dyer through on goal and despite the best efforts of Almunia, the ball looped up off the keeper and into the net.

Burnley had to come from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at Millwall.

Scott McDonald and Danny Shittu had put the Lions two goals to the good, but Sam Vokes and a Shane Lowry own goal saw the Clarets earn a share of the spoils.

Sheffield Wednesday recorded their first win of the season with a handsome 5-2 home success over Reading.

Matty Fryatt and Michail Antonio had put Wednesday 2-0 up before Pavel Pogrebnyak got a goal back for the Royals.

A Sean Morrison own goal, a Connor Wickham strike and Fryatt's second put the result beyond doubt, with Adam Le Fondre's late penalty scant consolation for the visitors.

QPR remain third in the table after a 2-1 home win over Derby.

Jermaine Jenas put the Rs ahead only for Simon Dawkins to level, before captain Clint Hill grabbed the winner.

Thomas Ince's missed penalty did not prove costly for Blackpool as the Seasiders secured a 1-0 win over 10-man Nottingham Forest.

Ince saw his first-half spot-kick saved by Karl Darlow after Djamel Abdoun had seen red for his foul on Neal Bishop in the area.

But Stephen Dobbie struck late on to give the visitors the spoils.

Birmingham slipped into the relegation zone as Dale Stephens got the only goal in Charlton's 1-0 win at St Andrew's, while a Ross McCormack double gave Leeds a 2-0 home victory over bottom side Yeovil.

Jason Lowe's goal was enough to see Blackburn beat Middlesbrough 1-0, while David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford struck as Bolton were 2-0 winners at Bournemouth.

Nick Powell got the winner as Wigan beat Huddersfield 2-1 at the DW Stadium.

Leon Barnett put the Latics ahead before Oliver Norwood levelled for the Terriers, but Powell made the decisive contribution four minutes into the second half.

Two late goals saw Brighton wrap up a 3-1 win at Doncaster.

The Seagulls, who had not scored in their four previous away games, led through a Jake Forster-Caskey strike until Chris Brown levelled for Rovers. But substitutes Leroy Lita and David Lopez ensured the visitors took all three points.

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