Jose Riga's patched together squad - which only had enough depth to include four players on the bench - lacked the cohesion to trouble the home side, who saw first half goals from new signings Michail Antonio and Chris Burke secure three simple points and a perfect start for the club legend.
Giles Coke's stunning first-half strike gave Sheffield Wednesday a winning start to the season at Brighton.
His 25-yard shot ensured a 1-0 victory which was made even tougher for the home side who were forced to play the final 40 minutes with 10 men after the sending off of midfielder Andrew Crofts.
Brighton boss Sami Hyypia gave debuts to keeper David Stockdale, veteran defender Aaron Hughes, and strikers Chris O'Grady and Shamir Fenelon but it was a disappointing start for the former Leverkusen boss.
Striker Callum Wilson scored twice on his debut and midfielder Marc Pugh after just 24 seconds as Bournemouth got their season off to a perfect start with a 4-0 rout of Huddersfield.
Wilson, a £3million buy from hometown club Coventry, first barged Town's Joel Lynch out of the way and coolly netted after 32 minutes.
The 22-year-old played on as Huddersfield tried to claim a foul by the right touchline before cutting inside and drilling low past keeper Alex Smithies.
Wilson's second goal, from a Pugh cross, saw a weak close-range shot after 64 minutes squirm under Smithies. Between Wilson's two strikes Yann Kermorgant had scored in what was already a miserable afternoon for Terriers fans.
Wilson joined the Cherries as a replacement for star striker Lewis Grabban, who was sold to Norwich in the summer.
His second goal prompted a walk-out by some home fans, who booed and chanted "you don't know what you're doing" at boss Mark Robins during a woeful display.
Derby took the first step towards easing the pain of their play-off final defeat to QPR with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Championship newcomers Rotherham at the iPro Stadium.
The Millers were looking good value for a point until a quality finish from Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick floored them eight minutes from the end, although they twice went close to equalising in stoppage time.
Mark Beevers struck inside the opening 10 minutes to set Millwall on their way to a 2-0 victory over Leeds and their first opening-day win since 2010.
The Lions, without a victory to kick off their Championship season at the last three attempts, welcomed Leeds - under new boss Dave Hockaday - to The Den.
Beevers got them off to a flyer after a neat short corner routine and Shaun Williams made sure of the result from the penalty spot two minutes from time.
First-half goals from 2013 play-off final veterans Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra helped ensure Watford made a good start to the new Championship season by defeating Bolton Wanderers 3-0 at Vicarage Road.
Having been separated following the play-off final defeat when Vydra joined West Bromwich Albion on loan from Udinese, the Czech international was reunited with Troy Deeney and both players scored in the first half.
Substitute Fernando Forestieri then made sure of the points with a third goal 10 minutes from the final whistle.
Big-money recruit Kike was on the scoresheet as Middlesbrough kicked off their Sky Bet Championship campaign by easing to a 2-0 victory over Birmingham.
Brentford 1-1 Charlton
Brighton 0-1 Sheff Wed
Derby 1-0 Rotherham
Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth
Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham
Millwall 2-0 Leeds
Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool
Watford 3-0 Bolton
Wigan 2-2 Reading
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