KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 5, 2019
Geoff Cameron notched an assist as Queens Park Rangers started the English Championship season off with a win while Antonee Robinson and Wigan Athletic won a thriller over Cardiff City.
Stoke City 1-2 Queens Park Rangers
Geoff Cameron started off his permanent move to QPR with a win against his former team as the Londoners took all three points at the bet365 Stadium.
The defender would go on to play the entire 90 minutes.
It didn't take long for the visitors to open the scoring as Jordan Hugill put away their first eight minutes into the contest. A lofted ball from midfield had the Stoke players chasing after Bright Osayi-Samuel on the right side. Goalkeeper Jack Butland came out of position to leave the goal wide open, and the deflected cross left the Hugill nothing to do but tap the ball into the back of the net.
QPR had to wait until the second half to double their lead as Cameron would feed the ball to teammate Eberechi Eze, who dribbled the ball past a few Stoke defenders before slotting his shot past Butland.
Sam Clucas would cut the deficit in the 78th minute with a strike from inside the area, but it would not be enough as QPR held on for the win.
Wigan Athletic 3-2 Cardiff City
Lee Evans would score the game-winner for Wigan Athletic as they stole all three points to get their Championship campaign off the ground with a win over Cardiff City at the DW Stadium.
Antonee Robinson, who moved permanently to the Latics from Everton over the summer, started the game and played the entire 90 minutes.
Wigan ended last season once again on a rollercoaster, but they did enough to survive the drop to League One. They want to be sure that this time around they do not want to be in a struggle and start the season off on a positive.
However, it did not look so good for the host as Cardiff opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Joe Ralls would strike the ball past a crowd of players before it hit the back of the net.
The host got back into the game just before the hour mark when John Windass' free-kick broke through the Cardiff wall, leaving Michael Jacobs to score from point-blank range.
Windass doubled Wigan's lead four minutes later when he collected a pass from Joe Garner and fired his shot into the goal.
Cardiff leveled the score in the 70th minute when Omar Bogle connected on a cross from Bobby Reid on the left side and volleyed the ball home.
But Wigan would net the game-winner five minutes later when Evans sent a looping shot over the outstretched hand of Joe Day to take all the points.
In other action in the Championship, Matt Miazga started while Andrija Novakovich came off the bench for Reading as they started the season with a 3-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.
Eric Lichaj led Hull City out on the field as captain as they fell to Swansea City in a narrow 2-1 loss.
Luca de la Torre watched from the bench while Tim Ream did not dress as Fulham started their return to the Championship with a 1-0 loss to Barnsley.
Down in League One, Lynden Gooch started and put away a penalty for Sunderland in their 1-1 tie with Oxford United.
Matthew Olosunde started for Rotherham United as they opened their season with a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon.
Charlie Kelman watched from the bench as Southend United went down to Coventry City in a 1-0 loss.
Jordan Adebayo-Smith had a place on the bench as Lincoln City came away with a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley.