WIGAN manager Owen Coyle was not getting carried away by his team’s 4-0 win at Barnsley on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season.
Barnsley boss David Flitcroft felt his team were outclassed and although Coyle acknowledged the quality of Wigan’s performance, he was remaining cautious.
The Scot explained: “It’s one game and there are 45 to come – and we’re certainly not getting carried away in terms of what it means. It means three points.”
QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond has admitted Joey Barton’s future at Loftus Road was unclear, but he started for Rangers in the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Another relegated team from the Premier League last season, Reading, started with a 2-1 home win against Ipswich. Royals manager Nigel Adkins was full of praise for Royston Drenthe afterwards, saying: “I think everyone can see he is a real talen.”
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola said thsat the disappointment of defeat in the play-off finals lasts eason had motivated his player to their 1-0 win at Birmingham. The Italian said: “Everyone feels we are better prepared as we have more knowledge of the difficulties and we are looking forward to making a strong challenge.”
Leeds opened with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Brighton and manager Brian McDermott admitted: “Both sides could have won but in the Championship if you try and win and keep going, you get the breaks.”
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson said after his team’s 1-0 win at Millwall: “The boys are buzzing,”“Anything we do is a bonus. But we have a group of lads who know how to put in a shift and work for each other. “
Two goals in the closing stages gave Blackpool a 3-1 win at Doncaster, while Bournemouth started with a 2-1 win over Charlton. Leicester manager Nigel Pearson saw his side come from behind to snatch a 2-1 win at former club Middlesbrough, and said: “The momentum in games in the Championship can change very quickly.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche insisted after the 1-1 draw with Bolton that there is life after Charlie Austin, who joined QPR this week, adding: “There were good signs.”
Huddersfield boss Mark Robins took the positives out of his team’s 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest, saying: “It was certainly better than our last visit here, even if we scored in that game.”