Championship Review: Wright leads suprising Bristol past Ipswich

Bailey Wright Source: Getty

Australia defender Bailey Wright wore the captains armband as Bristol City defeated Ipswich Town 3-1, while James Meredith couldn't help Millwall as they were dealt a 3-1 loss at the hands of Barnsley.

Birmingham leave Cotterill feeling blue

Birmingham City gave new manager Steve Cotterill a glimpse of the sizeable task at hand when he officially takes charge next week, as they were dealt a sizeable 6-1 loss to Hull City.

Playing at home, Hull scored three goals in each half to put their visitors to the sword at the KCOM Stadium, with caretaker boss Lee Carsley saying his side "folded a bit too easily".

Discussing a post-match changing room talk by Cotterill, Carsley explained: "It was basically that it starts on Monday, the season starts Monday. I only caught the last minute of it, but if I am sat there as a player I want to hear that there's a fresh start.

"Ultimately the season starts and the preparation for the next phase of games starts on Monday."

The result ended a lull for Jackson Irvine's Hull, who went five matches without a win. Irvine has played sporadically for the Tigers, starting two matches and coming off the bench once.

In a match featuring considerably less goalmouth action, Championship leaders Cardiff City were held to a goalless draw by Derby County, while Wolves jumped into second spot with an overwhelming 4-0 win at Burton Albion.

Wright's Bristol continue strong start

After finishing 17th in the second tier last season Bristol City have had a surprisingly strong start under the leadership of Socceroo Bailey Wright, who was named as club captain during the offseason.

The Robins secured a resounding 3-1 win at Ipswich Town, their fifth of the season, leaving them in fifth position with the second best goal difference in the competition.

Struggling Sunderland continues their slump with a 2-2 draw with Preston North End, with the Black Cats having not tasted victory since August 13 against Norwich and are now eight games without a win.

Luckily Bolton, beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa on Sunday, and Birmingham's equally poor form is keeping them from the foot of the table.

Minutes mount for Meredith

Fringe Socceroo James Meredith played 80 minutes but couldn't stop Barnsley who came out surprise 3-1 winners over Milwall at The Den.

The left back was signed by the Lions from League One side Bradford City during the offseason, starting 10 of his 11 matches for the mid-table club.

Seeking a Premier League return, Neil Warnock's Cardiff City failed to score in a home match for the first time this season as Derby claimed a point in a 0-0 stalemate the Welsh capital.

Meanwhile Middlesbrough's promotion push is faltering after  they drew 2-2 with Brentford at the Riverside Stadium, dropping to 11th spot.

Norwich City claimed a 2-1 victory at Reading, who are now without a win in five matches and are drifting towards the bottom three.

Source Omnisport