KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 6, 2018
Antonee Robinson started off his loan to Wigan Athletic brightly with a thrilling win over Sheffield Wednesday while Lynden Gooch bagged the game-winner for Sunderland.
Wigan Athletic 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Wigan Athletic started their return to the Championship on a positive note as they held on for a narrow win over Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium.
Robinson, who was sent out on loan to the Latics by Everton, started and played exceptionally well throughout the 90 minutes.
The host jumped out of the gate early and opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Michael Jacobs put away his first goal of the day as Wednesday failed to properly clear a cross from Robinson in the area.
However, the Owl did respond nine minutes later with the equalizer as Atdhe Nuhiu when a scramble in for the ball in the area allowed him poke his shot past Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton.
Jacobs gave Wigan the lead again as he scored his second in the 26th minute. A cross from the right found Nick Powell in the area and he laid the ball in the path of Jacob to slam home.
Wigan added a third goal in the 60th minute. Jacob's shot was well saved by Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson, but the rebound fell towards Powell who tapped the ball into the goal.
The visitors cut the deficit seven minutes later when Fernando Forestieri connected on a pass from teammate Lucas Joao.
However, in the end, Wigan would hold on to take all three points.
Sunderland 2-1 Charlton Athletic
Lynden Gooch was the hero for Sunderland as they started life in League One with an exciting win over Charlton Athletic at the Stadium of Light.
After consecutive relegations and change in ownership, the Black Cats are hoping that they can right the ship and push their way back up to the Premier League. However, they will have to endure a grueling time in the English third tier where even former Premier League teams like Charlton, Bradford City, Portsmouth, and Blackpool are playing.
It looked like the doom and gloom was going to follow Sunderland down to the next division 10 minutes into the contest when Charlton's Lyle Taylor scored from the penalty spot. Christopher Maguire brought down Karlan Ahearne-Grant in area, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.
However, the second half would see the host come alive as Josh Maja would find the equalizer in the 65th minute. Adam Matthews found the forward at the top of the box and with just enough space he would put his shot past Charlton goalkeeper Dillon Phillips.
The game looked like it was heading towards a tie until Gooch ended those thoughts six minutes into stoppage time when he ran onto a cross from Byan Oviedo to head the ball past Phillips and send the Sunderland fans into loud roars as they bagged all three points.
With their first win under their belt it could be start of the revival of the Black Cats.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Eric Lichaj started his first game for Hull City as they started season on a downer following a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa.
Geoff Cameron did not dress as Stoke City started their return to the Championship with a 3-1 loss to Leeds United.
Down in League One, Duane Holmes came off the bench and recorded an assist as Scunthorpe United came away with a 2-1 win over Coventry City.
Brendan Moore watched from the bench as Rochdale started their season with a 2-1win over Burton Albion.