After three months of summer transfer madness, the Championship has finally returned. Friday night witnessed a goal-thrilling match between Luton Town and Middlesbrough which ended with a draw. A series of clashes on Saturday followed up, including some of the big names. At Griffin Park, Brentford and Birmingham City faced each other as both were looking for a positive start.

Brentford will mark their last season playing at Griffin Park after the Brentford Community Stadium has begun to break ground. They also showed their intention of securing a promotion spot with a vibrant summer window. Seven first-team players have become free agents or found their new clubs. On the other hand, six new signings were brought in by Thomas Frank, which included Pontus Jansson and Mathias Jensen.

Pep Clotet’s side was quieter during this window. Besides Garry Monk and Che Adams’ departures, they managed to keep their core heading into the new season. With the introduction of new players like Dan Crowley and Ivan Šunjić, the Midlands-based side hope they could compete for a playoff spot. Three points will create a momentum for them and that was what they have achieved. Kristian Pedersen’s header and Birmingham’s only shot in the match turned out to be the winning goal for them.

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