Five things learnt in the Championship: Wigan, Derby, Wolves feature

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A look at what can be learnt from the opening day of the Championship.

Wigan Athletic's striking woes continue

Having lost Nick Powell and Jordi Gomez in the summer, the Latics lost their only two players to reach 10 goals last season. Despite the loss, only Oriol Riera has been brought in to increase the efficiency of the strikeforce, and he looked effective on the opening day of the season - if not the answer to Wigan's problems. Despite laying on an injury assist for James McArthur to equalise the game, Riera failed to register a single shot for the duration of the game. Whilst Callum McManaman netted the opening goal of the game, he is hardly a consistent goalscorer, and Martyn Waghorn failed to hit the target with either of his two shots. If Wigan are intending to achieve promotion back to the Premier League, they still need to invest in a goalscoring striker - something that has been missing for a few seasons.

Derby County look to have recovered from Play-Off defeat

Having lost the 2014 Play-Off Final in an excruciating manner, many were suggesting that the Rams would be the next team to suffer from the so-called 'play-off hangover'. Despite retaining their key players - and owning one of the strongest squads in the division - there was the chance that an opening day defeat to newly promoted Rotherham United may be the start of a downward spiral. However, Derby overcame their challengers in a tough encounter, courtesy of a late Jeff Hendrick goal. The Millers started strongly, and registered six shots on target - including two cleared off the line - and it was the goalkeeping heroics of Lee Grant that kept Derby in the game. With performances such as this, Derby appear to have mentally recovered from their end-of-season heartbreak, and they will surely be at the top end of the table come May.

Big money signings do not bring results

If this summer has shown one thing, it is that the transfer market is becoming more and more ludicrous as time moves on. Fulham signed Ross McCormack for a Championship record £11 million, whilst Nottingham Forest paid roughly £5.5 million for League One striker Britt Assombalonga. With fans hoping that these star signings will bring results, the opening weekend was a disappointment - with McCormack, Assombalonga and Lewis Grabban all failing to impress. All three failed to score, and they registered just one shot on target combined - provided by Norwich City's Grabban. Performances like this make the criticism of the inflated transfer market seem remarkably apt, with record transfers failing to ignite the game as they should.

Premier League sides can struggle

The gap between the Championship and the Premier League appears to be narrowing every season, and this year, not one relegated club managed to win their opening game. Fulham and Norwich lost, whilst Cardiff City struggled to a draw. Despite the increased revenue provided by the relegation parachute payments, all three clubs seem to have invested badly, having been outplayed by Championship stalwarts Ipswich and Blackburn. Norwich currently represent the epitome of failed hopes, with a season of high expectation opened with a defeat to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers. Whilst all three relegated teams have some of the best players in the division, team ethic goes a long way in the competitiveness of the Championship.

Wolves impress on Championship return

Wolves celebrated their return to the second division with a 1-0 victory over recently relegated Norwich, and, despite the talent on show in the Canaries line-up, it was the hard work of Kenny Jackett's men that achieved the victory. Successfully going toe-to-toe with a recent Premier League side implies that Wolves are well on the way to survival this season, and that they may even be able to mount a promotion challenge. Jackett has serious title credentials, having won the Football League Trophy, as well as League One - as both Champions and Play-Off winners - and he will be looking to make the step up to competing in the Championship. Many of their hopes are reliant on keeping hold of Bakary Sako, who was a creative outlet in the opening day victory.

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