Five things learnt from the Championship's Matchday Two: Leeds and Fulham feature

Ian Holloway

What can be learnt from Matchday Two of Championship action?

Blackpool are still struggling with off-field issues

The terrible pre-season preparations at Bloomfield Road have been evident for all to see over the summer, and, despite now owning enough players to complete a full playing squad, head coach Jose Riga is still failing to bring results on the pitch.

A 2-1 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers made it three straight defeats for the Belgian's men, and with the challenge of newly promoted Brentford tonight, a defeat may signal a season-long relegation battle for the Seasiders.

Fulham's quality is failing to show

Despite assembling the most expensive strike force in the Championship, Fulham have failed to win either of their two opening games - scoring just once in the process.

Record £11million signing Ross McCormack could only start on the bench in their 1-0 home defeat to Millwall having looked a shadow of his former self during last weekend's visit to Ipswich. His half time introduction to Craven Cottage continued in much the same manner, with the Scottish international failing to register a single shot.

Despite a promising team performance - the Cottagers dominated possession and total-shots count - a failure to pick up points early in the season will cost Felix Magath promotion - and likely his job.

Billy Sharp looks set to head the Leeds United attack

Securing the signing of 28-year old Sharp for a minimal fee - believed to be roughly £600,000 to buy out the remaining year of his contract - from Southampton was seen as a fantastic piece of business by the Yorkshire-based club.

The striker has consistently scored goals at Championship level, and many teams were said to be interested in taking him on loan before his move to Elland Road materialised. Making his debut for the Whites against promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough was always going to be a challenge, but Sharp repaid the faith shown in him by Dave Hockaday by netting the winning goal - with just two minutes to go. With the departure of Ross McCormack, Leeds have been looking for someone to take the mantle of leading goalscorer, and Sharp has all the qualities to fulfil that role to perfection.

Ian Holloway is a fantastic Championship manager

Following his departure from Crystal Palace, rumours were abound that 51-year old Holloway was looking to leave professional football for the good of his health. However, he quashed such rumours by signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with relegation battlers Millwall - who he promptly led to safety.

For all his perceived simplicity, Holloway has a remarkable record in Championship football, guiding both Blackpool and Crystal Palace to odds-defying Play-Off Final victories. Starting the 2014/15 season in the way he ended the last, the Lions have won their two opening games and sit in second place on goal-difference.

Although it is still too early to be calling for promotion, the Millwall faithful will hold a little hope that Holloway may work his magic once again.

Huddersfield are reeling from the departure of Mark Robins

Leaving one game into the season - following a 4-0 opening day loss - was always going to hurt Huddersfield, and they appear no closer to appointing a successor to Mark Robins.

The 3-1 defeat to Cardiff was all average displays and apparent discontent among the players, and, despite Mark Lillis doing all he can to steady the ship, the club will become embroiled in a relegation scrap if their current situation continues for much longer. 

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