By Ayyaz Malik
I know it was easy to get caught up in the hype of the new Premier League season – but I have you know that today also saw the first day of Football League action. Three divisions 46 teams means that there will be plenty of action from now till the end of May.
Here at Asian Sunday though however we will be keeping an observing eye on Huddersfield Town, Leeds United and Bradford City. Leeds United and Huddersfield who are in the Sky Bet Championship, were up against Burnley and Hull respectively.
As for Bradford who are in League One, they faced a mouth watering game against promotion rivals of last year Swindon.
It was actually Leeds who were the first of the three West Yorkshire sides in action today as their match against Burnley was an early kick off. In a match that some might have thought the visitors would win at a canter. It was actually Leeds under their new manager Uwe Rosler who took the game to the visitors Burnley.
Eventually Leeds’ play which had plenty of endeavour, were rewarded when last years top scorer for Leeds Mrko Antentucci unleashed a screamer into the top corner. Unfortunately that lead didn’t last too long as Sam Vokes levelled with a pin point accurate header to level.
That’s how the match would end.
Leeds’ West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield unfortunately suffered another opening day defeat. Last year it was eventual champions Bournemouth who beat the Terriers 4-0, this year it was Hull’s turn to hand the Terriers with an opening day defeat.
Goals from Sam Clucas and Chuka Akpom helped Hull start life back in the championship. Huddersfield did have plenty of possession – but Hull always looked in charge of this one. Not the best of starts for Huddersfield – but on the grand scheme of things I wouldn’t call the panic stations at the McAlpine, especially after one game!
Having said that though, last years opening day defeat to Bournemouth brought former manager Mark Robins’ reign.
In League One Bradford, the last of the West Yorkshire sides were in action against Swindon. Swindon and Bradford were involved a battle for the play offs which Swindon ultimately came out on top in.
This game on the opening game of the League One season was no doubt the stand out game – but maybe a chance for either side to deal a psychological blow to the other so early in the season.
With that in mind it was actually the visitors Bradford who tool an early lead through one of the summer signings Josh Morris. That goal some may have thought would have settled the visitors down – but that goal actually sparked Swindon to life.
A Nathan Byrne 16 minute hat- trick took the game away from Bradford. A fourth goal from Jon Obika added further gloss to the scoreline which meant a miserable journey back to West Yorkshire from Wiltshire.
A disappointing start for Bradford in their League One campaign then – but again it’s to early for panic stations just yet. One does have to consider that Bradford have made several summer signings, they will need time to gel in.
One thing is for certain is that the Football League is going to be fascinating.