Championship roundup: Newcastle cruises past Reading
Newcastle didn’t get off to an ideal start after falling to the Championship this season, however, the Magpies earned their first three points on Wednesday with a convincing win over Reading.
Rafa Benitez’s side came away with a 4-0 win after Isaac Hayden opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Reading responded just before the half, as Garath McCleary leveled things up from the penalty spot.
Once the second stanza struck, though, it was all Newcastle. The Magpies earned a penalty of their own five minutes into the second half, which Matt Ritchie converted.
Meanwhile, Dwight Gayle netted a brace in the final 20 minutes to hand Benitez his first win the Championship.
Barnsley 3-2 QPR
Cardiff City 2-1 Blackburn