Chiedozie Ogbene scored on the opening day of the new Sky Bet Championship season as newly promoted Rotherham drew 1-1 with Swansea at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The Millers came second in League One last season and took the lead in the 16th minute as Ogbene got on the end of a long throw into the box.

Harry Darling pulled one back 20 minutes later to share the spoils for the Welsh side.

Both sides had chances to win it in the second half, with Michael Obafemi missing an open goal for Swansea while Ogbene and Cohen Bramall forced good saves from Swans goalkeeper Andy Fisher.

After the game, Swansea manager Russell Martin dismissed rumours that he was trying to bring Ogbene to the club, stating, "he's at a club that really values him, he plays all the time, I've never spoken to the player in my life.

"He's done great with his career recently, with Ireland and everything, but when someone is linked, in football, the perception and reality are often really far apart."

Conor Hourihane celebrates his goal to give Derby County an opening day victory

In League One, Conor Hourihane was on the scoresheet for Derby County as the Rams beat Oxford United 1-0 at Pride Park.

Derby interim manager Liam Rosenior believes the international pedigree of Hourihane can drive his team forward this season.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder scored a superb goal in front of a 31,000 crowd and it was a goal appreciated by Rosenior, who wants him to figure regularly on the scoresheet this season.

"Conor is a goalscorer," said Rosenior. "In my first conversation with him about coming to the club I asked him because I've seen him play deeper for Sheffield United and sometimes for Swansea and he said 'I want to get assists and score goals’

"I think he’s going to be a great fit for us and the way that we play. A lot of the work we’ve done is on getting him in the final third where he can show his real quality and today after his first touch everybody in the stadium knew what was going to happen."

Elsewhere in the Championship, Norwich's season got off to a poor start as they were beaten 1-0 by Cardiff in a game that saw both teams have players sent off.

The Canaries were relegated from the Premier League last season after finishing bottom and are tipped as one of the favourites to bounce back up.

However, they went a goal down just minutes into the second half when Romaine Sawyers struck on his Bluebirds debut.

Perry Ng was then sent off for a second bookable offence but Norwich were unable to capitalise on the man advantage – which lasted only 12 minutes in any case before captain Grant Hanley was dismissed for picking up a second yellow card.

Two West Brom new boys combined to earn a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough during an entertaining game at the Riverside.

John Swift, who moved to the Hawthorns after his Reading contract expired, was in the perfect place to turn in his first goal for the Baggies five minutes after half-time.

That goal, laid on by another summer recruit, former Millwall man Jed Wallace, cancelled out Middlesbrough's 10th-minute opener from Isaiah Jones.

Ireland centre-back Darragh Lenihan made his debut for Boro after his summer move from Blackburn, while fellow defender Dara O'Shea started for the Baggies, with Jayson Molumby in midfield before he limped off in stoppage time.

Charlie Cresswell’s double saw Millwall top of the fledgling table after beating Stoke 2-0 with the centre-half scoring in both halves on his debut.

The Lions sit just above the Tigers in the table after a late goal saw Hull beat Bristol City 2-1.

Andreas Weimann continued his goalscoring form from last season to put the Robins in front at the half-hour mark but Hull came from behind to earn their first three points of the season thanks to Ozan Tufan’s second-half penalty and Jean Michael Seri’s deflected stoppage-time strike.

Blackburn also got off to a winning start as Lewis Travis’ goal made the difference to beat QPR and Callum Connolly scored in the ninth minute for Blackpool to secure a 1-0 win against Reading.

Last season’s League One champions Wigan picked up a point after being held to a goalless draw against Preston, where Troy Parrott made his competitive debut for his new club, and who had Ched Evans dismissed late on, while Luton were also held to 0-0 draw by Birmingham.