Chopra takes Cardiff top

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Michael Chopra took his total for the season to six goals as he scored a hat-trick to guide Cardiff to the top of the Coca-Cola Championship following a 3-1 win at Plymouth.

The former Sunderland striker gave the Bluebirds an early lead and scored again with 10 minutes left after rounding goalkeeper Romain Larrieu. He completed his hat-trick with a penalty five minutes from time after Marcel Seip fouled Chris Burke.

Burke's former Rangers colleague Alan Gow reduced the deficit and Cardiff's Tony Capaldi was sent off late on but it was the Bluebirds' night.

They leapfrogged Coventry who could only draw 0-0 at Doncaster and the Sky Blues' inability to win saw them also overtaken by Middlesbrough, who had a hard-fought 2-0 win at Scunthorpe with two goals from Adam Johnson.

West Brom won a five-goal thriller 3-2 at Peterborough to go fourth. Luke Moore scored twice and Chris Brunt added a third before Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron McLean replied for Posh, who could not find a leveller. Graham Dorrans was sent off at the death for the Baggies for his second bookable offence.

Bristol City claimed a narrow 1-0 win against QPR thanks to Nicky Maynard's drilled shot as the Robins went up to fifth.

Sheffield United, fifth at the start of play, had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with Leicester at Bramall Lane, Keith Treacy netting a screamer to cancel-out Matty Fryatt's flick.

Darren Ambrose scored twice and created another as he helped Crystal Palace to a 3-1 win at his old club Ipswich.

Watford had a 4-2 win at Nottingham Forest. Danny Graham, Tommy Smith, Mike Williamson and Tom Cleverley were on target for the Hornets, with Dexter Blackstock and Dele Adebola replying.

Paul Parry, Neil Mellor and Jon Parkin scored as Preston won 3-0 at Barnsley, while Swansea and Reading shared a 0-0 draw, as did Blackpool and Derby.

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Leicester City
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Doncaster Rovers
Ipswich Town
Dele Adebola
Luke Moore
West Bromwich Albion
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Bristol City
Neil Mellor
Keith Treacy
Chris Brunt
Scunthorpe United
Graham Dorrans
Mike Williamson
Darren Ambrose
Alan Gow
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Cardiff City
Tony Capaldi
Marcel Seip
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Preston North End
Derby County
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Nottingham Forest
Nicky Maynard
Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield United
Craig Mackail-Smith
Tommy Smith
Crystal Palace
Romain Larrieu
Coventry City
Adam Johnson
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
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