West Brom went top of the Coca-Cola Championship after a 2-2 draw at Sheffield United as two of their early promotion rivals finished the afternoon empty-handed.

Albion striker Roman Bednar gave his side the lead twice at Bramall Lane only for the Blades to equalise through Ched Evans and David Cotterill's late penalty.

However, the point was enough to take them one clear as Cardiff and Middlesbrough both lost.

Leaders Cardiff were brought back down to earth with a bump as they lost 2-0 at home to Doncaster. Doncaster started brightly and Adam Lockwood's header from a corner gave them a 13th-minute lead, before Rovers striker James Hayter (17) doubled the home side's advantage.

And despite plenty of huffing and puffing, Dave Jones' side were unable to force a way back despite time being on their side.

Nicky Maynard's double for Bristol City condemned Middlesbrough to a 2-1 defeat at Ashton Gate, while Preston had to settle for a point against struggling Ipswich after a 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

Noel Hunt's double helped Reading to a 3-1 victory at Barnsley.

Andy Gray (11) gave Barnsley an early lead but Alex Pearce brought the Royals level a minute before the half-hour mark. Hunt's penalty completed the turnaround and moments later the Irishman made it 3-1 for a deserved win.

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest earned their first Championship victory of the season with a 3-2 win over local rivals Derby, Charlie Adam (13, penalty), Ben Burgess (59) and Gary Taylor-Fletcher (71) scored in Blackpool's 3-0 rout of Coventry and Marcus Tudgay scored twice as Sheffield Wednesday beat Plymouth 3-1.

Elsewhere, fan favourite Adel Taarabt scored the only goal of the game just three minutes in as QPR edged a tight encounter away to Scunthorpe.

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