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QPR put four past Tykes

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QPR's forgotten men Heidar Helguson and Fitz Hall combined with new signings Jamie Mackie and Adel Taarabt to secure a 4-0 victory over Barnsley in the npower Championship.

Icelandic forward Helguson, whose days in west London appeared to be numbered when he was farmed out to Watford last season, was ice-cool from the penalty spot in the first half and Hall, who spent the end of the campaign on loan at Newcastle, tapped in the fourth.

In between, former Plymouth forward Mackie opened his account with a predatory strike and Taarabt, who completed his permanent switch from Tottenham on Thursday, capped a sparkling display by tucking away the hosts' second spot-kick.

Portsmouth's struggles continued on the pitch as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against impressive Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.

Cash-strapped Pompey, relegated from the Premier League in May after seven seasons in the top flight, were undone by a brace from Freddy Eastwood.

New-look Preston endured a bitterly disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of 10-man Doncaster.

Rovers established an early two-goal advantage with goals from James O'Connor and James Hayter to secure victory before the late dismissal of debutant midfielder Simon Gillett.

Garry Thompson's controversial goal helped Scunthorpe on their way to an impressive 2-1 win at Reading.

Thompson appeared to have been flagged offside as he gave the Irons an early lead, but the goal stood to the fury of Reading boss Brian McDermott.

Gylfi Sigurdsson drew the Royals level with a typically fine hit but giant centre-half Rob Jones was able to head in a second-half winner for the visitors.

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Heidar Helguson
Scunthorpe United
Championship
Garry Thompson
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Newcastle United
Preston North End
Jamie Mackie
Fitz Hall
Queens Park Rangers
Barnsley
James O'Connor
Freddy Eastwood
West Ham United
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Coventry City
Adel Taarabt
Plymouth Argyle
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