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Mackie earns QPR draw

Mackie earns QPR draw (©PAphotos)
Mackie earns QPR draw (©PAphotos).

QPR maintained their unbeaten start to the npower Championship season with a late fightback at Derby.

Kris Commons finished off a fine move to fire the Rams ahead in the 40th minute, the first goal Warnock's men had conceded this season, and that became two when James Bailey curled home in the 59th minute after a good jinking run from Tomasz Cywka.

But Patrick Agyemang brought Rangers back into the game in injury time before Jamie Mackie snatched a 95th-minute leveller.

Burnley suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 1-0 at Swansea following a neat finish from Scott Sinclair in the eighth minute. The former Chelsea trainee finished off a fine cross from Alan Tate to put the Swans ahead as Burnley never managed to conjure a response.

Swansea then lost Darren Pratley to a second yellow card just before the hour mark for a foul on Tyrone Mears, who swiftly followed after a wild lunge at Nathan Dyer two minutes later.

Second-placed Cardiff were given a helping hand by Portsmouth as they eased to a 2-0 win at Fratton Park, while Middlesbrough, the pre-season favourites for promotion, saw their challenge dealt another blow after Barnsley grabbed a 2-0 win at Oakwell.

Billy Davies' Nottingham Forest are still without a win in five matches so far this season after a 1-1 draw with Norwich.

A 35th-minute penalty from striker Dexter Blackstock put Forest ahead before the Canaries levelled through Andrew Crofts shortly before the break. Both sides threatened in an exciting second half, but neither could find a way through as defences held firm.

Meanwhile, Leeds won 1-0 at Watford, Hull's miserable away record continued with a 3-1 defeat at Doncaster and Jason Scotland ensured a 2-0 win for Ipswich.

Scunthorpe claimed a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, Sheffield United managed a 1-0 home win over Preston and Millwall beat Coventry 3-1.

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Tyrone Mears
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Norwich City
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Scunthorpe United
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Patrick Agyemang
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