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Early leaders QPR continued their impressive start to the npower Championship season with a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.

Heidar Helguson broke the deadlock for the Londoners with a penalty after the striker himself was pulled down by midfielder Barry Robson.

After a tight first half, the goal paved the way for Rangers to enjoy themselves and it was quickly 2-0 thanks to Hogan Ephraim's nice finish from Adel Taarabt's ball in. Jamie Mackie (59) made it 3-0 to take his side to 13 points from five games.

Cardiff kept pace with the leaders with a 2-0 win over Hull in Wales to stay level on points with their rivals. On-loan Seyi Olofinjana headed Cardiff in front after 20 minutes against his parent club and Gavin Rae wrapped up the win with a strike from close range in the 81st minute.

Ipswich, who began the day level on points with QPR and Cardiff, had to be content with a point after a goalless draw away to Portsmouth. Both sides had plenty of opportunities and a goal seemed inevitable. However, the goalkeepers finished with the credit as both sides were left frustrated.

Dexter Blackstock went from villain to hero as Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 with high-flying Millwall. Blackstock missed an early penalty after Steve Morison had continued his good start to the season with a fifth-minute goal. However, the striker was on hand to head home an 80th-minute equaliser at the City Ground.

Leeds came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 as Bradley Johnson and Luciano Becchio cancelled out Steven Dobbie's opener and Norwich did the same as a Stephen Foster own goal and a Chris Martin strike nullified Jay McEveley's early header.

George Friend's equaliser deep into injury-time earned Doncaster a 2-2 draw away to Watford. After Simon Gillett's first-half opener for Rovers, Marvin Sordell's double put Watford ahead only for Friend to rifle home two minutes into added time.

Penalties from Shane Long and Ian Harte and Jimmy Kebe's late strike gave Reading a 3-0 win over struggling Crystal Palace while Bristol City beat Scunthorpe 2-0 away from home through Albert Adomah and David Clarkson's strikes.

In the early games, Andy King's late leveller for Leicester cancelled out Clive Platt's header at Coventry while Richard Cresswell's first goal of the season clinched Sheffield United a 1-0 win over Derby.

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