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Helguson keeps QPR six clear

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QPR striker Heidar Helguson snatched a 90th-minute winner at Crystal Palace to maintain the npower Championship leaders' six-point cushion at the top.

The Iceland international bundled home Tommy Smith's cross just two minutes after substitute Kieron Cadogan had equalised Adel Taarabt's opener, which came just after half-time.

That was enough to maintain the distance to second-placed Cardiff, who beat Barnsley 2-1 at Oakwell.

Craig Bellamy struck on his return from injury only for Jason Shackell to equalise.

Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele saved Peter Whittingham's penalty but Seyi Olofinjana hit the visitors' winner before team-mate Darcy Blake was sent off in the 82nd minute for a second bookable offence.

Third-placed Norwich ran out 3-0 winners at Bristol City with two goals from Simeon Jackson and a penalty from Wes Hoolahan, while Watford made it wins for all the top four as Marvin Sordell's strike was enough to beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Managerless Leicester, who were watched by former England and Manchester City coach Sven-Goran Eriksson after the Foxes sacked Paulo Sousa on Friday, lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with a 3-1 home win over Scunthorpe. Martyn Waghorn, Lloyd Dyer and Franck Moussa scored for the hosts, with Michael O'Connor having made it 2-1 on the hour.

Ipswich moved up into fifth after a 2-1 win over 10-man Leeds, for whom Robert Snodgrass' 77th-minute equaliser to Jason Scotland's opener was quickly surpassed by Tommy Smith's winner. Defender Alex Bruce was sent off for a second yellow card just moments after his side had drawn level.

10-man Burnley drew 1-1 at Millwall, Middlesbrough drew 2-2 with Portsmouth, Preston's home game to Reading finished 1-1 and Nottingham Forest were held to a 1-1 draw at Doncaster.

Hull v Coventry and Swansea v Derby both finished goalless.

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