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QPR survived the sending off of Bradley Orr to end a run of four straight draws and move back to the top of the npower Championship with a 3-1 win over Reading.

Adel Taarabt put Rangers ahead from the penalty spot but Orr was shown a straight red card a minute before half-time.

Alejandro Faurlin doubled the home side's lead, Shane Long pulled a goal back, but Tommy Smith had the final say.

Rangers moved a point ahead of Cardiff, who play third-placed Swansea on Sunday.

Tony Mowbray secured his first win as Middlesbrough manager as Crystal Palace pressed the self-destruct button at the Riverside.

In the battle of the bottom two, Palace led until the 75th minute through Pablo Counago.

But Boro substitute Tarmo Kink and a Patrick McCarthy own goal handed the home side a 2-1 victory and ended their seven-match winless run.

Ipswich moved into the play-off zone with a 2-1 win at Sheffield United.

Tamas Priskin put the visitors ahead and although Stephen Quinn levelled, Gareth McAuley wrapped up the points for Roy Keane's men.

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Ipswich Town
Reading
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Cardiff City
Patrick McCarthy
Bradley Orr
Stephen Quinn
Tommy Smith
Roy Keane
Queens Park Rangers
Shane Long
Gareth McAuley
Sheffield United
Tommy Smith
Crystal Palace
Alejandro Faurlin
Middlesbrough
Pablo Counago
Adel Taarabt
Swansea City
Tamas Priskin
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