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Cardiff failed to capitalise on QPR's first loss of the season as the Welsh side were defeated 1-0 by struggling Middlesbrough.

Julio Arca converted a 40th-minute penalty at the Riverside after Gabor Gyepes had brought down Marvin Emnes, earning the hosts their first win in five npower Championship games.

City remain second in the table having missed the opportunity to cut the gap between themselves and leaders QPR - beaten 3-1 at home by Watford on Friday night - to one point.

Dave Jones' team are level on points with third-placed Swansea, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Millwall on Friday, while Leeds have moved up to fourth following their superb second-half comeback at Burnley.

The Clarets went in at the interval with a two-goal cushion thanks to goals from Brian Easton and Jay Rodriguez, but Max Gradel's effort sparked the visitors' revival seven minutes after the restart, Luciano Becchio drew things level in the 66th minute and Jonny Howson's late strike completed the turnaround to seal a dramatic 3-2 win.

Coventry are fifth after a 0-0 draw at Reading, with Norwich dropping to sixth off the back of a 2-0 defeat against Portsmouth at Carrow Road.

Dave Kitson slotted home Pompey's first from six yards in the 73rd minute after excellent play from strike partner David Nugent, who then won a penalty which Greg Halford converted in injury time following a foul by Leon Barnett. The Canaries defender was sent off for a second booking as a result to cap a miserable day for the home side.

Derby were beaten 2-0 at Bristol City, Brett Pitman netting a brace to help his side climb further away from the drop zone.

Barnsley emerged triumphant from their South Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United, Hugo Colace scoring the game's only goal shortly before the break by firing home a superb driven cross from Jim O'Brien.

Leicester fell behind early on against Doncaster due to Billy Sharp's acrobatic effort, but responded emphatically, Paul Gallagher's penalty and further goals from Richie Wellens, Kyle Naughton, Darius Vassell and Martyn Waghorn giving the Foxes a 5-1 win. At Deepdale, Iain Hume increased the pressure on Ipswich boss Roy Keane with the 50th-minute goal that sealed a much-needed 1-0 win for rock-bottom Preston.

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