QPR remain five points clear at the top of the npower Championship after they drew 1-1 at bottom side Preston while Nottingham Forest moved into second place.

The teams entered the game in vastly different form - the Hoops unbeaten in the league since January 1 while the Lilywhites have not won since December 11, a run comprising six defeats and three draws.

Neil Warnock's side went ahead in the 37th minute when Heidar Helguson swept home Ishmael Miller's cross. However, the Lilywhites levelled through Barry Nicholson who lobbed the ball over Paddy Kenny.

Robert Earnshaw scored the winning goal as Nottingham Forest beat Cardiff 2-1 at the City Ground. Wes Morgan climbed highest to head home Lewis McGugan's corner before the Bluebirds levelled when they were awarded a penalty following Chris Gunter's handball and Peter Whittingham sent Lee Camp the wrong way. Forest though were back in front when Earnshaw slotted home three minutes later.

Leeds and Norwich shared a 2-2 draw at Elland Road while Swansea moved into third after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Doncaster.

Ipswich and Hull shared a 1-1 draw. Jason Scotland put Ipswich ahead but the Tigers levelled with a free header five minutes from time.

Reading and Watford also drew 1-1. Watford, without a win in five league games, took the lead through Andreas Weimann who slammed home the rebound after his first shot had been saved. However, the Royals levelled shortly after half time when Noel Hunt slotted home from close range.

Struggling Middlesbrough enjoyed a 3-2 win at Millwall thanks to goals from Tony McMahon, Scott McDonald and Leroy Lita won the game when he glanced home in the 83rd minute.

Portsmouth beat Barnsley 1-0, Kanu flicking home with six minutes to go.

Scunthorpe and Derby drew 0-0 but Sheffield United are in a dire position after losing 1-0 to Darren Ambrose's fine goal and they are now five points from safety.

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