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QPR seal Premier League return

QPR seal Premier League return (©PAphotos)
QPR seal Premier League return (©PAphotos).

QPR were crowned champions and promoted to the Barclays Premier League with one match of the npower Championship season as they recorded a 2-0 win at Watford.

Goals from star midfielder Adel Taarabt and Tommy Smith wrapped up the points which should see Rangers promoted unless they are docked points on Friday. The Football Association are due to rule on seven charges relating to the registration of Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin which could result in a points deduction that could see Rangers dropped into the play-offs or worse.

At the other end of the table Sheffield United and Scunthorpe both joined already-relegated Preston and will play League One football next season.

The Blades had fallen behind to a Danny Haynes goal at Bramall Lane against Barnsley but Matthew Lowton and Lee Williamson had given them hope of surviving the drop until Haynes netted a second with six minutes to go.

Scunthorpe were thumped 5-1 at play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest whose three points kept them that distance above Leeds in the final spot. Kris Boyd and Luke Chambers netted a brace each for Forest who also scored through Paul Anderson and had Robert Earnshaw sent off late on. A Michael O'Connor penalty was a mere consolation for the Iron.

Preston's misery continued as they lost 2-1 at Ipswich to goals from Jason Scotland and David Norris, with Paul Coutts scoring for the visitors.

Swansea's 2-0 win at Millwall kept their play-off hopes on course but ended those of the home side, Darren Pratley and Stephen Dobbie netting either side of half-time.

Reading also remain in the play-offs after a 0-0 draw at Coventry but Leeds are just below following their 1-0 home win over Burnley thanks to Ross McCormack's goal.

Doncaster confirmed their Championship status with a 1-1 home draw against Leicester, Steve Brooker scoring for the home side before Ayegbeni Yakubu equalised.

Ibra Sekajja equalised for Crystal Palace with two minutes to go in the 1-1 draw at Hull who led through Anthony Gerrard, while Jon Stead and Cole Skuse got the goals as Bristol City won 2-0 away to Derby.

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