Magpies extend advantage

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Newcastle extended their lead at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship to five points with a 1-0 victory over Doncaster.

Striker Andy Carroll, reportedly involved in a training-ground bust-up on Sunday which left team-mate Steven Taylor with a suspected broken jaw, scored the only goal of the game after 59 minutes at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Nottingham Forest maintained their promotion push and equalled a 30-year club record of 12 consecutive home league wins with a 2-0 victory over struggling Crystal Palace.

Swansea remain in the play-off places despite being thrashed 5-1 at Blackpool, who moved up to seventh in the table.

Middlesbrough moved up to eighth in the table with a 2-0 win over Preston at the Riverside.

At the other end of the table, Plymouth boosted their survival chances with a 2-0 win away to Ipswich.

Scunthorpe edged further away from the drop zone with a 4-0 thrashing of bottom side Peterborough, Paul Hayes, Sam Togwell and Garry Thompson (two) grabbing the goals.

The most thrilling game of the night came at Ashton Gate where Bristol City beat Barnsley 5-3.

The visitors led 2-1 after Hugo Colace and Daniel Bogdanovic replied to Danny Haynes' second-minute opener, but City bounced back through a Nicky Maynard double, Haynes' second and a penalty from Paul Hartley. Andy Gray pulled one back for Barnsley 10 minutes from time.

The evening's other game ended in a 1-1 draw between QPR and Derby, Lee Cook giving QPR the lead on the stroke of half-time but Shaun Barker equalising midway through the second period.

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Sam Togwell
Peterborough United
Doncaster Rovers
Ipswich Town
Paul Hayes
Shaun Barker
Bristol City
Steven Taylor
Scunthorpe United
Garry Thompson
Hugo Colace
Preston North End
Derby County
Nottingham Forest
Nicky Maynard
Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace
Andy Gray
Danny Haynes
Daniel Bogdanovic
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
Lee Cook
Paul Hartley

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