Mackie at the double

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Jamie Mackie's double helped unbeaten Queen's Park Rangers surge three points clear at the top of the npower Championship with an emphatic 3-0 win over Roy Keane's Ipswich at Portman Road.

Mackie continued Rangers' stunning start to the new campaign by prodding them ahead just past the half-hour and adding a second on 42 before Heidur Helguson's second-half penalty completed the rout.

There was better news for Rangers on a night when no other team who started in the top nine won, with second-placed Cardiff blowing a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 at struggling Leicester.

Dave Jones' unbeaten Bluebirds looked set to keep pace with the leaders when Lee Naylor knocked home a rare goal after 26 minutes but a double from Andy King gave the Foxes their first win of the season.

Millwall nudged up to third despite being held to a goalless draw at home by Reading, but the biggest movers on the night were Doncaster, who rose from 10th to fourth after James Coppinger's hat-trick earned a 3-1 win over Norwich.

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan finally found something to smile about in the form of his Estonian striker Tarmo Kink, who struck two late goals as Boro came from a goal down to edge past Burnley 2-1 at the Riverside.

But there were no such smiles on the faces of Simon Grayson's Leeds who were embarrassed 5-2 by Barnsley at Oakwell where Garry O'Connor, Joey O'Brien, Diego Arismendi and Adam Hammill all added to an own goal from Neill Collins.

Arguably the performance of the night came from Scunthorpe who made light of the loss of manager Nigel Adkins to Southampton by blazing to a 4-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Chris Dagnall started the rout on 33 minutes and added a second after the break along with goals from David Mirfin and Martyn Woolford to leave new Blades boss Gary Speed some idea of the size of the task in hand.

Winless Portsmouth remain rooted to the foot of the table after James Vaughan's hat-trick set up a 4-1 win for Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, while goals from Daniel Ayala and Robert Koren earned Hull a 2-0 home win over Derby.

Lewis McGugan's late double earned Nottingham Forest a 2-1 win over Preston at Deepdale, while Swansea nudged past Coventry 2-1 and Watford were 2-0 winners at Bristol City.

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Leicester City
Gary Speed
Norwich City
James Coppinger
Doncaster Rovers
Ipswich Town
James Vaughan
Joey O'Brien
Bristol City
Diego Arismendi
Chris Dagnall
Scunthorpe United
David Mirfin
Cardiff City
Gordon Strachan
Andy King
Preston North End
Derby County
Robert Koren
Neill Collins
Nottingham Forest
Roy Keane
Daniel Ayala
Jamie Mackie
Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield United
Garry O'Connor
Crystal Palace
Hull City
Lewis McGugan
Leeds United
Coventry City
Martyn Woolford
Swansea City
Adam Hammill

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