QPR survived the sending off of Bradley Orr to end a run of four straight draws and move back to the top of the npower Championship with a 3-1 win over Reading.
Adel Taarabt put Rangers ahead from the penalty spot but Orr was shown a straight red card a minute before half-time.
Alejandro Faurlin doubled the home side's lead, Shane Long pulled a goal back, but Tommy Smith had the final say.
Rangers moved a point ahead of Cardiff, who play third-placed Swansea on Sunday.
Tony Mowbray secured his first win as Middlesbrough manager as Crystal Palace pressed the self-destruct button at the Riverside.
In the battle of the bottom two, Palace led until the 75th minute through Pablo Counago.
But Boro substitute Tarmo Kink and a Patrick McCarthy own goal handed the home side a 2-1 victory and ended their seven-match winless run.
Ipswich moved into the play-off zone with a 2-1 win at Sheffield United.
Tamas Priskin put the visitors ahead and although Stephen Quinn levelled, Gareth McAuley wrapped up the points for Roy Keane's men.
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