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QPR maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they came from behind to defeat fellow npower Championship promotion hopefuls Cardiff 2-1 at Loftus Road

Craig Bellamy gave Cardiff an early lead, but a Kaspars Gorkss header levelled things up shortly after.

The winner did not come until the second half, but when it did, predictably it was from Adel Taarabt, with the Moroccan slamming home from close range (68), to move QPR five points clear at the top of the table.

Coventry moved back into the play-off places with a 2-0 win at struggling Scunthorpe, with Gary McSheffrey giving them the lead shortly after the half-hour when he followed in Marlon King's shot, before King's second-half drive hit a post and went in off the unfortunate Joe Murphy.

At the Madjeski Stadium, Reading played out a 0-0 draw with Leeds, whose goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was outstanding in the second half, while visiting captain Jonny Howson could have won it in added time.

At a snow-covered Riverside, Hull twice led Middlesbrough, only for Tony Mowbray's men to hit back on both occasions and draw 2-2.

In-form midfielder Robert Koren gave Hull the lead, with Leroy Lita levelling. Anthony Gerrard then restored Hull's advantage before the interval, with Scott McDonald getting the home side back on terms 27 seconds into the second half.

Two first-half penalties from Brett Pitman helped Bristol City to a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Sheffield United. The former Bournemouth man struck from the spot twice after indiscretions from Leon Britton and Stephen Jordan, with United's Richard Cresswell sent off on the stroke of half-time for a foul on Marvin Elliott. Jamie McAllister finished things off.

Pablo Counago's first-half goal gave Crystal Palace a valuable three points as they leapfrogged Middlesbrough into 18th with a 1-0 home win against Doncaster, while Preston and Millwall and Barnsley and Watford both played out goalless draws.

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Leon Britton
Doncaster Rovers
Bristol City
Kaspars Gorkss
Scunthorpe United
Jamie McAllister
Craig Bellamy
Cardiff City
Stephen Jordan
Marvin Elliott
Gary McSheffrey
Scott McDonald
Preston North End
Robert Koren
Joe Murphy
Gary McSheffrey
Marlon King
Richard Cresswell
Anthony Gerrard
Kasper Schmeichel
Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield United
Crystal Palace
Leroy Lita
Hull City
Leeds United
Coventry City
Pablo Counago
Adel Taarabt
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