Championship - QPR beat Boro to stay top

Queens Park Rangers stayed top of the Championship with a 2-0 win at home to Middlesbrough.

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Championship - QPR and Leicester pull level with Burnley

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QPR, who saw Nottingham Forest briefly leapfrog them after beating Derby in the lunchtime game, secured a straightforward 2-0 win over Boro through first-half goals from Joey Barton and Charlie Austin.

Barton scored after only four minutes and striker Austin netted from the penalty spot to put Harry Redknapp's side firmly in control.

Burnley kept up the pressure on leaders QPR with a hard-fought 3-0 win over strugglers Charlton. Danny Ings's first-half effort and a Sam Vokes brace were enough to sure the Addicks' miserable start to the season continued in east Lancashire.

David Nugent scored twice as Leicester beat Barnsley 2-1 at the King Power Stadium to preserve their unbeaten home record in the Championship. But the hosts had to survive a late rally from Barnsley after substitute Jason Scotland brought them back into the game with a 72nd-minute header. Nugent broke the deadlock in the 49th minute and then scored again in the 61st with his fifth penalty of the season as Leicester made it 13 points from five games at home.

A late strike from substitute Cristian Battocchio fired Watford to their third consecutive Championship win as they overcame Wigan 1-0 in a predictably tight contest at Vicarage Road. The game was short on clear-cut chances but with eight minutes remaining Battocchio fired home from the edge of the area after a shot from fellow replacement Davide Faraoni had been blocked.

Danny Guthrie scored twice as Reading continued their good recent run with a 2-0 victory over Birmingham, who were brought back to earth with a bump following their midweek heroics in knocking holders Swansea out of the League Cup. Both of Guthrie's goals come from free-kicks - the first unintended, as it flew through a packed Birmingham penalty area, and the second an accurate set-piece that found the net via a post. Those goals helped Reading make it 13 points from their last five league games and leave Birmingham unable to cap a memorable week with a third successive victory.

Jordan Rhodes scored twice as Blackburn won 3-1 at 10-man Bournemouth. Substitute Richard Hughes was shown two yellow cards in the space of four second-half minutes, but Rovers were already in a commanding position thanks to a first-half brace from Rhodes and a goal from Leon Best. Another Cherries substitute, Ryan Fraser, pulled a goal back in the 74th minute after being put clear by new signing Tokelo Rantie but it was too late to stop Blackburn picking up the victory - their first on the road this season.

Martyn Woolford and Scott Malone's second-half efforts were enough to give Millwall a 2-0 victory over bitter rivals Leeds United at the New Den. Woolford struck after 65 minutes and Malone 11 minutes later to give the Lions their third successive Championship victory and condemn Leeds to their third league loss in as many games.

Red-hot David McGoldrick scored twice in four first-half minutes to give Ipswich a 2-0 victory over woeful Brighton. The Town number 10 scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, the first taking a deflection off former Ipswich loanee Keith Andrews and then a clinical finish after beating Brighton skipper Gordon Greer.

Federico Macheda struck his third goal in two games as Doncaster snatched a 1-0 victory in a tight South Yorkshire derby at Sheffield Wednesday. The on-loan Manchester United striker headed home unmarked in the 71st minute to give Rovers a first success in seven games while extending Wednesday's winless start to the Championship season to an eighth game.

Alex Baptiste's late equaliser spared Bolton an embarrassing home defeat to Yeovil but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Adam Bogdan's howler saw Ed Upson score for the visitors with just over 10 minutes left, and another defeat would have added to Bolton's miserable start to the season. But Matt Mills' header in injury time rattled against the post and Baptiste nodded in the rebound to give the Trotters a point which sees them move off the foot of the table.

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