QPR march on

QPR’s seemingly unstoppable march towards promotion from the npower Championship continued as they posted a workmanlike 1-0 win over Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.

QPR’s seemingly unstoppable march towards promotion from the npower Championship continued as they posted a workmanlike 1-0 win over Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Hogan Ephraim struck the only goal of the match in the 47th minute as Neil Warnock’s men – shorn of the talents of the influential Adel Taarabt due to illness – extended their advantage at the summit over the chasing back.

Second-placed Norwich slipped nine points behind the leaders as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Hull.

Nick Barmby snatched Hull a point as Norwich extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

The Canaries took the lead through a Zak Whitbread header in the 27th minute, but Barmby arrived at the near post to level from close range midway through the second half.

Swansea are a point behind Norwich after Fabio Borini bagged a brace on his debut in their 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest.

Borini, the on-loan Chelsea striker, coolly opened his Swans account from close range shortly after the impressive Scott Sinclair had registered his 17th league goal of the season in the 21st minute.

Man-of-the-match Borini capped a debut to remember with a simple second just before the hour mark.

Kris Boyd had given the visitors hope with a neat finish on the stroke of half-time while Paul Anderson added Forest’s second at the death.

Steve Morison’s late goal dented Cardiff’s automatic-promotion hopes as Millwall secured a 3-3 draw at The Den.

The Bluebirds took the lead through Chris Burke but the Lions hit back in fine style as goals from Liam Trotter and Kevin Lisbie gave them the lead.

Dave Jones’ side produced a riposte as Peter Whittingham levelled things up before Burke netted his second, but Morison netted a late leveller to earn the Lions a share of the spoils.

Sheffield United handed themselves a relegation lifeline with a 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Leeds, Eric Lichaj’s second-half own goal and a Bjorn Helge Riise strike securing the points for Micky Adams’ men.

Nathan Ellington lashed home a stoppage-time winner to hand Preston their second victory inside five days as they saw off fellow strugglers Coventry 2-1 at Deepdale.

Iain Hume’s 24th-minute opener put Phil Brown’s men ahead but the managerless Sky Blues were back on level terms in the 71st minute when substitute David Bell was on hand to sweep the ball home.

Yet North End continued to push forward and they were rewarded in the fourth minute of added time when substitute Ellington fired home from a corner by Hume.

Scunthorpe’s fight for survival was dealt a blow as fine goals from Carlos Edwards and Jimmy Bullard gave Ipswich a routine 2-0 win at Portman Road.

A late Darren Ambrose penalty salvaged a precious point for Crystal Palace in their 2-2 draw with Derby.

Ambrose kept his nerve to score from the spot with two minutes remaining after Derby midfielder Paul Green had fouled Neil Danns.

The Rams looked set to earn the points when Jamie Ward’s stunning strike put them in front for a second time, but Palace were not to be denied.

Stephen Pearson had put Nigel Clough’s side ahead early on but Palace were level at the break when Dean Moxey scored.

David Nugent’s first-half strike gave Portsmouth a 1-0 victory at the Walkers Stadium and seriously dented Leicester’s push for a top-six finish.

Mathieu Manset’s strike 20 minutes from time earned Reading a 1-0 win over Barnsley, while Burnley’s play-off ambitions suffered a blow as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Bristol City.

Clarets boss Eddie Howe was left cursing his former striker Brett Pitman – the pair worked together at Bournemouth – whose opener just before half-time was followed by Nicky Maynard’s 70th-minute strike to seal a Robins win.

Scott McDonald and Andrew Taylor were on target as Middlesbrough came from behind to beat 10-man Watford 2-1. Danny Graham replied for Watford, who lost Adrian Mariappa to a second bookable offence.

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CourtsSoccerHeathrowPlace: Keepmoat StadiumPlace: DenPlace: DeepdalePlace: Portman RoadPlace: Walkers StadiumPlace: BournemouthPerson: Hogan EphraimPerson: Neil WarnockPerson: Adel TaarabtPerson: Nick BarmbyPerson: CanariesPerson: Zak WhitbreadPerson: BarmbyPerson: Fabio BoriniPerson: BoriniPerson: Scott SinclairPerson: Kris BoydPerson: Paul AndersonPerson: Steve MorisonPerson: Chris BurkePerson: Liam TrotterPerson: Kevin LisbiePerson: Dave Jones’Person: Peter WhittinghamPerson: BurkePerson: MorisonPerson: Eric LichajPerson: Bjorn Helge RiisePerson: Micky Adams’Person: Nathan EllingtonPerson: Iain HumePerson: Phil BrownPerson: David BellPerson: EllingtonPerson: HumePerson: Carlos EdwardsPerson: Jimmy BullardPerson: Darren AmbrosePerson: AmbrosePerson: Paul GreenPerson: Neil DannsPerson: Jamie WardPerson: Stephen PearsonPerson: Nigel CloughPerson: Dean MoxeyPerson: David NugentPerson: Mathieu MansetPerson: Eddie HowePerson: Brett PitmanPerson: Nicky MaynardPerson: Scott McDonaldPerson: Andrew TaylorPerson: Danny GrahamPerson: Adrian MariappaEvent: ChampionshipOrganisation: QPROrganisation: DoncasterOrganisation: NorwichOrganisation: HullOrganisation: SwanseaOrganisation: Nottingham ForestOrganisation: ChelseaOrganisation: SwansOrganisation: ForestOrganisation: CardiffOrganisation: MillwallOrganisation: BluebirdsOrganisation: LionsOrganisation: Sheffield UnitedOrganisation: LeedsOrganisation: PrestonOrganisation: CoventryOrganisation: Sky BluesOrganisation: North EndOrganisation: IpswichOrganisation: Crystal PalaceOrganisation: DerbyOrganisation: RamsOrganisation: PalaceOrganisation: PortsmouthOrganisation: LeicesterOrganisation: ReadingOrganisation: BarnsleyOrganisation: BurnleyOrganisation: Bristol CityOrganisation: RobinsOrganisation: MiddlesbroughOrganisation: Watford

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