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14 Sep 2013 19:46:52

Bishop strike keeps Blackpool top

Neal Bishop's 48th-minute winner maintained 10-man Blackpool's unbeaten record at the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at Dean Court.

The visitors shrugged off the 58th-minute dismissal of Jack Robinson for a second bookable offence to hang on for their fifth win from six league games this season.

Ricardo Fuller's seventh-minute header gave the Tangerines a dream start but Lewis Grabban's fifth goal of the season for Bournemouth five minutes later had levelled the scores.

QPR kept pace at the top of the table after surviving a couple of early scares to beat struggling Birmingham 1-0 at Loftus Road.

Lee Novak headed against the post and Andrew Shinnie put an easy chance over the bar for the Blues, and Lee Clark's men were made to pay when Charlie Austin headed the winner from a Joey Barton free-kick four minutes after the break.

Nottingham Forest moved up to third place with a thrilling 3-2 win over Barnsley at the City Ground.

Forest twice led through Simon Cox and a Kelvin Etuhu own goal, but Chris O'Grady's penalty and then a 69th-minute effort from Tomasz Cywka pegged the home side back.

But Darius Henderson popped up to grab the 84th-minute winner for Forest when he headed home a Djamel Abdoun corner.

Liam Moore's early header and an 81st-minute penalty from David Nugent proved enough to ease Leicester up to fourth in the table with a 2-0 win over Wigan at the King Power Stadium.

And Luke Varney's sixth-minute header gave improving Leeds a 1-0 win over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium, a result which confirmed a worst league start in 50 years for Dougie Freedman's men.


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