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28 Sep 2013 20:16:57

QPR beat Boro to stay clear at top

Queens Park Rangers stayed three points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship after a 2-0 home win over Middlesbrough.

Joey Barton's fourth-minute goal set Harry Redknapp's men on their way towards a seventh league win, which never looked threatened once Charlie Austin converted from the penalty spot following handball by Ben Gibson 11 minutes before the break.

Burnley are second ahead of Leicester on goal difference after they beat an out-of-form Charlton side 3-0 at Turf Moor.

Danny Ings put the home side ahead before half-time, with Sam Vokes wrapping up a comfortable victory with two goals in the second half.

Leicester recorded a 2-1 home win over bottom club Barnsley with a second-half brace from David Nugent, who scored in the 50th and 62nd minutes, the latter a penalty.

Jason Scotland gave the Tykes hope with a 73rd minute reply, but Leicester closed out the closing stages.

A late goal from Cristian Battocchio gave Watford a 1-0 win over Wigan at Vicarage Road to keep the Hornets in the play-off shake-up.

In the lunchtime kick-off, Nottingham Forest won bragging rights in the East Midlands with a 1-0 home win against Derby with a first-half goal from Jack Hobbs - his first for the Reds since signing on loan from Hull.

Darius Henderson saw his penalty on 79 minutes saved by Lee Grant.

Reading are also in the top six after they beat Birmingham 2-0 at the Madjeski Stadium, with a goal in each half from midfielder Danny Guthrie.


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