Championship round-up: QPR fight back to earn Brighton draw while Middlesbrough go top

first_imgNew QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink saw his side recover from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Brighton at Loftus Road.The league leaders scored twice in two second-half minutes as Dale Stephens scored smartly before Rajiv van La Parra doubled the lead with a right-footed shot from outside the area.However, Charlie Austin was the hero for the hosts as he scored twice following Lewis Dunk’s dismissal to complete the comeback only minutes before the full time whistle.Meanwhile, Emilio Nsue ensured Middlesbrough leapfrogged Brighton to claim top spot in the Championship as he scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over fifth-placed Burnley.Tom Ince put in the type of performance that was expected of him on a weekly basis as he scored a hat-trick to keep Derby in contention for an automatic promotion place as they won 4-0 at home to Bristol City.The former Blackpool man scored either side of half time to down the Robins, the first a right-footed shot across goal before doubling his tally with a left-footed effort from outside the area.Ince grabbed his third in the 71st minute with a close range effort to keep the Rams third before he turned provider as Johnny Russell made it four.Cardiff City overcame a late scare as they survived a Brentford fightback to win 3-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium.Tony Watt opened the scoring after only 20 minutes with a left-footed shot before Kenwyne Jones doubled the Bluebirds’ lead nearly ten minutes later from close range to seal the victory.Brentford managed to pull a goal back 20 minutes from time through a Jake Bidwell header before John Swift levelled with only five minutes remaining.However, Jones reclaimed the lead in injury time as Cardiff were on the brink of surrendering a 2-0 lead for the third successive game.Cash-strapped Bolton fought from 2-0 down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Charlton at the Valley.Ademola Lookman scored twice for the hosts within the first 26 minutes, with the first coming after only a minute of the game.However, Wanderers, who started the evening at the foot of the Championship table and unable to pay their players for the month of November, fought back with Emile Heskey and Josh Vela both scoring to level the scores before the break.Ipswich maintained their play-off push as they marched out 2-1 winners away to managerless Fulham.Freddie Sears opened the scoring for the visitors after only 17 seconds, before Ross McCormack hit back for the Cottagers.However, Brett Pitman, for the second game in a row, sealed the win for the Tractor Boys as they ended the evening in sixth.Huddersfield moved away from the relegation places with a 2-0 victory over struggling Rotherham thanks to goals from Mustapha Carayol and Ishmael Miller.MK Dons ran out 2-1 winners at home to Sheffield Wednesday, while Birmingham rescued a 1-1 draw away to Preston in the evening’s remaining two games. Full Championship results:Cardiff 3-2 BrentfordCharlton 2-2 BoltonDerby 4-0 Bristol CityFulham 1-2 IpswichHuddersfield 2-0 RotherhamMiddlesbrough 1-0 BurnleyQPR 2-2 BrightonMK Dons 2-1 Sheffield WednesdayPreston 1-1 Birmingham Charlie Austin scored twice to earn a draw against Brighton 1last_img