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Result: Patrick Bamford back on scoresheet as Leeds defeat Blackburn

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Leeds remain firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion after a hard-earned 2-1 win at home to Blackburn.

However, their fans were again made to sweat for the points, despite having led 2-0.

Patrick Bamford ended his long goal drought to open the scoring from the spot before teeing up Jack Harrison for the second shortly after.

Despite Derrick Williams notching for Rovers, Leeds held on to remain third and stay just two points behind leaders West Brom.

Stuart Dallas registered the game's first effort although his attempt was well off target after being put in down the left flank.

Despite both sides stringing together some neat exchanges, both were also heavily guilty of giving away possession too cheaply.

Northern Ireland international Dallas then fashioned another chance on 23 minutes when he latched onto a ball and continued his central run before firing over the Blackburn crossbar.

The game sprang into life just before the half-hour when Leeds were awarded a penalty after Luke Ayling's sprint into the area was halted by Blackburn defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

Bamford stepped up to take the spot-kick and would have felt a sense of relief as he coolly slotted home to not only put the hosts in front, but also end a barren personal 10-game spell without a goal.

And it got even better for the hosts when Bamford played his part in a superb second goal just a few moments later.

The forward latched the ball out of the air, controlled it and laid it into the path of Harrison, whose stroked effort went in off a post.

The feelgood factor around Elland Road evaporated slightly just before half-time when Stewart Downing's corner was met with a planted header from Williams, who halved the deficit.

Harrison produced the first chance of the second half when he was played in down the left-hand side of the Blackburn box but could only blaze his shot over.

Harrison was in the thick of the action and saw two shots blocked by a dogged away defence just after the hour mark as Leeds upped the ante in search of a third.

A Leeds corner on 74 minutes almost saw them squeeze in another but an almighty scramble allowed Blackburn to somehow clear their lines.

Blackburn were still in the game but goalscorer Williams fired off target after good work from Bradley Dack in a rare second-half effort from them.

Leeds could have sealed the win with a classy third from a quick counter-attack but again Harrison was off target.

Given Leeds' habit of failing to kill off teams at home, the majority of the crowd were understandably cautious at such a slender advantage but the hosts just managed to hold on for another precious win.

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Result: Patrick Bamford back on scoresheet as Leeds defeat Blackburn

Result: Britt Assombalonga scores twice for struggling Boro in QPR draw

Britt Assombalonga scored twice for struggling Middlesbrough as they drew 2-2 at QPR in the Sky Bet Championship.

Boro were staring at another defeat before Nahki Wells' appalling back-pass went straight to Assombalonga, who capitalised by calmly lifting the ball over keeper Joe Lumley.

Wells' ninth goal of the season had brought Rangers level just after they had fallen behind to Assombalonga's first, and an own goal by Jonny Howson a minute before half-time meant the hosts led at the interval.

After keeper Darren Randolph pushed out Grant Hall's header, the ball bounced off the unfortunate Howson and into the net.

That seemed to sum up what has been a miserable season for Jonathan Woodgate's Boro side so far – but they left with a point courtesy of Assombalonga's 69th-minute equaliser.

Boro, now without a win in nine games and having not scored in their previous four, were the better side early on and went ahead through Assombalonga's 23rd-minute opener.

Howson went past Ryan Manning and crossed from the right towards Assombalonga, who got in front of Hall to head beyond Lumley.

Manning made amends by helping to set up a goal just two minutes later.

Manning played the ball in to Ilias Chair, whose flick to Wells left the striker with time and space to pick his spot and calmly equalise – despite Boro's protests for offside.

Earlier the flag did go up – seemingly for offside – when the visitors thought they had gone ahead after Daniel Ayala headed in Marvin Johnson's right-wing cross in only the second minute.

QPR, yet to keep a clean sheet this season, continued to look vulnerable and Lee Wallace, making his home debut, denied Assombalonga with a last-ditch tackle shortly before another Johnson cross was headed straight at Lumley by Marcus Tavernier.

It therefore came as no surprise when Boro opened the scoring.

However, Rangers hit back almost immediately and then would have gone ahead had Randolph not produced a fine save by diving to his left to keep out Hall's header from Ebere Eze's free-kick.

Another Hall header, this time from Eze's corner, led to Rangers going in front, but Wells' appalling lapse and some heroic work by Randolph means they are now without a win in four matches.

Randolph produced excellent saves to deny Hall, Wells and Eze in the closing stages and Rangers substitute Jordan Hugill – playing against his hometown club – headed wide of the target.

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Result: Reading ease past Luton as Bowen revival continues

Reading extended their unbeaten Championship run under new manager Mark Bowen to four matches with a 3-0 home win over Luton.

Defender Michael Morrison gave Reading a 22nd-minute lead when nodding in from a corner.

On the half-hour, midfielder Ovie Ejaria made it 2-0 with an angled drive from outside the area.

Against a poor Luton side, Reading added a third goal 11 minutes from time when substitute Garath McCleary coolly slotted home.

Bowen replaced Jose Gomes last month and had led his side to two victories and a draw in his opening matches in charge.

Luton, the League One champions last season, had lost their previous three league games and six of their past nine.

It was their first meeting with Reading since August 2008, when the hosts won 5-1 in a League Cup second-round tie at the Madejski Stadium.

Luton began brightly with Callum McManaman crossing into the home area only for goalkeeper Rafael to gather comfortably.

Reading counter-attacked quickly, Luke Bolton having to make a fine saving tackle as Omar Richards threatened to break through the Luton cover.

As the game see-sawed in the steady rain, Luton captain Martin Cranie found himself free at the back post from a Jacob Butterfield corner.

Although Cranie struck his shot powerfully, Rafael made a fine save.

Luton had another chance soon after from a well-flighted Harry Cornick centre from the right but James Collins misdirected his header and failed to trouble Rafael.

Reading replied with a mazy run from Richards, whose eventual 20-yard effort produced a superb save from keeper James Shea.

However, from the resultant corner, Reading went ahead as John Swift slung over the set-piece and centre back Morrison rose alone to beat Shea with a firm header.

Eight minutes later, Reading increased their advantage.

A fast break out of defence along the left flank saw Swift release Liverpool loanee Ejaria, who cut in and curled a precise shot past Shea.

Sam Baldock had a chance to stretch the lead further before half-time but Shea made a fine stop from his accurate attempt.

Luton offered little going forward and were pressed back again after the interval.

A poor defensive clearance found the unmarked Swift but he lost his composure and blazed high over the crossbar.

Reading continued to push forward, with Luton still unable to make much headway in attack.

The home side resumed control when Richards once again found space on the left wing.

His excellent cross was met by George Puscas at the far post but Shea made a superb save to keep out the Romanian's close-range header.

McCleary sealed it for Reading in the 79th minute when seizing on an error by Alan Sheehan before running through to calmly beat Shea.

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