QPR sit top of the Sky Bet Championship following a dramatic midweek round full of twists and turns.
Lyndon Dykes’ first-half brace plus a 74th minute header from Kenneth Paal saw QPR thrash ten-men Cardiff 3-0 at Loftus Road after Jack Simpson was red carded in the 18th minute, which lifted Michael Beale’s Hoops up to the summit.
Goals from Ben Brereton Diaz and Scott Wharton saw Blackburn defeat Sunderland 2-0 to climb to second on goal difference.
Burnley slipped to third after Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s 20-yard curler was cancelled out by Scott Hogan’s close-range finish, as Birmingham City fought back for a 1-1 draw at St Andrew’s.
Sheffield United sit fourth after their winless run extended to four matches with a narrow defeat at Coventry City, as Martyn Waghorn’s 87th minute penalty lifted the Sky Blues off the foot of the table into 23rd position.
Luton and Norwich round out the top six following their close encounter at Carrow Road, in which the Hatters emerged victorious, courtesy of Carlton Morris’ winner as Dean Smith’s Canaries finished with ten men after Kenny McClean was red carded for hitting out at Tom Lockyer.
Down in the relegation zone, Huddersfield slipped to rock-bottom following defeat at home to Preston as Greg Cunningham headed in a 50th minute winner for the visitors.
West Brom slipped back into the bottom three after losing 2-0 at home to Bristol City, as Nakhi Wells assisted Joe Williams’ opener before heading in a second goal himself.
Blackpool sit two points outside of the relegation zone after Kenny Dougall’s equaliser failed to prevent them from slipping to a 3-1 home loss against Hull, who iniitially led through Ryan Longman’s goal before Greg Docherty and Reagan Slater completed victory.
Elsewhere, Harry Darling, Ollie Cooper and Jay Fulton all found the net as Swansea came from behind to stun Reading 3-2 at home, after the Royals had led through Yakou Meite and Tom Ince’s first-half goals.
Tom Bradshaw’s first-half hat-trick saw Millwall thrash Watford at The Den to lift Gary Rowett’s Lions up to eighth.
Second-half goals from Duncan Watmore, Hayden Hackney and Chuba Akpom completed a comeback 4-1 win for Middlesbrough away at Wigan, having cancelled out Will Keane’s opener with an equaliser from Isaiah Jones.
Finally, Ollie Rathbone fired in a sixth-minute rebound winner to secure victory for Rotherham away at Stoke City, which marked the Millers’ first consecutive league wins of this season.