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Irish duo do damage for regal Reading

READING had their Irish striking duo to thank for the 4-1 victory over BRISTOL CITY at the Madejski Stadium. Shane Long scored twice and Noel Hunt also netted to put the Royals well on their way to victory.

QPR boss Neil Warnock insists he is not worried about the possibility of losing captain Adel Taarabt to a Premier League club in January.

The Morocco international, a £1m bargain signing from Tottenham in the summer, was at his unplayable best in the 4-0 win at home to SWANSEA yesterday which put Rangers four points clear at the top of the npower Championship.

Taarabt set up the opener for Jamie Mackie, won a penalty for Heidar Helguson to tuck in number two and wrapped up the scoring himself with a fine double.

Taarabt, though, can delight and frustrate in equal measure and, when asked if he feared a top-flight club coming in for his talisman when the transfer window opens next week, Warnock said: "I don't think anyone in the Premier League will want him - who would put up with him?"

QPR's Clint Hill and Swansea's Alan Tate were both sent off in the 19th minute for squaring up to each other as tempers flared, but Warnock and opposite number Brendan Rodgers were bemused by the decision.

"I still don't understand the red card so we will be appealing against that - he's not lifted his hands or anything," Warnock said.

Rodgers also confirmed he would look at the incident again before considering an appeal.

CARDIFF moved up to second with a 2-0 win over promotion rivals COVENTRY thanks to goals from Seyi Olofinjana and Craig Bellamy.

The Bluebirds went into the game having taken just one point from the last 12 on offer and boss Dave Jones was delighted his side got back to winning ways.

He said: "There was lots of good movement and everything fell into place. When you lose a couple of games you tend to look at the way you are playing but all we needed was a tweak here and there.

"We have a lot of illness in the camp, even some of those who played here, so all credit to them."

LEEDS surrendered a two-goal lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw at LEICESTER which saw them slip to third, a point behind Cardiff.

The Foxes scored twice in the last 19 minutes through Paul Gallagher and Andy King to snatch a point and boss Sven-Goran Eriksson was pleased by his side's fightback.

He said: "The good thing was we showed we could fight in the second half and that is why we did not lose the game.

"We showed a lot of character. It was good to come back from 2-0 down against a very good football team."

Elsewhere, Jimmy Bullard came off the bench to score an injury-time winner in HULL CITY'S 3-2 win at SHEFFIELD UNITED in his first appearance since early October following knee ligament damage.

PORTSMOUTH came from behind to draw 1-1 with MILLWALL at Fratton Park, BURNLEY won 2-1 at BARNSLEY to record their first away win of the season.