Long shakes off flu to help Reading stroll past Bristol
Ireland striker Shane Long rose from his sickbed yesterday to seal Reading's comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Bristol City .
The Tipperary man had been suffering from flu but found the net twice in the second half to help his side move to within a point of the play-off places.
Reading manager Brian McDermott hailed Long's performance, saying: "Shane has been suffering with flu this week and wasn't able to train until Christmas Eve. It wasn't just the fact that he scored two goals today, it was his all-round performance."
Jon Stead gave City the lead early on, but Reading roared back with strikes from Jobi McAnuff, Noel Hunt and Long's brace.
Ireland international Kevin Kilbane was forced off in Hull's 3-2 win over Sheffield United, after a high challenge from Ched Evans left him in hospital with concussion and unable to see out of one eye.
Jay Simpson had scored twice to give Hull a 2-0 interval lead, one of his goals a penalty. A double from Evans looked to have earned a point for the managerless Blades until substitute Jimmy Bullard's injury-time winner.
Championship leaders QPR put two straight defeats behind them as they crushed Swansea 4-0 at Loftus Road.
Neil Warnock's men had seen their unbeaten start to the season come crashing to a halt with losses against Watford and Leeds, but found their old form against the fourth-placed Swans.
Adel Taarabt was back to his best for the Hoops, scoring twice, while Jamie Mackie and Heidar Helguson (penalty) were also on target.
Cardiff leapfrogged Leeds into second as they got the better of Coventry 2-0 at home.
Seyi Olofinjana gave them the lead with 21 minutes gone, before Craig Bellamy wrapped things up with seven minutes remaining.
City were able to jump ahead of Leeds thanks to the Yorkshire men throwing away a two-goal lead as they drew 2-2 at Leicester.
Max Gradel's header and a stunner from Robert Snodgrass had put Simon Grayson's side on course for all three points, before Paul Gallagher (penalty) and Andy King hauled Leicester back into it.
City argued that Leeds goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel should have been sent off after he brought down Darius Vassell for their penalty, but he remained on the field as Leeds extended their unbeaten run to 10 games.
At Oakwell, Burnley came from behind to beat Barnsley 2-1. Adam Hammill had given the home side an interval lead, but second-half goals from John Guidetti and Andre Bikey earned the Clarets the points.
Mid-table sides Portsmouth and Millwall played out a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park, Dave Nugent cancelling out Liam Trotter's opener for the Londoners.