Round-up: On-song Carroll brings Toon joy as Keane is denied first win

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Thedoom and gloom that hung over one part of the North-east on Saturday did not extend to Newcastle. While Middlesbrough were being thumped, the Magpies beat Plymouth 3-1 to replace their near-neighbours in second place in the Championship.

Steven Taylor headed them into a sixth-minute lead but Karl Duguid scored from close-range five minutes after the break to equalise. However, Kevin Nolan nodded Newcastle back in front and Andrew Carroll added a third late on to preserve Newcastle's 100 per cent home league record.

Jay Simpson swept QPR ahead in the 19th minute at Cardiff and doubled his tally five minutes before the interval to give the visitors a 2-0 win.

Lee Martin's first goal for Ipswich eased the pressure on manager Roy Keane but it was not enough to give them their first win of the season in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Doncaster. Martin scored 11 minutes from time to give the visitors the lead for the first time but Quinton Fortune gave Rovers a share of the spoils.

Blackpool's highly-rated midfielder Charlie Adam's 19th-minute solo strike was enough to send Ian Holloway's side to victory at Nottingham Forest, who fell to their third league defeat on home soil this season.