Round-up: Whittingham finds his range for Bluebirds as QPR are held

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Peter Whittingham scored his first two goals of the season as second-placed Cardiff City, second in the Championship, recovered from a 2-0 deficit, accrued in the first eight minutes at home to bottom of the table Bristol City, to win 3-2 and close the gap on leaders Queens Park Rangers to four points.

Peter Whittingham scored his first two goals of the season as Cardiff City, second in the Championship, recovered from a 2-0 deficit, accrued in the first eight minutes at home to bottom of the table Bristol City, to win 3-2 and close the gap on leaders Queens Park Rangers to four points. Steve Caulker and Jon Stead were quick off the mark for the Robins, but from 12 yards Jay Bothroyd's 12th minute shot got Dave Jones' side back in the match. Whittingham levelled from distance just before the hour and struck the winner with a 25-yard free-kick. Jones was full of praise for last season's leading scorer. "Outstanding and his work rate was superb. Both free-kicks were superbly taken," Jones added, "his second was pure quality."

Wes Hoolahan missed a Norwich City penalty but third-placed Canaries held unbeaten QPR to a 0-0 draw. The big movers of the day were Swansea City. Their manager, Brendan Rogers, lasted 23 matches at Reading before being sacked but had a happy return to the Madejski Stadium, Swans' 1-0 win, courtesy of a Scott Sinclair 35th-minute strike, lifted them into the top six.

Watford suffered a first away defeat of the season, Hayden Mullins, Dave Kitson and Michael Brown on target in Portsmouth's 3-2 home win, while Burnley, having led 2-0 at Sheffield United, await a first away win as the Blades recovered to force a 3-3 draw.

Coventry City are just outside the play-off places, Clive Platt and Lukas Jutkiewicz, from a penalty, scoring in a 2-1 win at Ipswich. Theo Robinson's 53rd minute strike from Steve Morison's flick-on saw Millwall win their south London derby at struggling Crystal Palace 1-0. Palace later had Claude Davis sent off. Robbie Savage celebrated his 600th League game by scoring Derby County's last in the 3-0 defeat of Preston North End, whose Keith Treacy was also sent off. Barnsley beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 and Doncaster came from a goal behind to win 3-1 at Scunthorpe , Billy Sharp, former Iron idol, scoring twice.

Spain

Xavi set up goals for Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol as Barcelona came from behind to beat Valencia 2-1 at the Nou Camp and join them at the top of the Spanish League. But hours later the Ronaldo show vaulted Real Madrid above both to the summit with a 4-1 win at Malaga. The Portuguese attacker created two goals for Gonzalo Higuain and scored two of his own, the first from Mesut Ozil's pass and the second by winning and converting a penalty.

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