Round-up: Warnock praises his 'matador' Taarabt

Giles Lucas
Monday 22 November 2010 01:00
Taarabt played a crucial role in QPR's promotion
Taarabt played a crucial role in QPR's promotion

QPR manager Neil Warnock labelled Adel Taarabt "a matador" after the Moroccan's two goals fired his side back to the top of the Championship on the back of a 3-1 victory over Preston at Loftus Road.

"They were excellent goals from Taarabt and that's what he's capable of," Warnock said. "But it wasn't just his goals – he's working hard to do the things I want him to when we don't have the ball. He's like a matador, the way he struts around that pitch."

Rob Hulse scored the other QPR goal, the hosts extending their unbeaten run to 18 games.

Swansea scored a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at Doncaster, leaving them without a loss in their past six games. Doncaster's James Hayter scored his fifth goal in as many games but the Swansea right-back Angel Rangel headed home two minutes into stoppage time to earn the Welsh side a point, which closed the gap on second-placed Cardiff to three points.

Derby County rose to fourth after defeating Scunthorpe 3-2 at Pride Park. The hosts had to hold on with 10 men for the final 15 minutes, after Gareth Roberts was shown a second yellow for a foul in the box on Martyn Woolford, Scunthorpe's Michael O'Connor converting the ensuing penalty to cut the deficit to 3-2 . "It was nerve-racking towards the end," Derby midfielder Kris Commons said. "[But] I had faith in the boys."

Bristol City were partly indebted to David James for their 2-0 win over Leicester after he saved a 21st-minute penalty from Steve Howard. "That was a big moment in the game," said City's manager, Keith Millen, whose side won thanks to second-half goals from Brett Pitman and David Clarkson.

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