Nugent sparkles as Foxes extend lead

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On-song striker David Nugent ensured Leicester stretched their advantage at the top of the Championship to five points.

City’s only shot on target from Nugent in the 88th minute was enough to beat Leeds 1-0 at Elland Road, with the 28-year-old taking his tally to 17 for the season, with five in his last five matches.

Nigel Pearson, the Foxes boss, said: “We made a lot of mistakes, let’s be clear on this, it was probably a bit hard on Leeds. It depends on how you want to look at it. Some people could argue we were a bit fortunate, or from our perspective we would say that, on a day that it wasn’t a polished performance, we showed different qualities and were able to get ourselves out of tricky situations.”

QPR are back up to second place after a 2-1 win over Huddersfield at Loftus Road, leapfrogging Burnley who could only manage a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor.

Charlie Austin was again Rangers’ hero, scoring a brace to make it 14 for the season, with his second-half goals coming either side of a 68th-minute equaliser from Nakhi Wells.

Derby and Nottingham Forest remain in the hunt for promotion after the East Midlands duo enjoyed home wins over Brighton and Blackburn respectively.

Patrick Bamford, on loan for the Rams from Chelsea, came off the bench to score the only goal of the game .

At the City Ground, Forest crushed Blackburn 4-1. Henri Lansbury scored two first-half penalties and although Ben Marshall pulled one back for Rovers in the 37th minute, Jamie Paterson and Andy Reid sealed it in the second half for the hosts.

The day’s big winners were Reading, who hammered Bolton 7-1 at the Madejski Stadium to move into the last of the play-off places. Adam Le Fondre set Reading on their way with a first-half hat-trick inside 21 minutes before Pavel Pogrebnyak struck a penalty, followed by second-half goals from Kaspasr Gorkss, Hope Akpan and Nick Blackman, with David Ngog netting a late consolation.