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Summary

  1. Middlesbrough go second in the table with victory
  2. Rhodes, Ramirez and Gibson score for Middlesbrough
  3. Leadbitter has a penalty saved before creating Ramirez's goal
  4. Mackie and Chery get QPR's goals, Polter has an effort ruled out

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By Matt Newsum

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FT: QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says that was disappointing - and it certainly was given the fine margins - but added that his side kept going and it was a goal that should have stood.

Unfortunately though we've run out of time.

Don't forget there's an absolute wealth of football to follow tomorrow... join us back here on BBC Sport.

Until then, thanks and good night!

FT: QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

Of course Burnley's trip to Brighton is the main focus but there's a bit of Lancashire pride at stake at Ewood Park too...

  • Blackburn Rovers v Preston North End (12:30 BST)

And from 15:00 BST:

  • Bolton Wanderers v Reading
  • Cardiff City v Derby County
  • Charlton Athletic v Birmingham City
  • Fulham v MK Dons
  • Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Hull City v Bristol City
  • Nottingham Forest v Brentford
  • Rotherham United v Leeds United
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers v Ipswich Town

FT: QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

The table to your right will make happy reading for Teessiders, two points now separate Boro from Brighton who play Burnley tomorrow.

Let's recap who's playing tomorrow...

FT: QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

"It was a typical Championship game, we controlled the first 25 minutes, but one mistake, we concede and the second 20 minutes they were better than us. We can't make one mistake, it can be dangerous. But we were better again second-half in the first 20 mins and scored two goals."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka speaking to Sky Sports

FT: QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

If anyone on the QPR side deserved to be a winner tonight, then it was Alex Smithies.

The former Huddersfield custodian was chief-frustrator to the Teessiders, denying Jordan Rhodes and Leadbitter on several occasions.

His spot-kick save in particular merited some reward.

Alex Smithies penalty save
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FT: QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

If Middlesbrough do eventually go up this season, then they might just point to this game as having been key to their progress.

Grant Leadbitter epitomised their belief, shrugging off a missed penalty to swing in a deadly corner that Gaston Ramirez nodded home.

Ben Gibson's winner soon after was backed up by a solid defensive effort, even under Rangers late pressure.

FULL-TIME

FT: QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

Aitor Karanka and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in heated discussion at the end but Middlesbrough win three big points to go into the Championship top two.

Rangers awoke too late to get anything out of the game but they definitely pushed Boro hard.

Teesside will smile after this one, it's a QPR double for them.

QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

David Nugent playing in the corner to see out time. Boro can't keep it.

Goal kick. Last throw for QPR.

QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

What a chance for Boro to put this to bed!

Break by the visitors gets Nsue on the right and his square ball to Adam Forshaw is just seen off.

Boro still attacking.

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Five minutes of added time!? This will be tense...

QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

Boro have a foot in that top-two but would be a bit more comfortable if they can win to get there rather than draw.

They will be two points clear rather than ahead on goal difference.

Inside the last minute. Alex Smithies goes long for QPR.

GOAL (Chery)

QPR 2-3 Middlesbrough

Seb Polter laid the foundations with a run and lay-off and after his dummy run drew some space, Tjaronn Chery hits a rocket beyond Dimi Konstantopoulos.

Game on. Time running out but there's only a goal in it.

SUBSTITUTION (Ayala)

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Daniel Ayala is on for Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing gets a breather.

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

QPR's late adventure have left gaps at the back but Boro unable to exploit on that break as David Nugent's pass goes awry.

Rangers quick to get the ball forward but Middlesbrough do look solid.

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Conor Washington with a quick glimpse of his obvious talent to slip Tomas Kalas but the cross is cut-out.

Rangers running out of time but giving it a go.

SUBSTITUTION (Washington)

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Former Peterborough forward Conor Washington is summoned from the bench to replace Ale Faurlin.

Scored some wonder goals in League One. Will certainly be one to watch in the last 11 minutes or so.

SUBSTITUTION (Nugent)

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

David Nugent comes off and Jordan Rhodes makes way. Like for like and Boro will stick with one up top.

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

One of the best football games I have been to was at Union Berlin's Alte Forestei home. Lovely people, great story too.

Seb Polter was a key figure for them and looks just as at home here in the Championship.

Hasn't looked like scoring too often (bar that one that was ruled out) but brings others in the game.

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Alex Smithies again denying Middlesbrough.

Huddersfield try to play out from the back and Jordan Rhodes pounced on a loose ball but saw his shot blocked. Smithies stood him up beautifully.

Corner comes to nothing.

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Testament to Middlesbrough's organisation that they don't look ruffled by this little purple patch from QPR.

Junior Hoilett's introduction has given the hosts a bit of zest. His cut-back was turned in by Seb Polter but had gone behind first said the referee. Lucky let-off for Boro...

SUBSTITUTION (El Khayati)

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was impressed with former Burton player Nasser El Khayati to sign him on arrival at Rangers.

He's come on for first-half hero Jamie Mackie.

QPR's Jamie Mackie and Boro's George Friend jockey for the ball
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CLOSE!

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

QPR will be rueing that miss from Tjaronn Chery.

Ball went in direct to Seb Polter, who knocked it back to the former Groningen man.

Wide. Shame as it was a lovely move.

SUBSTITUTION (Forshaw)

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Gaston Ramirez makes way after his goal, Adam Forshaw is on.

He played for Brentford so there might be a few boos from Rangers fans with longer memories, and who hold enough venom for the Bees with Fulham and Chelsea also to think about.

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Ale Faurlin's free-kick punctures the optimism as it sails over the Rangers masses and into the crowd for a Boro throw on the far side.

They need to be much more clinical.

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Jamie Mackie tries to get Rangers on the break but it looked like he was running in treacle as he was closed down.

Junior Hoilett goes down the left and wins a useful free-kick...

SUBSTITUTION (Hoilett)

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

QPR look to spark their fightback with Junior Hoilett on for Matty Phillips. Fits and starts for the latter.

Rangers look to play in Seb Polter on the edge of the box but Boro close him out.

Now a 50/50 between Nedum Onouha and a Boro player has given the hosts a free-kick

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Albert Admoah can be a total menace or totally anonymous, depending on his mood.

Tonight he's been the former. Has given QPR a real problem down the right.

Tjarron Chery sends one wide. Not great for the Rs.

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Loftus Road, tight and compact as it is, can be most atmospheric but all you can hear at the moment are Teesside voices.

Not surprising really given the following...

Tonight's attendance is 16,058 with 2,089 #Boro fans. Great away support once again. #UTB

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Alex Smithies is having a fine game for QPR, having to beat away another tempting cross for a corner.

Grant Leadbitter looks for a goal with a low, skimming drive which Smithies watches wide.

All Boro now.

GOAL (Gibson)

QPR 1-3 Middlesbrough

Towering header from the big centre-half Ben Gibson extends Boro's lead and maybe sends the Teessiders into the automatic promotion places.

Came from a corner, after a fine save by Alex Smithies. George Friend smashed it on the left after he was picked out by Stewart Downing.

QPR 1-2 Middlesbrough

QPR's wickedly swinging corner to the back post is beaten away by Boro keeper Dimi Konstanopoulos. Danger averted for now.

Boro back in possession and a goal to the good. Has David Nugent sat back down now?

QPR 1-2 Middlesbrough

QPR get a free-kick for a 'foul' on Seb Polter. Free-kick cleared as far as Tjaronn and his shot deflects for a corner...

GOAL (Ramirez)

QPR 1-2 Middlesbrough

Having been denied from the spot, Grant Leadbitter swings in the corner and Gaston Ramirez gets in front of his man to flick in past hero Alex Smithies for Boro's second.

Harsh on the former Huddersfield keeper but Boro won't mind.

Gaston Ramirez adds a second for Middlesbrough
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MISSED PENALTY

QPR 1-1 Middlesbrough

Alex Smithies saves! Grant Leadbitter denied.

QPR 1-1 Middlesbrough

One-way traffic in the first few minutes as Albert Adomah again is the outlet but his cross is snapped up by Alex Smithies.

Jordan Rhodes tries to roll the Rangers defence and is foiled.

David Nugent is out warming up for Boro... will they go two up top?

QPR 1-1 Middlesbrough

Jordan Rhodes again unable to head the ball in from an Albert Adomah cross.

Boro worked the ball down the left for field position and then switched to the right.

Danger for QPR but they're let off.

KICK-OFF

QPR 1-1 Middlesbrough

Back underway at Loftus Road... big 45 minutes ahead.

A weekend for a cupset?

Leigh Dugmore (left) and Lucy Bronze
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We're not just talking about the blokes here this weekend you know... as Cyndi Lauper said 'Girls just wanna have fun'. And they will on the pitch.

It's quarter-final weekend in the Women's FA Cup and and there has been some fighting talk.

They pay to play - but can third-tier side Sporting Club Albion climb an "astronomical mountain" and beat Manchester City?

Albion striker Leigh Dugmore is determined to lead the charge and sent a cheeky tweet declaring their intent.

"Lucy Bronze, I'm coming for you," tweeted Dugmore, who was playing for Leafield Athletic in the fourth tier of English football last season, while Bronze was starring for England at the Women's World Cup in Canada.

Elsewhere, second division side Aston Villa face holders Chelsea, while Arsenal host Notts County and Sunderland take on Reading.

Premier League action to come

With the international break over - we've revelled in England's performance one day and bemoaned it the next.

But that's all history now, as we go giddy with excitement once again with England's top two divisions back to full swing.

The Premier League match to look out for tomorrow is second-placed Tottenham's trip to Liverpool. Can Spurs put pressure on leaders Leicester, who host Southampton on Sunday?

Remember, across the board you can keep track of each of the 10 Premier League games right here on the BBC Sport website by following our live text commentary.

The weekend is just getting started

Tonight's delectable Championship match is served up before a feast of action tomorrow, starting with the battle of the top two (as it stands it must be added) as Brighton hosts leaders Burnley at 12:30 BST.

Also on the menu:

  • Blackburn Rovers v Preston North End (12:30 BST)

And from 15:00 BST:

  • Bolton Wanderers v Reading
  • Cardiff City v Derby County
  • Charlton Athletic v Birmingham City
  • Fulham v MK Dons
  • Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Hull City v Bristol City
  • Nottingham Forest v Brentford
  • Rotherham United v Leeds United
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers v Ipswich Town