23.11.2013 19:03 h

Football: Burnley held as promotion battle hots up

Championship leaders Burnley were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest as the race for promotion to the Premier League heated up.

Sean Dyche's side remain top of the second tier table, but only goal difference is keeping them ahead of second placed Leicester, 2-1 winners at Ipswich, and third placed QPR, who beat Charlton 1-0.

The Clarets, now unbeaten in 12 matches, took the lead in the 28th minute at the City Ground when Sam Vokes fired home from the penalty spot to claim his 10th goal of the season following a handball from Gonzalo Jara.

Simon Cox equalised three minutes before half-time for Forest, who remain in fifth place in the table but finished the game with 10 men after skipper Chris Cohen limped off with an injury.

David Nugent bagged a second half brace as Leicester came from behind to win at Ipswich.

The home side made a storming start when top scorer David McGoldrick netted after two minutes.

But the Foxes responded impressively after the break with former England striker Nugent twice capitalising on Lloyd Dyer's build-up play in the 51st and 57th minutes to make it 13 goals in 12 matches against the Suffolk side.

QPR, whose boss Harry Redknapp was celebrating 30 years in management, saw off London rivals Charlton thanks to a fine individual effort from Charlie Austin at Loftus Road.

Austin struck five minutes before half-time, finding the corner of the net with a glorious 30-yard shot - his eighth goal of the season.

Defeat left Charlton one place above the relegation zone, while QPR have still lost just once in the Championship so far this season.

Aitor Karanka's first match in charge of Middlesbrough ended in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds.

Karanka, a former defender at Real Madrid who also spent three years as Jose Mourinho's assistant with the Spanish giants, saw Ross McCormack put Leeds in front with a 35th minute header.

It got worse for 'Boro in the 43rd minute when goalkeeper Jason Steele was sent off after sprinting outside his penalty area to meet Leeds striker Dexter Blackstock with a clumsy lunge.

Mustapha Carayol equalised for 10-man 'Boro in the 52nd minute, but defender Jason Pearce spoilt Karanka's debut as he headed the winner five minutes later.

Elsewhere, Jamie Ward's second-half goal was enough for Derby to claim a 1-0 win at Bournemouth and leave the Rams in seventh spot, while Blackpool are in fourth place following a 1-1 draw at Birmingham.

Millwall eased the pressure on boss Steve Lomas with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Barnsley at the Den.

Sheffield Wednesday remain mired in the relegation zone after losing 2-1 at home to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield.

Bolton won 1-0 at Watford, Brighton beat Wigan 1-0, while Blackburn and Reading shared a 0-0 draw.