Middlesbrough 0-3 Queens Park Rangers
Saturday February 26, Riverside, (Att: 16,972)
Queens Park Rangers continued their march towards the Premier League as a Heidar Helguson brace helped earn them a comprehensive victory at struggling Middlesbrough.
Neil Warnock's table toppers almost fell behind on Teeside however, as keeper Paddy Kenny's sloppy clearance fell to Scott McDonald only for the Rs man to redeem himself with a vital save.
Boro were made to pay for that missed opportunity as they fell behind in unfortunate circumstances just before the interval. Helguson's shot being deflected off a defender and over Jason Steele in the home goal.
Rangers doubled their lead just past the hour mark when Helguson headed home Wayne Routledge's teasing cross from the left.
And they wrapped up all three points when Adel Taarabt was fouled in the box by Merouane Zemmama and the Moroccan picked himself off the floor to send Steele the wrong way from the spot.
The empathic win maintains QPR's five point advantage at the summit while Tony Mowbray's side still sit perilously close to the relegation zone in 20th.