Dominic Solanke’s fifth goal of the season helped Bournemouth end QPR’s unbeaten record after a 2-1 win in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Cherries’ win put them at the top of the table and extend their own unbeaten start after West Brom could not draw 0-0 at home against Derby.
Bournemouth and QPR were two of three teams in the division to lose ahead of the game at Vitality Stadium, but the visitors got off to a bad start on the south coast.
R center-back Rob Dickie was easily knocked out by Jaidon Anthony and the youngster from Cherries was sent home after 12 minutes.
It was 2-0 before the break when Anthony picked Solanke inside the box and the forward found the net. Sam McCallum pulled one off after the break for QPR, but they failed to equalize and tasted defeat for the first time.
West Brom remain undefeated and on top, but with an identical record at Bournemouth after being held in check by Wayne Rooney’s Derby.
The recently relegated side had plenty of chances but couldn’t get past Kelle Roos and could lose first place if Fulham wins at Birmingham on Wednesday.
Huddersfield edged out QPR to take fourth place in the standings after an excellent 3-0 victory at Blackpool.
Josh Koroma got the ball rolling for the Terriers with a stunner early in the second half and Matty Pearson and Jonathan Hogg joined him on the scoresheet to make it four wins this quarter already.
Blackpool fell in the last three after Reading was right about Peterborough by a score of 3-1 to get out of the relegation zone.
John Swift and Tom Dele-Bashiru struck within three minutes in the second half and while Nathan Thompson pulled one off for Posh they couldn’t find a leveler and were then hit by a late third .
Dele-Bashiru added a breathtaking second with a powerful effort from outside the box to leave Peterborough in 23rd.
Ben Brereton Diaz struck for the fourth time this season to inspire Blackburn to a 2-0 victory over shell at Ewood Park.
Daniel Ayala made the breakthrough with 61 minutes of play before Chilean international Brereton Diaz pounded the corner to send Rovers to seventh place.
Sheffield united were denied a second consecutive victory after Emil Riis Jakobsen scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to win Preston a 2-2 draw on the road.
Sander Berge appeared to have given Slavisa Jokanovic’s side all three points with six minutes remaining after a Morgan Gibbs-White Blades opener was called off by Daniel Johnson.
But Jakobsen redeemed an earlier mistake by coming home in front of away fans to score a point at Bramall Lane.