LONDON (AFP) Cardiff moved above QPR into first place in the English Championship after a convincing 3-1 win over Norwich on Saturday. Dave Jones side have been hot on QPRs heels for several weeks and they finally claimed top spot as the west London side were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley, while goals from Jay Bothroyd, Michael Chopra and Peter Whittingham gave Cardiff a fifth successive league win. Bothroyd, cleared to play after escaping punishment for his tackle on Luciano Becchio during Mondays 4-0 win at Leeds, fired the Bluebirds ahead in the ninth minute with his 12th of the season. Three minutes later he turned provider as he set up Chopra for his second goal in a week. Norwich reduced the arrears in the 34th minute when Wes Hoolahan headed home from close range, but Peter Whittingham restored Cardiffs two-goal cushion three minutes later from the penalty spot. At Loftus Road, Burnley captain Graham Alexander netted a first-half penalty to cancel out Adel Taarabts opener. Clarets captain Alexander stepped up in first-half stoppage time to hit the first league goal Rangers have conceded at Loftus Road this season. The spot-kick, awarded after Matt Connolly felled Dean Marney, ensured Taarabts superb 32nd minute effort wouldnt be enough for Neil Warnocks team to hold onto first place. QPR are on a club-record 14-match unbeaten run, but four successive draws have stalled their progress. Third placed Swansea kept the pressure on the top two with a 3-0 rout of struggling Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Goals from Scott Sinclair, Darren Pratley and Joe Allen mean Brendan Rodgers side are four points behind QPR and six behind Welsh rivals Cardiff. Palace slipped to the bottom of the table after their poor run extended to one win in seven games. Gary McSheffreys first-half goal earned a 1-0 win at Sheffield United that lifted Coventry up to fourth place in the table. McSheffrey outjumped the Blades defence at the far post to head home Richard Keoghs flick-on in the 23rd minute. Simon Church hit a late winner as sixth placed Reading fought back from 3-1 down to claim a dramatic 4-3 win at home to Doncaster. Reading captain Matt Mills opened the scoring against his former club but goals from James Hayter, Shelton Martis and Dean Shiels looked to have put Sean ODriscolls side in control. However, Jem Karacan got one back for Reading, Ian Harte equalised with a superb free-kick and substitute Church pounced to slot home in the 88th minute. Elsewhere, Middlesbrough are in the relegation zone after Tony Mowbrays first match as manager of the club he graced as a player ended in a 2-1 home defeat against Bristol City. Derby thrashed Watford 4-1 to close in on the play-off places, while Portsmouth continued their recent fine form with a 2-1 home victory over Nottingham Forest. Ipswich eased the pressure on boss Roy Keane as a 2-0 win over Millwall ended a run of three successive defeats. Leeds demolished Scunthorpe 4-1 and Sven Goran Erikssons Leicester defeated relegation rivals Preston 1-0.