NEIL HARRIS promised Cardiff fans he will not tolerate a repeat of yesterday’s 6-1 defeat at QPR. ‘I don’t owe the group anything. Today is a reality check for us,’ said boss Harris. ‘I can promise the fans it won’t happen again under me.’ Nakhi Wells scored a hat-trick as the Hoops scored six in a league game for the first time since 1999. Boss Mark Warburton said: ‘A scoreline like that has been coming for us.’
O’Neill plans to Stoke revival
BOSS Michael O’Neill hopes Stoke have turned a corner after starting 2020 by winning 5-2 at Huddersfield. ‘It’s been a difficult year for this club,’ he said after a game in which an announcement was made to stop abuse aimed at Stoke’s James McClean. ‘Today was a fresh start and the players took it.’
■ 17 — Goals this term for O llie Watkins after his brace in Brentford’s 4-0 win at ten-man Bristol City
■ 3 — Straight wins as Lewis G rabban’s brace helped Nottingham Forest to beat Blackburn 3-2
MATT GODDEN made it back-to-back hat-tricks as Coventry went up to third with a 4-1 win at Tranmere. David Barlaser got a late winner as Rotherham’s 2-1 success over Blackpool closed the gap on Wycombe to three points, the leaders needing David Wheeler’s leveller to draw against Ipswich.
IAN HOLLOWAY saw Akheem Rose’s late strike start his Grimsby reign with a 1-0 win over Salford. Eoin Doyle’s 23rd goal of the season gave leaders Swindon the points at Plymouth ahead of Exeter, whose scorer Nigel Atangana was later sent off at Forest Green.