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New Year's Day: five things you may have missed

2 January 2020

New year, new decade, same drama and excitement across the EFL's three divisions!

The year 2020 started in spectacular fashion on Wednesday, as the action resumed in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two respectively. 

Here are just a few of the stories you may have missed...

1. Huge wins for Stoke City and Wigan Athletic

The Sky Bet Championship relegation battle took another twist on New Year's Day, with both Stoke City and Wigan Athletic recording vital victories on the road, as they saw off Birmingham City (3-2) and Huddersfield Town (5-2) respectively. It means that just a point separates the sides, with Stoke just on the right side of the dreaded drop zone in 21st position.

2. Cardiff City hit for six

Cardiff had a start to the year to forget, shipping six goals in a 6-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers. All of the damage was done within 65 minutes, with Nahki Wells completing the rout with his third goal of the afternoon. It's the first time QPR have scored six goals in a league game since their 6-0 victory against Crystal Palace in May 1999.

3. A seven-goal thriller in Sky Bet League One

There was an entertaining contest between Bolton Wanderers and Burton Albion on New Year's Day, with the away side running out eventual 4-3 winners after a game that had it all. Five of the seven goals were scored in the first half as Burton went in 3-2 ahead at the break, but a red card for Bolton's Luke Murphy made their task a difficult one. Burton are now just three points outside of the Play-Offs. 

4. Ollie off to a flyer

Ian Holloway's tenure as manager of Sky Bet League Two side Grimsby Town got off to the perfect start, as the Mariners defeated Salford City 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon. They left it late, with Ahkeem Rose's 83rd-minute effort ultimately settling the match and moving his side up to 18th in the standings.

5. No mistake from the league leaders

Each of the top four sides in Sky Bet League Two registered maximum points to kick off 2020, keeping the promotion race as close as ever. Swindon Town produced an excellent comeback to beat Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, while second-placed Exeter City and fourth-placed Bradford City recorded 1-0 wins over Forest Green Rovers and Morecambe respectively. Crewe Alexandra were the day's big winners, beating Carlisle United 4-1.


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