‘Bottle on the head won’t harm Paddy’

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Neil Warnock had some typically bullish comment after his QPR goalie Paddy Kenny was pelted with bottles in their win over Crystal Palace.

“As long as they hit him on the head, I think he’ll be fine” he said of the former Sheffield United man.

“There are always a few mindless thugs who accompany certain clubs but the vast majority of Palace fans are great and show terrific passion.”

The QPR boss added: “It’s difficult for me against Palace. I really don’t enjoy games against them, but I wanted my players to enjoy it. We’ve won five out of six matches and that takes some doing given the teams we’ve played against, so I’m happy.”

Norwich will be bidding to capitalise on slip-ups by their fellow promotion challengers against Bristol City tonight.

Although Championship leaders QPR moved 10 points clear with their 2-1 success, Swansea and Burnley lost, while Leeds and Nottingham Forest were held to goalless home draws. That means the Canaries can move into the automatic promotion places with victory at Carrow Road. The home side have concerns over defender Zak Whitbread and striker Aaron Wilbraham, who have back problems. But boss Paul Lambert said: “They are both a bit sore and we need to see how they are - hopefully they’ll be okay.”

City boss Keith Millen hopes on-loan Tottenham man Steven Caulker recovers from a hip problem, while fellow defender Liam Fontaine (ankle) will also be checked.

The mid-table Robins have won their last four matches and Millen said: “We won’t let this season fade away now. We’ve scored 16 goals in our last seven games now and confidence is high in the camp.”

Swans boss Brendan Rodgers rued two defensive errors which contributed to the 2-1 defeat at Derby. He said: “Apart from the goals we gave away I was pretty pleased.

“It’s something you don’t want to do early on against a team that is vulnerable at home because it gave them something to hold on to.”

Leeds boss Simon Grayson was frustrated with a number of refereeing decisions against Ipswich. Grayson said: “It is a difficult job but they have to be strong because it is a difficult place to referee.

Hull and Leicester enhanced their own promotion claims. The Tigers won 1-0 at Coventry - a 14th consecutive match without defeat on the road which beats a record set in 1949. Boss Nigel Pearson said: “I take great pride in the record and for the players it is a big achievement.”

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Foxes were 3-0 winners at Scunthorpe. He said: “With nine games to go, if we can show the spirit we showed, we won’t lose many games and we’ll win a lot.”