Elsewhere, Wolves secured their first win under manager Dean Saunders, Cardiff are held at home to Derby and League One leaders Doncaster are convincingly beaten away to MK Dons
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Hull City missed an opportunity to make a dent in Cardiff's lead at the top of the table following a costly 4-2 defeat away to fellow promotion chasers Crystal Palace. Championship top scorer Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty. However, the evergreen and ever reliable Kevin Phillips showed him how it’s done, scoring from the Eagles' second penalty in the opening period before completing a hat-trick in the second-half.
Watford have replaced the Tigers in the automatic promotion places after coming from behind to beat relegation threatened Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls took the lead midway through the first half through a Michail Antonio strike. However, two goals from Fernando Forestieri gave Gianfranco Zola's men a fourth win in five games.
League leaders Cardiff avoided a second straight league defeat at home to Nigel Clough's Derby County, despite falling behind to Connor Sammon goal just 15 minutes from time. Craig Noone equalised for the Bluebirds, maintaining their five point lead at the top with a game in hand.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest continue their fine form under Billy Davies, beating nine-man Ipswich 1-0 thanks to a Lewis McGugan strike, and moving just one point from the playoff places. The Tractor boys had Lee Martin and Richard Stearman sent off at a foggy City Ground.
At the bottom of the table, struggling Wolves secured a vital first win under Dean Saunders, lifting them out of the bottom three. A superb strike from Sylvain Ebanks-Blake adding to a first-half effort from David Edwards in a 2-0 win against Millwall.
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MK Dons recorded a surprisingly comfortable victory over league leaders Doncaster in the third tier. Izale Mcleod gave the hosts a deserved lead at half-time. Karl Robinson's side then secured the three points thanks to goals from Daniel Powell and Stephen Gleeson in the second-half.
Brentford failed to capitalise on Rovers’ defeat and the opportunity to go within one point of the league leaders following a 1-0 defeat to mid-table Stevenage. Marcus Haber’s strike fifteen minutes from time was enough to seal victory for the visitors.
Meanwhile a 1-1 draw at Broadfield Stadium keeps both Crawley and Carlisle in mid-table with Mat Sadler equalising for the hosts after Jon-Paul McGovern had opened the scoring with a fantastic 40-yard free kick.
Elsewhere, a 0-0 draw for Hartlepool and Colchester helps neither side with the hosts now seven points from safety, while Joe Dunne's side are two points clear of the drop zone.
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Rotherham moved up four places to fourth after a thumping 4-0 victory away at Oxford. All four goals came in the first half at the Kassam Stadium, with David Noble, Kari Arnason, Johnny Mullins and Ben Pringle all getting on the score sheet for the visitors.
The result leaves the Millers one place and one point behind Cheltenham who moved into third following their 1-0 victory at home to Chesterfield. Town left late with Paul Benson grabbing an injury-time winner.
Port Vale failed to move top of the table after a 0-0 draw against defeated Capital One Cup finalists Bradford.