Championship wrap: Palace break drought, claim first
By Football News
Crystal Palace have claimed their first win in three games to move top the Championship after overcoming Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0.
Glenn Murray scored either side of half-time, with the second goal coming from the spot, before Owen Garvan wrapped up the victory with another penalty 19 minutes from time against 10-man Brighton.
The visitors lost defender Lewis Dunk in just the eighth minute to a straight red card after the 21-year-old gave the ball away and then dragged Yannick Bolasie down in a desperate attempt to halt the Crystal Palace midfielder's advance.
With a man advantage, the hosts eventually took the lead in the 38th minute when Murray, up against his former club, scored with his head from Bolasie's corner.
In the 54th minute, Brighton's goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak fouled Murray inside the penalty area and the 29-year-old attacker made no mistake from the spot.
When Murray was again brought down in the area by Gordon Greer in the 71st minute, it was Garvan's turn to convert the penalty.
Saturday's win sees Crystal Palace go top of the Championship with 40 points, although Cardiff City will regain the overall lead if they defeat Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
In a crucial result for Norwegian manager Stale Solbakken, Wolverhampton Wanderers smashed Bristol City 4-1 to pick up their first win in 10 games.
Solbakken has come under fire with Wolves languishing at the wrong end of the Championship table but his side finally broke through for a victory against 22nd-placed Bristol with Kevin Doyle scoring twice.
The win puts Wolverhampton in 17th position with 25 points from 20 matches.
Watford also won 4-1 to move up to sixth, destroying Barnsley with three goals in the second half.
Troy Deeney was integral to Watford's victory, scoring either side of half-time, while Marcus Tudgay's goal for Barnsley in second-half injury time was little more than a consolation for the visitors.
In a high-scoring day of Championship action, Blackpool also won 4-1, taking the three points away to Peterborough United.
Charlton Athletic drew 0-0 in their London derby with Millwall, while Hull City defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1 and Ipswich Town won by the same margin against Bolton Wanderers.