Defensive duo Peter Ramage and Jack Hunt played starring roles for Barnsley as they upset the odds against promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest, in what was a mixed week for Palace’s loanees.
Former Bayern Munich man Dale Jennings bagged the only goal for the Tykes at Oakwell, as Ramage and Hunt both played 90 minutes to help a defiant defence stand firm in the closing stages and secure a huge three points.
The victory took Barnsley off the foot of the Championship table, leapfrogging Charlton Atheltic – although the Addicks have three games in hand over the Yorkshire outfit.
Fellow strugglers Millwall picked up an equally unlikely win away to Steve McClaren’s high-flying Derby County, aided by Palace loanee Owen Garvan.
The Irish midfielder put in another solid display on his second outing for the Lions since joining them on loan at the end of February, with Steve Morison’s second-half header proving the difference at the iPro Stadium.
Like Barnsley, Millwall are involved in a relegation dogfight and the win helped them stay two points above the bottom three on what was a great weekend for struggling sides.
Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers both recorded victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield respectively, meaning that four of the bottom five teams all won at the weekend.
There wasn’t such good news for Jonny Williams and Jimmy Kebe though, as their respective loan clubs suffered defeat.
Williams was introduced in the 72nd minute but could not prevent Ipswich Town falling to a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough – a result which keeps them 9th in the Championship.
That win for the north-east outfit moved them to within a point of Kebe’s Leeds United, who fell to a humbling home defeat against Dougie Freedman’s Bolton Wanderers.
Former Palace midfielder Andre Moritz bagged the fifth goal in a resounding 5-1 win for the Trotters at Elland Road, with winger Kebe substitutes after 64 minutes.
The loss left Leeds sitting 12th in the Championship – eight points off the play-off places.
There were some Palace youngsters re-united in League One, where Ryan Inniss’ Gillingham hosted Crawley Town, who currently have Hiram Boateng and Sullay Kaikai on their books.
However, with Inniss injured and Boateng and Kaikai named among the substitutes, the trio managed just one minute of action between them, when the latter was introduced in the 89th minute at Priestfield.
The Gills bagged a late winner to move above Crawley into 14th place – although the Red Devils have five games in hand over their rivals from Kent.
Meanwhile, Palace’s young Spaniard Jose Campana played 76 minutes as Bundesliga outfit Nuremburg slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Werder Bremen.
The result leaves Campana’s side four points above the relegation zone in 14th position in the 18-team division.
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