Jack Hunt returned from injury for Nottingham Forest in their game against Cardiff City on Saturday after missing two weeks with an ankle injury but they were beaten 2-1 by the Bluebirds.
The Eagles loanee played 77 minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium but the Reds were denied the opportunity to move into the Championship's automatic promotion places as the hosts ran out winners in Russell Slade's first match in charge.
That spot is now occupied by Derby County who disposed of Glenn Murray's Reading side 3-0 at the Madejski Stadium as the Royals' slump down the Championship table continues. The striker was unable to add to his three goals during his 10 appearances as his current side seek their first win in seven games – a run that has seen them slip from the play-off places to 16th.
Just tucked inside that all-important top six is Ipswich Town, however they conceded a last minute goal against Blackburn Rovers which prevented them moving into fourth position. Jonny Williams played 79 minutes for the Tractor Boys but watched on from the bench as Ben Marshall netted an injury-time equaliser. Meanwhile, Owen Garvan sat out Neil Lennon's first game in charge as Bolton Wanderers boss as they won 1-0 against Birmingham City.
In League One, Paddy McCarthy helped Sheffield United keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 away win at Bradford in a Yorkshire derby to push the Blades up to seventh in table, only missing out on a play-off place on goal difference. That was the centre-back's third game of his loan spell so far, and the Irishman has completed 90 minutes in all of those.
However there wasn't the same joy for Peter Ramage who saw Barnsley slip to a 2-1 loss to Peterborough United at London Road. Such is the close nature of the division that the Tykes now sit in 15th position – only three points away from the relegation zone but five away from the top six.
A third Eagles centre-back made his debut in the division as Ryan Inniss made his first Yeovil Town appearance in their 1-1 draw with third-placed Swindon Town. That halted a run of three straight defeats for the Glovers as the teenager played the full game.
Stephen Dobbie continued his good form as he scored his third goal in his last five games for Fleetwood Town in their 3-1 win against Doncaster Rovers. The Scot opened the scoring at Highbury Stadium which put the Fishermen on their way to just their second win in the last 10 games, but remain just a point outside the play-off places.
Having scored twice in his previous game for Cambridge United, Kwesi Appiah couldn't repeat the trick as his Us side were held to a goalless draw by Mansfield Town but the striker has four goals from 11 appearances as he continues to make an impression in League Two.
Also in that division Alex Wynter couldn't prevent Portsmouth from a 3-0 defeat at high-flying Bury, with the Eagles academy graduate playing in an unfamiliar role in midfield for Pompey in recent weeks, and Jerome Binnom-Williams made the seventh appearance of his stint at Southend United as they drew 1-1 with Exeter City.
In the Conference South David Gregory had the strange scenario of lining up against his parent club in a friendly as Palace's under-21s beat Bishop's Stortford 4-3 thanks to two goals each from Sullay Kaikai and Jake Gray. Gregory had kept a clean sheet in his last league outing for the Blues as they beat Farnborough Town 1-0 to move up to ninth in the table.