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Crystal Palace were left incensed after referee Rob Shoebridge ruled out what was a perfectly good goal against Bristol City, who went on to score a late winner at Aston Gate.

The Eagles had started brightly and looked to have gone ahead when on-loan West Ham striker Freddie Sears smashed his shot into the back of the net - only for the ball to bounce straight back out. However, after lengthy discussions with his assistant referee, Shoebridge ruled the effort had not gone in and awarded a goal kick.

To rub salt into the wounds, City went on to win the match through Nicky Maynard in the 89th minute.

Coventry moved to the top of the fledgling Coca-Cola Championship table after a 2-0 win at Barnsley maintained their 100% league record.

Leon Best smashed in a 25-yard free-kick to set Chris Coleman's side on their way after just six minutes.

Barnsley's job was made harder by the dismissal of defender Rob Kozluk on the hour following two quick bookings.

Clinton Morrison (81) wrapped things up late on for the Sky Blues, who had crashed out of the Carling Cup to Hartlepool in midweek.

Cardiff are second on goal difference after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Blackpool.

Michael Chopra (12) put the Bluebirds ahead, but Ian Evatt netted an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

Middlesbrough, relegated from the Barclays Premier League, are third after they recorded a first win by beating Swansea 3-0 away. Adam Johnson (32), Marvin Emnes (52) and Tuncay (82) were on target for Gareth Southgate's men.

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