David Stockdale saved a penalty but Hull City slipped down to third in the npower Championship after a 4-2 defeat at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
After Glenn Murray’s spot-kick had been brilliantly saved by Stockdale, veteran striker Kevin Phillips converted a penalty in first-half stoppage time to put Palace in front.
Phillips then scored twice in two minutes early in the second half to seal his hat-trick, before Jay Simpson pulled one back. But Wilfried Zaha added a Palace fourth, before David Meyler's consolation.
In the same division, Matthew Briggs was not in the matchday squad as Watford leapfrogged Hull into second spot with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, but Alexander Kačaniklić played the full 90 minutes as Burnley drew 1-1 at home to struggling Barnsley.
Charlie Austin had given Burnley a ninth-minute lead, but Tomasz Cywka's late strike earned Barnsley a point. The Clarets sit in 11th place, eight points off the Play-Off pack.
In League One, Marcello Trotta was an unused substitute as Brentford lost 1-0 at Stevenage. The result means Brentford, who could have moved level on points with second-placed Sheffield United with a win, fall to fifth, behind Yeovil Town on goal difference.
In the Blue Square Bet Premier, James Musa and Hereford United were beaten 3-2 at home to Newport County.
Newport goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley saved an early spot-kick from Marley Watkins, but Joshua O’Keefe scored a penalty to put Hereford in front just before the break. Lee Minshull levelled matters on 72 minutes but O’Keefe again scored from the spot moments later to give Hereford the lead.
However, Minshull equalised once more on 81 and Robbie Wilmott scored an injury-time winner. Hereford are eighth in the table, 13 points outside the Play-Off places.
Also in the Conference, Marcus Bettinelli and Dartford drew 1-1 at home to Stockport County.
Mark Cullen put the visitors ahead after Adnan Cirak's initial shot had been saved, but Danny Harris rescued Dartford a point. The Darts are in 11th place in the table, a whopping 16 points off the Play-Offs.
Finally, in the Blue Square Bet South, Richard Peniket scored his second goal in as many games as Farnborough lost 2-1 at Billericay Town.
After Jay May had put the hosts in front, Peniket levelled on 50 minutes, only for Glenn Poole to restore Town’s advantage 60 seconds later. Peniket’s Fulham teammate Tom Donegan entered the fray as a substitute for Farnborough, who sit in 11th place in the table, 10 points off the Play-Off positions.