Bluebirds fly high

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Ben Nugent and Aron Gunnarsson, pictured, ere on target for Cardiff
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Ben Nugent and Aron Gunnarsson, pictured, ere on target for Cardiff

Cardiff moved to the top of the npower Championship with a 2-1 victory at struggling Barnsley while Crystal Palace's 14-game unbeaten run ended in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds.

The Bluebirds controlled the majority of play at Oakwell and took the lead when Ben Nugent headed home his first career goal in the 22nd minute.

They doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half when Aron Gunnarsson nodded in another Peter Whittingham delivery. Barnsley did at least make a game of it when Jacob Mellis tucked home from close range 14 minutes from time, but the visitors held on - despite the late dismissal of Simon Lappin.

Palace surrendered top spot after going down at Elland Road, Luciano Becchio and Paul Green the men on target as Neil Warnock's side kicked off their new era in style after having been bought by GFH Capital this week. Peter Ramage got a late consolation for the Eagles but they could not find an equaliser.

Leicester climbed to third thanks to their 2-0 triumph at Sheffield Wednesday - while Middlesbrough and Hull were both losing.

Ben Marshall scored one goal and set up another on his return to Hillsborough as the Foxes consigned the Owls to a fourth straight league defeat.

Middlesbrough suffered a surprise 3-1 loss against Bristol City at the Riverside, the lowly Robins ending an 11-game winless run to move out of the relegation zone.

City took a shock lead in foggy conditions through Albert Adomah - a goal Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele will not want to see again - but high-flying Boro drew level before the break when Ishmael Miller netted after a penalty-area scramble. Shortly after the hour mark Stephen Pearson put the visitors back in front before Steven Davies netted.

Hull went down 1-0 at home to Burnley, Dean Marney notching the only goal of the game to halt the Clarets' mini slide under new boss Sean Dyche, while in-form Millwall climbed above opponents Blackburn and up to sixth after a 2-0 triumph at Ewood Park.

Chris Wood smashed his seventh goal in seven games 19 minutes from time and James Henry sealed it at the death to extend the Lions' unbeaten league run to 10 games.

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