Birmingham City took all the Nectar points at Sainsbury's yesterday evening by beating Crystal Palace 4-0 in a clinical display. Shocked supremo Ian Holloway conceded that Palace's promotion challenge is in danger of losing momentum at precisely the wrong time. He was left stunned by his side's capitulation. He said, 'I am shocked. I am finding it hard to cope with. That was unrecognisable. That is a huge dent in what we want to achieve. Losing at Brighton seems to have dented everything. That was awful - awful result, awful day.'
However, it was Thai takeaways all round for Millwall after they edged a 1-0 victory over 10-man Leicester at what was the Crispbowl. My Foxes supporting friend Stacey was losing it badly in her tweets after Leicester's captain was sent off after three minutes and she has my sympathy, although the sending off seems to have been justified.
The 1-1 draw between Blackpool and Blackburn put the two teams ahead of the Addicks on goal difference with Charlton now 17th. Huddersfield are also on 47 points but have a far inferior goal difference to us. These things could count at the end of the season. The woes of Bristol City increased as they went down 3-0 at Derby.
Elsewhere, Bradley Wright-Phillips found the net for Brentford in their 2-1 win over Notts County, while Mambo scored for Shrewsbury in their 2-2 draw at Carlisle.
Good news for former Charlton defender Jon Fortune whose efforts to get himself fit at Chatham Town have succeeded. He has signed for Dagenham & Redbridge until the end of the season.