Palace fans demand Smith's resignation

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Crystal Palace supporters called for the resignation of the club's manager, Alan Smith, as they slumped to their sixth successive defeat, a 1-0 reverse at home to Grimsby last night. The Mariners notched up their first away win of the season after an awful error from the Latvian international goalkeeper Alexanders Kolinko presented Bradley Allen with his fifth goal of the season, which was enough to claim the points.

Crystal Palace supporters called for the resignation of the club's manager, Alan Smith, as they slumped to their sixth successive defeat, a 1-0 reverse at home to Grimsby last night. The Mariners notched up their first away win of the season after an awful error from the Latvian international goalkeeper Alexanders Kolinko presented Bradley Allen with his fifth goal of the season, which was enough to claim the points.

Crewe's manager Dario Gradi was relieved to stop the rot after a run of four straight defeats thanks to a 73rd-minute Colin Cramb header which gave them a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Huddersfield, who have now gone 12 games without a win. "That is as bad as we have played, apart from at Fulham, although I thought they played well for a side bottom of the league," Gradi said.

Sheffield United kept up with the pace, Shaun Murphy's 68th-minute goal bringing a 1-0 win over injury-ravaged Stockport, while Portsmouth extended their unbeaten run under new player-manager Steve Claridge with a 0-0 draw at Norwich.

Goals from Kevin Muscat and Temuri Ketsbaia gave Wolves their first away win of the season, a 2-1 success at Barnsley.

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