Crystal Palace 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers

Match info: Championship at Selhurst Park

Date: 03/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: L Probert Att: 16,744

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

C Palace

Glenn Murray 45+1,65 (pen)



FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 3 2012, 18:53 GMT

Ian Holloway let his excitement at becoming Crystal Palace manager show as his new charges comfortably beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0.

Holloway: New Palace boss
Holloway: New Palace boss

Holloway was unveiled to the crowd at half-time, having joined from Blackpool on a four-and-a-half year deal earlier in the day, and watched from the stands as Glenn Murray's double strike gave the Eagles their 11th straight game without defeat.

It moved Palace to third in the table and Holloway was delighted with what he was seeing when he spoke to the crowd.

"How lucky are we to see a team like this? It's fantastic," he said.

"I think I have got goosebumps on the back of my neck to get an opportunity like this.

"People ask me why I have come here but the board sold me their dream about what they want for their club and with their energy and my energy let's hope we can all be very happy."

Palace were dominant throughout with Paul Robinson saving from Damien Delaney and Yannick Bolasie, who also hit the post before Murray converted Owen Garvan's cross to give them the lead in first-half stoppage time.

Murray got his second from the spot after he was fouled by Grant Hanley but missed the opportunity for a hat-trick when Robinson pulled off a fantastic double save from another penalty, after Bolasie was pushed by Adam Henley.

"They were fantastic," said Palace caretaker manager Curtis Fleming, who admitted he was unsure if he would join Dougie Freedman's team at Bolton Wanderers or stay at Palace.

"I think they should be playing with confidence but we should concentrate on what we do and not get carried away. Everyone has to work hard.

"Ian came in before the match. We have a video presentation at 1.15 at home games so he came down just before that to introduce himself.

"He was lively, as he is, and I think the lads quite enjoyed it and they will quite enjoy working with him."

Blackburn threatened just twice, with Dickson Etuhu hitting the bar and Morten Gamst Pederson forcing a good save out of Julian Speroni, leaving new Rovers boss Henning Berg with plenty to ponder after his first game in charge.

"It was neither the performance nor the result we would have liked," he said.

"We had a bad performance and I think we can be much better than this. We played against a good team but we expect to be better than this defensively and offensively.

"We played too much defence because we couldn't keep the ball well enough, especially first half, and we ended up defending a lot of crosses.

"It is a fresh start. I don't know everybody 100 per cent yet. I know those that have played lately better than the other ones. We have some injuries as well and quite a few players out and that's why maybe more people get a chance.

"It's a good squad we have here but there is room for a lot of improvement and we will do that.

"I have seen this team play much better than they did today so hopefully it is a one-off."

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