Crystal Palace 5 - 0 Ipswich Town

Match info: Championship at Selhurst Park

Date: 06/11/2012 KO: 20:00 Ref: D Sheldrake Att: 15,517

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

C Palace

Yannick Bolasie 24
Glenn Murray 50 (pen),55 (pen),63
Andre Moritz 90+4



FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 6 2012, 23:21 GMT

Ian Holloway was full of praise for his Crystal Palace side after watching them destroy Ipswich 5-0 in his first match in charge to go top of the npower Championship.

Mick McCarthy: Defeat was a sobering experience
Mick McCarthy: Defeat was a sobering experience

Yannick Bolasie, a Glenn Murray hat-trick and a late strike from substitute Andre Moritz stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches to condemn Ipswich to the bottom of the table.

And Holloway admitted he cannot believe his luck to be handed the opportunity to take charge of a team who are enjoying the most purple of patches.

"It was a fantastic performance from start to finish and the great thing about this lot is they grind on," he said.

"We want to continue that and if I can keep them enjoying what they've been doing who knows what we can do? The energy around the ground is pretty sensational and I just can't wait to get in with them again.

"Some of things I've seen so far have been sensational. They're professional in their approach to everything and it's almost a 'pinch me, I'm dreaming' situation. But now it's up to me to produce."

Palace, who had picked up an astonishing haul of 27 points from the last 33 available before this match, flew out of the blocks and should have gone ahead inside the opening minute when Murray stabbed wide.

Bolasie's first goal since his summer move from Bristol City eventually broke the deadlock in the 24th minute as the winger delicately lobbed Stephen Henderson from the edge of the box after Owen Garvan's flick-on.

But they had to wait until five minutes after the break to double that lead as Murray coolly dispatched a penalty after Wilfried Zaha was brought down. The ex-Brighton striker doubled his tally soon after when he slotted home from the spot again when Garvan was shoved over by Aaron Cresswell.

Incredibly, Murray had the chance to complete a hat-trick of spot-kicks two minutes later after another foul in the box but Henderson was equal to his effort.

His 13th goal of the season was not far away though as Joel Ward's cross picked him out at the far post, and Moritz's late strike added extra gloss for the home side.

"I can't remember a game when a side has conceded three penalties," said Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy.

"It was a sobering experience but we knew that one victory wouldn't turn the whole season around. We didn't come here with only 10 points and suddenly become a really top team.

"It's been a long five days and I've learned a lot about my team. I know we've got a fair bit of work to do. There's other teams around in this league that we will have to beat but Palace were terrific all over the pitch.

"Ollie's inherited a very good side but that doesn't come overnight."