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Holloway hails high-flying Eagles

18 November 2012

Delighted Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway hailed "another fantastic performance" from his side took as the Eagles downed Derby 3-0 to remain top of the npower Championship table.

Holloway inherited a Palace side on an 11-game unbeaten run and they have now stretched it with a further three wins under his stewardship following Saturday's home triumph. Glenn Murray scored two and set-up another as for Andre Moritz as Palace's class prevailed.

"It's yet another fantastic performance against a good team," Holloway said. "They didn't stop from start to finish and the professionalism and determination to keep this run going is awesome and I have to say it's an absolute pleasure to watch them play at the moment.

"So, very excited, well done, it's a great performance and it shows signs of being a bit more than solid."

Yannick Bolasie and the freshly-capped England international Wilfried Zaha flanked Murray in a typically attack-minded approach from Holloway and the wingers created countless opportunities for Murray and the supporting Palace midfielders.

"Wilf was a bit more quiet than he usually is but I think we're starting to look a bit of a handful and I think Murray up the middle was absolutely fantastic today," Holloway added.

Derby had only themselves to blame for the opener as Murray met Bolasie's 12th-minute corner unmarked to nod home his 14th goal of the season. County fought hard but the pressure told as Murray nodded Damien Delaney's long ball into the path of Moritz who then fired past Adam Legzdins in the 58th minute.

Murray added a third and his second as he wove his way into the box and rounded Legzdins before curling the ball left-footed into the roof of the net. Derby manager Nigel Clough was unhappy with the way they conceded the first but acknowledged Murray had ultimately been the difference between the two sides.

He said: "There was a lot of blocking going on which happens but sometimes you hope that you just get a referee which sees it, sometimes you don't. But I can't have too many complaints, he's got a free header from eight yards out and having started quite brightly, we found ourselves one-nil down.

"But after all the talk of the widemen all week and their threat, he was the difference - the centre forward Murray. He was the one that caused us all the problems."

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