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Holloway salutes Palace

7 November 2012

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.

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."

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

"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."

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