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Holloway calls for Eagles spirit

17 April 2013

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway wants his side to be brave and "pull something out of the fire" in their quest for the npower Championship play-offs.

The Eagles suffered another blow after losing 3-0 at Ipswich. Town profited from two gift-wrapped goals to take major strides towards safety.

They hoisted themselves into mid-table after Frank Nouble took advantage of dreadful mistakes by goalkeeper Julian Speroni and Peter Ramage.

Sandwiched in between, Aaron Cresswell scored a stunning long-range volley - arguably the club's goal of the season - to light up Portman Road.

Holloway said: "I was more than happy up until the first goal. I thought we were fantastic, looked comfortable and the best we've been for a long while.

"But in a couple of minutes everything changed. It knocked the stuffing out of us and after that it was difficult to say the least. But you've got to believe in yourselves when others don't. It's going away from us and we've got to get it back.

"Life's like that. You have to be brave enough to pull things out of the fire. It's going to be a huge test for us, so let's see if we can bounce back.

"Now's the time to stick together and work our socks off, because the harder you work the luckier you get. It's not good enough at this moment in time but I saw all sorts of effort and willingness."

Town boss Mick McCarthy said: "We're in a far better position than a lot of clubs, but we're not mathematically safe yet.

"We've got three to play, so we've got to keep our focus and make sure we do our job properly. Aaron's goal has to be a contender for goal of the season and Frank finished his goals really well."

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