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Mac's Boys hit for five

MICK McCarthy's honeymoon period at Ipswich Town is definitely over after the Tractor Boys were trashed 5-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The former Republic of Ireland boss ended a long winless streak in his first game in charge of the Portman Road side with a 1-0 victory in his first game against Birmingham, but any momentum garnered is well and truly gone.

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

Yannick Bolasie's first goal since his summer move from Bristol City broke the deadlock in the 24th minute as the winger delicately lobbed Stephen Henderson from the edge of the box.

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 one victory wouldn't turn the season around. We didn't come here with only 10 points and suddenly become a 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.

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

Ian Holloway can't believe his luck after taking over a side on the crest of a wave.

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


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