Ipswich 3-0 Crystal Palace

Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace's bid to secure a play-off spot continued to falter as Frank Nouble's double helped move Ipswich five points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

Nouble, 21, struck either side of a stunning Aaron Cresswell effort.

He opened the scoring by shooting into an empty net after Julian Speroni failed to control the ball.

Cresswell fired in from 30 yards before Nouble capitalised on more poor defending to slot past the Argentine.

The result means fifth-placed Palace are without a win in six matches.

This run has seen seventh-placed Bolton close to within three points, albeit having played a game more.

For Ipswich, Mick McCarthy can now feel confident that his side are close to securing their Championship status as the victory moved them up to 13th-place with three fixtures to play.

The game at Portman Road burst into life in first-half added time.

Already 1-0 up after Nouble had punished Speroni's error, Cresswell hammered in a left-footed drive from distance before Nouble picked up on a defensive mistake soon after to race through and score only his third goal of the season.

Palace improved after the break, but only seriously threatened to find the back of the net when Kevin Phillips hit the post in added time.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

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McCarthy delighted with Nouble brace

"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."

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway:

"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."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Ipswich

  • 01 Loach
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 04 Chambers
  • 05 Stearman Booked
  • 20 Smith
  • 07 Edwards (Kisnorbo - 80' )
  • 08 N'daw Booked
  • 09 E'-Thomas Booked (Wordsworth - 69' )
  • 19 Hyam Booked
  • 27 Murphy
  • 35 Nouble (Hewitt - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Lee-Barrett
  • 02 Hewitt
  • 06 Kisnorbo
  • 14 Wordsworth
  • 17 Drury
  • 18 Tabb
  • 10 Chopra

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward Booked (Wilbraham - 69' )
  • 27 Delaney Booked
  • 28 Ramage
  • 04 Parr (Richards - 28' )
  • 07 Bolasie
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 20 Williams (K Phillips - 46' )
  • 30 Moritz
  • 16 Zaha Booked
  • 17 Murray

Substitutes

  • 34 Price
  • 33 Gabbidon
  • 03 Richards
  • 12 Marrow
  • 09 K Phillips
  • 11 Dobbie
  • 18 Wilbraham
Ref: Hooper
Att: 17,656

Match Stats

Shots

9 14

On target

3 7

Corners

3 11

Fouls

15 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:50 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:10

Andre Moritz takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Luke Chambers.

90:00 +2:45

Shot from close range by Ashley Richards hits the post.

90:00 +2:29

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

90:00 +1:37 Substitution

Substitution Elliott Hewitt replaces Frank Nouble.

90:00 +0:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Hyam on Andre Moritz. Free kick taken by Andre Moritz.

90:00 +0:03

Luke Hyam fouled by Wilfried Zaha, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Hyam.

87:43

Effort by Yannick Bolasie from a long way out goes over the target.

87:31

The ball is delivered by Andre Moritz, clearance made by Luke Chambers.

85:22

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andre Moritz, Scott Loach makes a save.

82:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.

82:05

Centre by Yannick Bolasie, save made by Scott Loach.

81:45

Wilfried Zaha takes a short corner.

80:08

Kevin Phillips has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

80:08 Booking

Booking Richard Stearman goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

80:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andre Moritz by Richard Stearman.

79:09 Substitution

Substitution (Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Patrick Kisnorbo coming on for Carlos Edwards.

78:38

Centre by Frank Nouble, Luke Hyam takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.

77:48

Glenn Murray challenges Guirane N'Daw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tommy Smith restarts play with the free kick.

75:49

The ball is swung over by Yannick Bolasie, clearance made by Aaron Cresswell.

75:35

Short corner worked by Yannick Bolasie.

73:53

Yannick Bolasie is caught offside. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

73:16

Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. Luke Chambers gets a block in.

72:36

The ball is swung over by Yannick Bolasie, comfortable save by Scott Loach.

72:20

Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Chambers.

71:28

Carlos Edwards challenges Damien Delaney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Damien Delaney.

70:13

Handball decision goes against Kevin Phillips. Aaron Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.

69:39

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

68:38

Free kick taken by Damien Delaney.

68:38 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Wilbraham replaces Joel Ward.

68:38 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Wordsworth comes on in place of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

68:38

Frank Nouble is caught offside.

66:00

Glenn Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Smith. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.

65:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Nouble on Andre Moritz. Free kick taken by Damien Delaney.

64:18

Carlos Edwards fouled by Ashley Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Edwards crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, free kick awarded for a foul by Tommy Smith on Yannick Bolasie. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

63:42

Corner taken by Carlos Edwards from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Andre Moritz.

62:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Smith by Glenn Murray. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

60:37

The offside flag is raised against Kevin Phillips. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

59:23

Shot from deep inside the area by Daryl Murphy clears the crossbar.

57:37

Wilfried Zaha fouled by Richard Stearman, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Andre Moritz from the free kick.

56:45

Inswinging corner taken by Yannick Bolasie from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Scott Loach.

56:35

Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.

54:15

Andre Moritz produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Scott Loach.

54:15 Booking

Booking Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

54:04

Handball decision goes against Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

52:45

The offside flag is raised against Frank Nouble. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Ramage.

50:52

Direct free kick taken by Luke Hyam.

50:52 Booking

Booking Damien Delaney is booked.

50:48

Damien Delaney concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Edwards.

49:55

Aaron Cresswell takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Yannick Bolasie.

49:41

Guirane N'Daw takes a shot. Peter Ramage gets a block in.

48:33

Free kick taken by Luke Chambers.

48:33 Booking

Booking The referee shows Wilfried Zaha a yellow card.

48:23

Unfair challenge on Luke Hyam by Wilfried Zaha results in a free kick.

47:58

Peter Ramage takes the free kick.

47:58 Booking

Booking Luke Hyam booked.

47:54

Luke Hyam concedes a free kick for a foul on Andre Moritz.

47:34

The ball is sent over by Wilfried Zaha, Aaron Cresswell makes a clearance.

46:35

Corner taken short by Andre Moritz.

45:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Edwards on Andre Moritz. Damien Delaney restarts play with the free kick.

45:16

Foul by Andre Moritz on Guirane N'Daw, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Smith.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Phillips replaces Jonathan Williams.

45:00 +6:01 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +3:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Frank Nouble - Ipswich 3 - 0 C Palace Frank Nouble fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ipswich 3-0 Crystal Palace.

45:00 +1:52

The assist for the goal came from Guirane N'Daw.

45:00 +1:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Cresswell - Ipswich 2 - 0 C Palace Aaron Cresswell grabs a goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Ipswich 2-0 Crystal Palace.

45:00 +0:45

Effort from outside the penalty area by Jonathan Williams goes wide left of the goal.

45:00 +0:24

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Tommy Smith gets a block in.

36:57

Assist on the goal came from Guirane N'Daw.

36:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Frank Nouble - Ipswich 1 - 0 C Palace Frank Nouble finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ipswich 1-0 Crystal Palace.

34:29

Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

34:29 Booking

Booking Guirane N'Daw is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

33:57

Carlos Edwards takes the outswinging corner, Guirane N'Daw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Williams.

33:28

Aaron Cresswell takes the direct free kick.

33:28 Booking

Booking Joel Ward goes into the referee's book.

33:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Hyam by Joel Ward.

32:48

Yannick Bolasie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas manages to make a clearance.

32:14

Corner taken left-footed by Andre Moritz, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.

30:31

Ashley Richards crosses the ball, clearance by Luke Chambers.

26:43 Substitution

Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Ashley Richards coming on for Jonathan Parr.

26:43

Effort on goal by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

26:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damien Delaney on Frank Nouble. Aaron Cresswell takes the free kick.

18:50

Frank Nouble concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Ramage. Peter Ramage takes the direct free kick.

18:00

Andre Moritz takes the inswinging corner, Daryl Murphy manages to make a clearance.

17:18

Corner taken right-footed by Yannick Bolasie from the left by-line, clearance made by Richard Stearman.

16:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daryl Murphy on Jonathan Williams. Kagisho Dikgacoi restarts play with the free kick.

16:00

Jonathan Parr delivers the ball.

15:27

The offside flag is raised against Frank Nouble. Indirect free kick taken by Damien Delaney.

14:34

Frank Nouble has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

13:14

Effort from just outside the box by Kagisho Dikgacoi goes over the bar.

12:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andre Moritz, clearance by Daryl Murphy.

11:53

Foul by Luke Chambers on Glenn Murray, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andre Moritz from left wing, Tommy Smith gets a block in.

9:31

Jonathan Parr produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

8:20

Left-footed shot by Guirane N'Daw went wide right of the net.

5:26

The assistant referee flags for offside against Wilfried Zaha. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

3:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Guirane N'Daw. Jonathan Williams takes the direct free kick.

3:18

Foul by Frank Nouble on Wilfried Zaha, free kick awarded. Peter Ramage takes the free kick.

1:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Guirane N'Daw on Kagisho Dikgacoi. Peter Ramage takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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