Ipswich 2-1 Crystal Palace

Teenager Josh Carson scored his first professional goals for Ipswich in a win that pushed Crystal Palace closer to the Championship relegation zone.

Carson, 17, opened the scoring on 38 minutes with a powerful shot in the area that beat keeper Julian Speroni.

He made it 2-0 after 66 minutes, latching on to Gareth McAuley's blocked shot from three yards out.

Paddy McCarthy then pulled a goal back for Palace with a volley from a Dean Moxey free-kick but Ipswich held on.

Palace are now five points above the drop zone, with Paul Jewell's Ipswich sitting mid-table in the league.

Afterwards, Jewell described the win as a "great day" for Carson and said he had a bright future ahead of him.

He said: "He's not fazed by playing in the first team and he was a thorn in their side, certainly for the first hour.

"He had lots of the ball and showed a few flicks and tricks - he certainly doesn't lack confidence and he's tough. He's not scared and he's got an eye for goal."

Ipswich's other teenage star Connor Wickham, who signed a new contract at Portman Road this week, got the home side off to a good start with a low shot that was just wide of the far post.

Speroni was then called into action as he parried a powerful Grant Leadbitter strike from 30 yards out.

But it was the visitors who enjoyed the next clear chance when Darren Ambrose seized on a loose ball inside the area but could not keep his effort down.

Palace were stirred into life and midfielder Neil Danns smashed a volley just wide before Ambrose stung the palms of Adam Lee-Barratt with a dipping strike.

The tables turned moments later when Carson went on a storming run down the right before cutting into the area and firing past Speroni at his near post.

Carson continued to shine in the second half when his cut-back found Carlos Edwards on the edge of the box but his left-foot effort struck the upright.

Wickham then volleyed wide, but Palace mounted a rare break and James Vaughan tested Lee-Barratt with a shot on the turn.

Ambrose then flashed a header wide and saw another shot saved before Carson grabbed his second and McCarthy pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute.

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