Holloway targets five new faces as Crystal Palace look to kick on after 'awesome' Sunderland win

The Eagles boss hailed his team's performance in a 3-1 win over Paolo Di Canio's men at Selhurst Park on Saturday, but admits he is still in the market for new signings
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is still eager to add to his squad, despite having already signed 11 players this summer.

The 50-year-old oversaw his first win of the season on Saturday, beating Sunderland 3-1 at Selhurst Park – a game which saw new-boy and club-record acquisition Dwight Gayle open his account for the Eagles.

Holloway was delighted with his side's efforts, though hopes to bring in up to five new players before the window shuts on Monday.

“It takes a really big squad in this division to have a chance,” said the Palace boss after the match. “So, hopefully, we can sign four or maybe even five by Monday. [It will] take some doing, but we're going to have a go.

The colourful Bristolian also revealed that the club had tied up deals for Reading winger Jimmy Kebe and Huddersfield right-back Jack Hunt.

“[We've got] two already today, Jack Hunt and Jimmy Kebe,” continued Holloway. “We're trying to sign another four, maybe even five.

“Hunt's a tenacious, tackling right-back. He's a young lad that I think will get better.

“Kebe is a more experienced wideman, and, at the moment, I've lost not only Wilf [Wilfried Zaha], but I've lost Jerome Thomas, who hasn't been fit yet, and [Yannick] Bollasie. So he's going to give competition for those wide areas.”

Palace opened their Premier League campaign with back-to-back defeats against Tottenham and Stoke, but responded with a victory over Sunderland.

Holloway was gushing with praise for his team after the match, and was especially proud of the way the team responded to the Black Cats leveller.

“Today, they scored, and we didn't wobble,” added Holloway. “We had a little spell, when they put Fletch [Steven Fletcher] on, we got that wrong, but I thought that was a commanding performance. I was so pleased.

“It was a completely awesome performance. [Dean Moxey] was absolutely sensational, not just him but all of them. [I'm] delighted, there was hardly a bad performance – and in this level we've got to be that good to get any points.

“Some of that stuff was as good as I've seen those boys play...we've come a long way.”