WELL I guess the unbeaten run had to end somewhere.
It was just a shame it had to finish in a lacklustre display in front of our biggest home crowd of the season - thanks to the £10 ticket promotion - with a chance to consolidate our position in the top six.
But after the fortuitous win over Portsmouth four days earlier it has to be said that you could see it coming.
The biggest disappointment was the team-sheet. Seeing our first-choice front two, Micheal Chopra and Jason Scotland, replaced by Nathan Ellington and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, must have given Crystal Palace a boost before kick-off. I don’t agree with resting a settled, winning side at this stage of the season - if they are looking jaded during a game then by all means pull them off, but the adrenaline of playing in front of 24,000 on a perfect pitch in a side flying high in the league should be enough to get you through.
As it was, we ended up having to wheel out the cavalry from the bench to try and retrieve the game, which ultimately never worked.
Tactically we were also found out in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat. I said at the start of utilising this diamond midfield system that the strain for width put on the full-backs was a concern. And against Palace, whose two exciting young wingers, Sean Scannell and Wilfred Zaha, were able to pin Aaron Cresswell and Carlos Edwards back, the deficiencies of the system were fully exposed - and what was more alarming was we had no plan B.
It can also be argued that when Jimmy Bullard is currently not on his game, as on Tuesday and then Saturday, neither are Ipswich Town at the moment. The supporters’ player of the year had to dump his car and run to the ground on Saturday - but at least he was honest enough afterwards to admit his performance fell well below par.
It’s literally into the Lions’ Den on Saturday when we travel to Millwall, who are just two points above the drop zone but fresh from a win over Leicester City and draws with Brighton and Middlesbrough. With Cresswell suspended, and Mark Kennedy the likely replacement unable to motor up and down in the same fashion, there may be a chance for the likes of Lee Martin or even Josh Carson to re-emerge out of the shadows and light up the wings.