Palace ran riot in Yorkshire as Francis Jno Baptiste scored five times to help end Barnsley’s unbeaten start in extraordinary fashion.
The hosts had started the game well and controlled the early stages, but on 20 minutes Jno Baptiste got his first during a productive afternoon when he met a cross from the left with a glancing header, and would then add two more headers to complete an 11 minute hat-trick as Palace began to tear the Tykes apart.
Six minutes after scoring his first, Jno Baptiste nipped in front of the Barnsley goalkeeper to send a Jason Lokilo corner into the net, and then on 31 minutes his treble was completed when Giovanni McGregor’s corner was headed back across goal by Jalen Jones, and the Eagles striker managed to guide it home.
Things got even better for Ken Gillard’s side 10 minutes later when Tyrick Mitchell got down the left and swung a cross towards Jno Baptiste, and with his confidence sky-high he netted with a fine left-footed finish to make it 4-0 at the break.
The result was already in the bag but Palace were hungry for more goals, and it was Jno Baptiste again who notched his fifth of the afternoon on 68 minutes when Kian Flanagan slid in the attacker, who saw his initial attempt saved before tucking home the rebound.
Lokilo then attempted to get a different name on the scoresheet and after cutting inside from the right he smacked an effort against the crossbar, but 11 minutes from time he did register when he was picked out by Joseph Hungbo on the right and the winger placed the ball into the bottom corner.
Just as it looked as though the Eagles would declare at six, they rounded off the scoring with a minute to go when Malachi Peynado-Peart found himself in space and fed McGregor, who rounded the beleaguered goalkeeper and made it 7-0 to move Palace into second position in the table.
Palace: McAdden, Ossai, Lynch, Jones, Mitchell, Yeboah, McGregor, Fundi (Hungbo 58), Flanagan (Peynado-Peart 72), Lokilo, Jno Baptiste (Okorodgo 72). Subs not used: Funnel, Ozono.