Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni has spoken of his pleasant surprise at the Eagles’ resurgence under the tutelage of Tony Pulis, reports Sky
Palace have moved from bottom of the table to 14th with their win against Hull on Tuesday night, and Speroni couldn’t be happier as the Selhurst Park outfit seek to earn their first ever surviving campaign in the Premier League.
They have survived top flight football before, but were relegated in the Premier League’s inaugural campaign in 1992-93, and have never since recorded a finish higher than 18th.
Their start to the current season offered little cause for optimism, having lost seven of their first eight – beaten only fellow relegation candidates Sunderland in that time. When previous boss Ian Holloway departed the club, they were five points away from safety.
That has transformed into a five point cushion ahead of the bottom three, and is largely considered to be down to Palace’s new found solidarity in their backline – as evidenced by the Hull result, which gave them their fifth clean sheet in 11 outings.
“We’re a lot more solid than we used to be,” said the 34-year-old Argentinian custodian.
“It gives the team a lot of confidence when we keep clean sheets. We are defending as a team, trying not to leave any spaces at the back, and that means we are going into every game knowing that we can win.
“Two or three months ago, who would have thought we would be 14th? We are on a good run and we are in a good position but we have not done anything yet. That five-point gap can disappear in two games and there is a long way to go.”
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