His superb last-gasp save from Andreas Weimann secured Crystal Palace another valuable three points against Aston Villa on Saturday – but it also cemented Julian Speroni a place in the club’s record books.
That’s because his latest shut-out against the Villans – which was his 12th of the season in all competitions – was also his 100th in Palace colours.
Since making his Eagles debut against Norwich City back in August 2004, the Argentine stopper has racked up a number of milestones, including three consecutive Player of the Year awards and 300 appearances for the club.
But his latest landmark is perhaps the one he is most proud of.
After keeping Villa at bay on Saturday, Speroni took his record to an impressive 100 clean sheets from 345 games at Selhurst Park, since making the move south from Dundee almost 10 years ago.
The century leaves him lying third in the list of Palace’s best glovesmen in terms of that particular statistic, with only John Jackson’s 106 and Nigel Martyn’s 111 clean sheets bettering the 34-year-old’s remarkable tally.
Speaking to cpfc.co.uk about reaching the magical three figures with what was his fourth clean sheet in his last five starts between the sticks, Speroni said: “It’s a great achievement.
“It’s something that, as a goalkeeper, you love to do – keep clean sheets. You are always pleased after the game if you keep a clean sheet.
“But to reach 100 of them is fantastic, really. I’m proud of that, very proud.
“You don’t think about these kind of things in the early years, but you start to get close to those records that great players in the history of the club have achieved.
“You start thinking: ‘I can do it, I can get there!’ The closer you get to those records, the more you think about them, but it’s not something I put my priorities on.
“I work hard for the benefit of the team, of course, but if those records come then obviously that’s even better.”
But in typically humble style, Speroni was quick to praise the coaches and fellow goalkeepers that he has worked with down the years who have helped him reach his latest historic milestone.
He said: “Since George came to the club, he’s been fantastic with me. I feel that we are a good team.
“He’s someone that you can talk to, he gives you great feedback and you can rely on him when you’re down – you can talk to him and he will always pick you up.
“It’s not only my coaches, but also my fellow goalkeepers. I’ve worked with so many goalkeepers through these 10 years and I owe a big thank-you to them because it’s not just about what you do on matchdays, it’s what you do during the week.
“We work together and they help you to become a better player, so I owe a lot to all of them.”
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