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Speroni Optimistic Ahead Of Spurs Game

5 December 2014

Julian Speroni says that Palace are “full of confidence” heading into Saturday's game at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Eagles have won just once in their last eight games but rather than looking at the results the veteran shot-stopper is focussing more on the performances which saw them push Manchester United close, beat Liverpool and gain a credible point at Swansea City within the last month.

Despite falling at home to Aston Villa on Tuesday, the Argentinian feels bullish about his side's chances of clinching a first league victory against Tottenham in north London since the 1997/98 season and getting back into form after the midweek disappointment.

He said: “It's a week where we need to prepare well and make sure the recovery is spot on. It'll be a tough challenge for us but we're looking forward to it.

“After the Villa game I couldn't understand how we didn't get a point out of the game. We had so many chances but for some reason the ball didn't seem to want to go in so we ended up losing but I was pleased with the performance because we played really well.

“We've been creating a lot, especially against Villa, and we hope to do that against Tottenham too. Any point away from home is always a good point but if you go into games with that mentality then you tend to lose. You have to go out there thinking you can win, try to win and then see what happens.

“We try not to think too much about what has happened before, we try to prepare for every game in the same manner. We know it's going to be a tough challenge but we have the confidence to go there and try and win the game because of the performances we've had lately.”

Palace currently sit two points outside the relegation zone but with a further 18 available from now until New Year's Day Speroni believes that this time of the year could be crucial in the season's final placings, although that doesn't stop him keeping an eye on the other clubs in the bottom half of the table.

“You always look for other results after a game to see how other teams are doing but I don't think you have to think too much about it because it's going to be a tough season. We showed last year the difference between the bottom of the table and halfway up is so close, and you can quickly climb if you get a win as there's little difference between the teams. 

“It'll probably go down to the last few games of the season. We're going to have to perform as well as we've been doing but the margins are so small so we need to pick up some points.”

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