After pulling on a red and blue shirt for the first time in years last night, Alan Pardew continued the tributes towards Julian Speroni after his testimonial match ended with Palace winning by the odd goal in seven against Dundee.
The Eagles manager made his way onto the pitch with John Salako on the hour mark and played the final half an hour to the delight of the home crowd. Playing in a marauding defensive midfield role, Pardew sprayed some nice passes around the pitch and even pulled out a trick or two to entertain the crowd on a special night for the club.
However he was keen to ensure the emphasis was still all about Julian and added to the many fine testimonies there have been about the Eagles' shot-stopper from his former colleagues over the past few days.
“It's rare in today's game for a player to stay at a club for this kind of period of time and he's been a terrific servant and a great player, but more importantly tonight was a reflection of the man,” Pardew said.
“He's a terrific person and anyone who's met him will tell you that and we're very lucky to have have had him, especially for the best years of his career, and now as well for one further year.”
And on his run-out, he added: “I made a little cameo appearance, I think they needed a bit of quality so I had to come on at some stage!”
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