After he came off the field having played his first Palace game for a nearly a year, Julian Speroni was delighted with his display which saw him pull off a string of fine saves in vain as the Eagles lost 2-0 to Manchester United.
The Argentinian was recalled to the line-up at Old Trafford as Alan Pardew took the opportunity to rest Wayne Hennessey ahead of the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, but Speroni put in a tremendous performance that saw him deny Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford during the 90 minutes, including a brilliant double save in the second half.
Having shown no signs of rustiness and powerless to stop the two shots that did sneak past him, Speroni was happy with his contribution, saying post-match: “I was so looking forward to playing before the game.
"The result wasn’t what I was looking for but I really enjoyed being back out there tonight.
“I thought we were unlucky to concede so early in the game which spoilt our plan a little bit and then the second goal was a really good one which was taken well. We’re obviously disappointed with the result but from a personal point of view I was pleased with my performance.”
The defeat brought to an end Palace’s four game unbeaten run going into Sunday’ semi with Watford at Wembley, but Speroni feels his side are well prepared for that game, as well as the rest of the Premier League campaign with the Eagles needing a couple more points to seal safety.
On the semi-final, he said: “We have prepared really well for it – it’s a special occasion and we need to make sure we go into that game in the best condition possible. We need to make sure we recover well tonight and do all we can to be 100% on Sunday. It’s going to be a big day and we need to make sure we’re ready for it.
“In the league we want to try to keep winning to get as many points as we can, until we’re mathematically safe we cannot relax so we’ll see. We’ve proved we can play a lot better recently and we’ve had some results which is great.”
To hear more from Julian, go to eagles.cpfc.co.uk to watch a full interview.