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Speroni: The Next Game Is Always The One That Counts

22 December 2017

Julian Speroni made his first Premier League appearance of the season against Chelsea in October on the day the club picked up three points against the Champions to record their first win of the campaign.

Since that day the side have lost only two in eleven Premier League matches and the league table is certainly better reading for Eagles fans as they prepare for four festive games in nine days.  

“We are on a good run at the moment but we need to make sure we carry on doing the right things because we haven’t achieved anything yet. We are in a better position than we were but there is a long way to go and need to make sure we carry on working the same way and pick up as many points as we can to try and pull away from the bottom three," said Speroni as he prepared to travel to Swansea for Saturday's game.

“This league is so tight after the top six places and that is not going to change because the margins between everyone are really small and every point counts. We are on a good run and working really hard to improve further as a group and it’s so good to see the talent in the squad but we are all aware that this league can punish you at any minute so we cannot relax and must just keep progressing in the right direction."

Swansea go into the game with Leon Britton as caretaker boss after Paul Clement and the club went their separate ways in midweek and the Eagles keeper is adamant that the change in manager and last season’s 5-4 thriller should not be in the player’s thoughts as they  go into their second consecutive away fixture.

“Our target is to go there and try to get the three points and we can’t worry about all that has happened and what has gone on against them in the past. They have been a Premier League club for some time and have good players in their squad and we know it is going to be a tough match.

“We have to prepare for each game in the same way, we have a game plan but each match brings its own challenges. The next game is always the one that counts and for us it is always knowing that every point is important and we need to pick up as many as we can and every game counts.”

Against Watford a couple of weeks ago Julian made his 400th appearance in the 2-1 victory and after a career in SE25 that goes over 13 years he is as proud as ever to be pulling on a the goalkeepers jersey for The Eagles.

“I am very proud to have made that number of appearances and obviously when I signed for the club in 2004 I was never expecting to be here such a long time. I have enjoyed the ride, it’s been a rollercoaster as we have had good times and bad but I have had such a great time and everyone here has made it so enjoyable.

“I am only 38 and for a goalkeeper that is not too bad and I must say that at this time I feel better than ever so I want to play as much as I can. I want to be enjoying it as long as I can compete at this level but you can never put a time limit on it because you never know what is around the corner but if I keep feeling like I am at the moment then I will be looking to play for a few more years yet.”

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