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Speroni: It's An Honour For Me

7 January 2017

Julian Speroni spoke of the "honour" of breaking a Palace record and his love for the fans after the Eagles' 0-0 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

When reminded of his record-breaking 389th appearance for the red and blue, Speroni was delighted, saying: "Say that again, because I can't believe it!

"It's an honour for me. I never thought I was going to get to this number back in 2004 when I signed for this club - the fact that I'm here now is just amazing. I've been blessed. I've said it before I've been blessed with the people who work at the club, with teammates, and I couldn't be happier."

Speroni shut out a threatening Bolton side, winning his 108th Palace clean sheet, something he said added to the occasion.

"It was even better, it made the day perfect," he said. "Sadly we couldn't win it late on, but we're looking forward to the replay at home.

"It's always a boost in confidence when the team keeps a clean sheet, not only for the back four and the goalkeeper but the whole team. We keep a clean sheet as a whole team and that helps us to move on to the next game, hopefully we'll get more clean sheets and that's what we need, that's what our focus is on and I'm looking forward to that [next game]."

A boisterous away support sang the legendary goalkeeper's name throughout the Third Round tie, and he was incredibly thankful for that.

"I can't thank them enough. I just don't know what to say... They keep amazing me," he enthused. "The love I get from them every time I step on to the pitch. I threw my gloves into the stand and I wanted to throw my shirt, then I remembered my wife wanted my shirt and I thought 'I better not do it because she's going to be mad!' I want to give them everything. Every time I step on the pitch I want to give them everything, because that's what they deserve."

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