Football - Holloway praise for `outstanding' Speroni

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway hailed inspirational goalkeeper Julian Speroni after the Argentinian shot-stopper's late penalty save earned a 1-0 npower Championship victory over Derby at Pride Park.

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Yannick Bolasie clinically scored the game's only goal for the promotion hopefuls, but it was Speroni's string of saves - culminating in deflecting Conor Sammon's 87th-minute spot-kick on to the bar - that were crucial to the Eagles earning a first away win since November.

"I think he's a wonderful person," said Holloway. "It's not just what he's like with his gloves on; he's a wonderful human being.

"I think he epitomises the club - we're fresh, we're hungry, we want to do it. He's been player of the year three times in a row so he's definitely a fans' favourite, and he was absolutely outstanding.

"It's nice to get that monkey off your back and it took a marvellous save from our goalie - I thought he was inspired.

"That's why he's got his own bar at our ground. To do well you need a really good goalie and he's proved that."

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