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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway paid tribute to his goalkeeper Julian Speroni following the 1-0 victory over Derby at Pride Park.

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Julian Speroni: Crystal Palace goalkeeper celebrates after victory at Derby

Julian Speroni: Crystal Palace goalkeeper celebrates after victory at Derby

Yannick Bolasie hit Palace's winner after 13 minutes, but it was Speroni's string of superb saves - culminating in deflecting Conor Sammon's 87th-minute spot-kick on to the crossbar - that eventually earned the Eagles 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 tonight."

Holloway sympathised with Derby, adding: "They've had a lot of bad luck. They've got a young side who are so enthusiastic and they probably deserved better than they got, but we've got to take that and try and move on.

"We all looked a bit nervous at the end, myself included, because we want it so bad.

"I'm going to enjoy this because we're in with a shout of automatic promotion and that's fantastic for everybody at the club."

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