Julian Speroni pleasantly surprised by Crystal Palace's dramatic revival
Julian Speroni is enjoying Crystal Palace's revival under Tony Pulis, but did not expect such dramatic improvement.
Last Updated: 29/01/14 4:47pm
The Eagles made a dismal start to life in the Premier League, losing seven of their first eight matches, and they were five points adrift of safety when previous manager Ian Holloway left Selhurst Park in October.
But Pulis has swiftly changed Palace's fortunes and Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Hull City moved the south Londoners up to 14th, five points clear of the drop zone.
A fifth clean sheet in 11 matches is proof of the team's more resolute back-line and Speroni is pleasantly surprised with the transformation after such a painful introduction to the top-flight.
"We're a lot more solid than we used to be," said Speroni.
"It gives the team a lot of confidence when we keep clean sheets. We are defending as a team, trying not to leave any spaces at the back, and that means we are going into every game knowing that we can win.
"Two or three months ago, who would have thought we would be 14th?
"We are on a good run and we are in a good position but we have not done anything yet. That five-point gap can disappear in two games and there is a long way to go."
Palace are yet to make a signing this month, but skipper Mile Jedinak is refusing to panic about the lack of new recruits.
The Australian is confident his team-mates can hold their own as they prepare to face Arsenal at the Emirates this weekend.
"If some business does get done before the end of the window, then fantastic," said Jedinak.
"If not, then we have to move on and go full steam ahead between now and the end of the season.
"We have made it difficult for teams and if we can continue doing that until the end of the season it will be massive. We have done well at big places before this season and I am sure we will have a game plan at Arsenal on Sunday."