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Palace stopper: It meant so much to beat Brighton

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CRYSTAL Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni has recalled the moment he managed to stop Brighton from scoring just minutes before Wilfried Zaha gave them the lead in their play-off semi-final game ten days ago. And the stopper also praised defender Dean Moxey for his superb clearance off the line seconds later. Speroni told Advertiser Sport: "It meant so much to beat Brighton. We knew we had a good chance, and I knew a lot of people thought Brighton would go through, but we didn't think so. "We knew if we have 100 per cent we would have had a chance to go through and that's what we did – I really enjoyed it. "My save onto the bar, it was one of those saves where you don't think, you just react to it. "When the ball came through, Ashley Barnes tried to put it over my shoulder and I had to react and make myself big. "I saw the ball coming upwards and I just reacted to it, so luckily it went onto the bar. "And then Dean Moxey did a great job to clear the ball off the line from the corner. "We practice corners with lots of different scenarios, but I'd say it was a team performance and not about one player. Everybody did their jobs."For the full interview with Speroni among a host of others before Monday's game, you won't want to miss our 12-page Wembley pull-out in Friday's Croydon Advertiser. And we also have Ian Holloway's exclusive column included. The contents of this article must not be reproduced without the permission of the Croydon Advertiser.Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AdvertiserSport Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AdvertiserSport Watch video highlights at www.youtube.com/AdvertiserSport

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