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Julian Speroni: Crystal Palace not used to conceding set-pieces

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JULIAN Speroni knows Crystal Palace need to eradicate their mistakes from set-pieces as soon as possible if they're to improve on their two opening defeats of the season. The Eagles, following the two conceded at Arsenal the previous week, allowed two more goals to go in against them from set-play situations against West Ham on Saturday. Although without being too harsh on Palace, the first was a wonder strike from Mauro Zarate as Fraizer Campbell got a block in following a short corner. "Training had been good in the week, but we're disappointed in the way we conceded from set-pieces again," Speroni told the Advertiser. "It's something we're not used to. We need to make sure that doesn't happen again. "I think we only conceded one under Tony Pulis last season, I think it was against Liverpool. "It was a great strike with the outside of his foot so it was going away from me. Zarate is a great player and I've seen him play in Argentina a few times so I wasn't surprised. "We were so disappointed to concede that third goal, because we were back in the game and putting West Ham under pressure. "It was a shame because it killed the game a little." Palace suffered a blow before kick-off when Joe Ledley injured his groin in the warm-up and was replaced by Stuart O'Keefe.. Scott Dann narrowly missed out as well despite showing signs of improvement in training last week following a thigh problem picked up against Arsenal – and Speroni believes it was the right decision to rest the centre-back. Dann could return to face former club Walsall in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday nigh "Losing Joe was a big blow, especially when you prepare the team," said Speroni. "It's always bad to lose someone in the warm-up but we have enough players. "Scott Dann was injured still, and there's no point risking him because he could have been out for even longer if he had played. "It was the right decision for him not to play. "If we can get some players in then of course it will help. They can fulfil different roles in the team, but if not then we have the squad we had last season and we didn't do too badly."

Julian Speroni: Crystal Palace not used to conceding set-pieces


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