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Palace star bracing himself for Wayne Hennessey inclusion in Southampton FA Cup clash

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CRYSTAL Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni says he will respect Alan Pardew's decision if the manager decides play Wayne Hennessey at Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Hennessey has been used in the previous cup games in the past year, with the last coming in the previous FA Cup round at Dover Athletic.

That trend could be continued on the south coast – but Speroni doesn't want to settle for a weekend off.

"Obviously managers tend to make changes for FA Cup matches - I don't even know if I'll be playing," he admitted to the Advertiser.

"Wayne played in the last match at Dover, so I'm not sure what the manager is going to do.

"I want to play every game – footballers, we're not happy watching from the side.

"It's the manager's decision and I will respect that."

Looking towards the game itself, Speroni believes both clubs will make limited changes in front of a sell-out crowd at St Mary's Stadium.

But in four weeks since the clubs last met in the Premier League, Pardew has replaced Neil Warnock and the Eagles are flying again.

"A lot has changed, it is another important match and it will be tough obviously," said Speroni.

"They are playing really, really well this season. But that's why we want to be at this level, we want to play those teams every week.

"We are looking forward to it. It's not like a midweek match, it's a Saturday, so I expect both clubs to have strong teams out."

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Palace star bracing himself for Wayne Hennessey inclusion in Southampton FA Cup clash


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