Warnock praises Speroni and reveals injury situation

Last updated : 14 September 2014 By Matthew Roche

The tie saw the return of fans favourite Wilfried Zaha and new singing James McArthur make the starting eleven. A nervous encounter witnessed both sides miss a handful of opportunities with the game fought mostly in the middle of the park.

Palace boss, Neil Warnock, heaped praise on goalkeeper Julian Speroni after he produced a late penalty save to ensure a point for the Eagles.

"He does them every week, that's why he's been here so long," said Warnock. "I think they broke the mould when he came, he's a one off.

"I don't think I've ever heard him shout; he's a gem of a person as well.

"He trains like that every day.

"He didn't have a lot to do today and then he pulls off something like that."

Warnock also revealed his a number of underlying injury issues with the squad. Wilfried Zaha suffered a knock in training, while Mile Jedinak was forced to shrug of injury due to a Joe Ledley sustained an injury sustained in the warm-up.

"If we'd have got a goal in the first half it would have opened up," he said.

"Wilfried came off injured in training on Thursday after he went over on his ankle.

"All credit to him because I never thought he would make it.

"You could see that Jedinak wasn't himself in the second half, but that's the typical Australian in him.

"He knew Ledley was struggling so he stayed on, but he'll be all right for next week."

Palace face Everton in next weekends fixture as the Eagle's look to secure their first win of the Premier League season.