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Speroni: Survival not assured

Julian Speroni admits it would be foolish for Crystal Palace to consider themselves safe and start going through the motions.

Stunning title-chasing Chelsea 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday has edged the Eagles five points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand on many of those around them.

They now have seven fixtures in which to keep their heads above water and consolidate their Premier League standing.

Palace's showing against Chelsea suggests they should have more than enough to get over the line, but Speroni insists they will be taking nothing for granted.

"It's not over yet, no," said Speroni. "That's the worst thing we can think.

"We need to focus now on Cardiff next week because if we don't get a result there, who knows, anything can happen.

"It's a great three points against Chelsea but we need to enjoy it and then prepare for next week.

"Our spirit has been great since the beginning of the season. We went through a bad spell, nine games without winning, losing every week.

"That was tough, a learning process for us. And then we came back strongly after that.

"The spirit in the camp is fantastic. Tony Pulis has been fantastic since he took over as boss. We all know, we all understand now what he wants from us. That's key."

While domestic matters are dominating Speroni's thoughts at present, the Argentine goalkeeper is refusing to give up on his efforts to earn senior international recognition in time for this summer's World Cup.

The 34-year-old added: "Until that final squad is named then I'm going to be dreaming."