Warnock hails his Palace 'stars'

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Neil Warnock was delighted for Darren Ambrose after he netted the only goal of the game to see off Middlesbrough but the Crystal Palace boss reserved praise for his entire side after their 1-0 victory.

Ambrose took his tally for the season to 10 with his second-half winner - not a bad return for a player snapped up on a free transfer after being released by Charlton in the summer.

``I was so pleased the ball fell to him,'' said Warnock. ``It's not my fault someone gave him away. I bid £1.5million for him once - that's how much I rate him. He needs a certain type of manager and we make a good pairing. But I think we had 11 stars out there.''

Boro should have rescued a point from the game as they fluffed a host of chances - Palace keeper Julian Speroni pulling off a superb save to deny Gary O'Neil as he raced through on one occasion and also blocking a late shot from substitute Jonathan Franks.

``That was just an average game for Julian,'' smiled Warnock. ``It was a bit hairy at the end and that's when character comes in.''

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Gary O'Neil
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