Julian Speroni says he is loving life under manager Tony Pulis and is shocked at the dramatic turnaround in results.

Crystal Palace endured a miserable return to the Premier League at the start of the season as the south London club lost seven of their opening eight games.

The shocking run of form saw manager Ian Holloway leave his post and, after much toing and froing with a number of candidates including Dan Petrescu and Chris Coleman, the Crystal Palace hierarchy finally appointed former Stoke manager Pulis.

One of the most notable changes under Pulis is the vastly improved defence, who only a few games previously had looked all at sea against top flight opposition.

The Eagles have developed into an extremely difficult unit to play against; as Hull City found out last night as they were beaten at Selhurst Park thanks to Jason Puncheon’s first-half strike.

“We're a lot more solid than we used to be” Speroni admitted to Sky Sports News.

"It gives the team a lot of confidence when we keep clean sheets. We are defending as a team, trying not to leave any spaces at the back, and that means we are going into every game knowing that we can win.

"Two or three months ago, who would have thought we would be 14th?"

Palace are currently four points clear of the relegation zone but Speroni admits this doesn’t mean he and his teammates can start getting complacent as the business end of the season approaches.

"We are on a good run and we are in a good position but we have not done anything yet. That five-point gap can disappear in two games and there is a long way to go."

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