Speroni's heroics scramble a point for Palace

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Neil Warnock praised Julian Speroni as the best goalkeeper in the country after the Argentine ensured Crystal Palace came away with a point from this London derby.

Speroni pulled off stunning second-half saves from Alejandro Faurlin's drive and Akos Buzsaky's free-kick, before surpassing those with a world-class stop to keep out a late volley from the Queen's Park Rangers substitute Rowan Vine.

"He's the best keeper in this division by a mile, and I don't see anyone better in the Premier League," said Warnock, the Palace manager. "It's good that nobody rates him. But he's not leaving this club while I'm manager – unless I take him somewhere with me."

Akos Buzsaky put Rangers ahead with a penalty after Danny Butterfield tripped Adel Taarabt. Wayne Routledge and Jay Simpson then missed chances to put the hosts out of sight.

They were punished after the break when Darren Ambrose, Warnock's free summer transfer from Charlton, scored his ninth goal of the season from the spot after Fitz Hall had pulled down Freddie Sears. Palace could also have won it but Neil Danns volleyed over.

Rangers, who had five former Palace players in their starting line-up, still moved up four places to sixth. But their manager Jim Magilton felt that his side, who had hit 13 goals in their previous four games, should have taken all three points. "Sometimes you rue missed chances and tonight was one of those games. And then the keeper has kept them in it."

Queen's Park Rangers (4-4-2): Cerny; Hall, Gorkss, Borrowdale, Leigertwood; Routledge, Buzsaky (Ephraim, 80), Watson, Faurlin; Simpson (Vine, 74), Taarabt (Agyemang, 74). Substitutes not used: Heaton (gk), Ramage, Alberti, Ainsworth.

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Speroni; Hill, Fonte, Davis, Butterfield; Ertl, Ambrose, Derry, Danns (Hills, 84); N'Diaye (Sears, h-t), John (Lee, 67). Substitutes not used: Clyne, Carle, Moses, Scannell.

Referee: M Russell (Hertfordshire).

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