Ferguson laughs off Mancini jibe
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway paid tribute to his
goalkeeper Julian Speroni following the 1-0 victory over Derby at
Yannick Bolasie hit Palace’s winner after 13 minutes, but it was
Speroni’s string of superb saves – culminating in deflecting Conor
Sammon’s 87th-minute spot-kick on to the crossbar – that eventually
earned the Eagles a first away win since November.
“I think he’s a wonderful person,” said Holloway. “It’s not just
what he’s like with his gloves on; he’s a wonderful human
“I think he epitomises the club – we’re fresh, we’re hungry, we
want to do it. He’s been player of the year three times in a row so
he’s definitely a fans’ favourite, and he was absolutely
“It’s nice to get that monkey off your back and it took a
marvellous save from our goalie – I thought he was inspired.
“That’s why he’s got his own bar at our ground. To do well you
need a really good goalie and he’s proved that tonight.”
Holloway sympathised with Derby, adding: “They’ve had a lot of
bad luck. They’ve got a young side who are so enthusiastic and they
probably deserved better than they got, but we’ve got to take that
and try and move on.
“We all looked a bit nervous at the end, myself included,
because we want it so bad.
“I’m going to enjoy this because we’re in with a shout of
automatic promotion and that’s fantastic for everybody at the
Mancini made the observation last weekend as he assessed the
state of a title race that subsequently saw victories for both
United and Manchester City that maintained the status quo with 11
The City manager’s argument is that United, whilst deserving of
their top-of-the-table status, were not so superior to his own side
they were worthy of such an imposing advantage that surely will be
impossible to claw back.
It was an observation Ferguson countered immediately.
“We’re dead lucky,” said the Scot, with more than a hint of
“We have only been doing it for 25 years. It is a terrible
“Maybe he (Mancini) is lucky they are only 12 points
It was Ferguson in one of his jocular moods, although it did not
lead to words of sympathy for old adversary Rafael Benitez over his
plight at Chelsea, which the Scot preferred to stay out of.
“I am not getting into that,” he said.