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Veteran Goalkeeper Hailed - The Verdict

Martin O'Neill heaped praise on goalkeeper Brad Friedel after yesterdays lucky win against Wet Spam whilst taling to the official site.

Friedel was in fine form and as many have suggested he alone can be congratulated for winning us two points yesterday and those two points may very well be important come the end of the season.

'It was a wonderful victory. We conjured a win when it looked improbable.

'The first half was very interesting. Brad Friedel made a wonderful save from Craig Bellamy. It was a fantastic stop. It kept us in the game.

'If they had scored that, it would have given them all the momentum. They did well against Chelsea and they have been playing well.

'What we didn't want was the crowd at Upton Park lifted and roaring them on. So Brad kept us in the game and we took the three points eventually. That was great.

'In that first half, we missed a couple of great chances ourselves to open the scoring.

'I was hoping at half-time that we could keep that momentum going after the break. As it turns out, West Ham put us under a lot of pressure and kept the ball nicely.

'We looked pretty jaded for a period. The great thing for me is that when we looked at our most jaded we conjured up the win.

'The lads should be absolutely delighted to have won that game. They will have a match in January, February, March - maybe all three of those months - where we will be by miles the better team and get beaten.

'That was really hard today but it's our sixth win away from home - that is amazing.'

Not the performance we wanted after Hamburg and definitely not the 'completely different Villa' we all assured ourselves we would see after the removal of the fringe players but 3 points from a game we should've lost is a knack that we've never quite mastered, hopefully this is the start of such a knack.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 21 2008

Time: 5:24PM

Your Comments

Friedel was solid as a rock and on his game. We seemed to freeze though and at times looked so predictable going forward that Wet Spam just doubled up on Gabby and Ash. Mostly i am happy as a fluke goal or defensive blunder is normally our undoing. Funny though, as watching Friedel is like watching your dad play footy. He looks so old. Who cares well done Brad!
holte ender 1969
Yes some grand stops, but.............forgive me for being being of the old school, and yes I know how cheeky forwards are these days but I do wish keepers would command at least their 6 yard box. Brad does not and he is far than alone. Did Jimmy Rimmer ever produce a son?
dannyvellow
In one word . . . . BARGAIN! Brad has been a bit shakey this season, but it looks like he's back to his best. In my opinion, we currently have one of the best 3 keepers in this league. As they say, 'There's life in the old dog yet!' If he keeps this up, Brad will soon be playing Champions League football, and he deserves it.
Villan-in-Cyprus
I think that Brad's uncertainty at times earlier in the campaign, was just a case of him coming to terms with a new defence in front of him Villan-In-Cyprus. He's now more aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his new team-mates, their abilities and capabilities, and consequently is now looking more like his old self.
glensider
Good signing in my opinion, a shrewd piece of business by MON. You feel more confident with him in goal, than we did at any time last season with Scotty Carson between the sticks. Mart decided upon bringing in an experienced keeper, and I think that it is a decision that is proving to be well justified.
glensider
 

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