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All smiles for Gomes

Posted on 27 December 2009  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes' post-match demeanour at Fulham on Boxing Day couldn't have been more of a contrast to the last time he walked out of Craven Cottage, 13 months ago.

All smiles for Gomes

Heurelho Gomes' post-match demeanour at Fulham on Boxing Day couldn't have been more of a contrast to the last time he walked out of Craven Cottage, 13 months ago.

Back then, his mistake helped Fulham to a 2-0 victory and stoked the fires of those pundits doubting the position of the Brazilian goalkeeper.

A 3.30pm on Boxing Day, he emerged from the changing room with another outstanding performance under his belt and a third-successive clean sheet in the Barclays Premier League.

The long face of November, 2008, was replaced by a beaming smile after saves to deny Danny Murphy and Bobby Zamora twice in the second half as a lively encounter finished in a goalless draw.

The point kept us in fifth place at the half-way stage of the season with West Ham to follow at the Lane tomorrow (Monday, December 28, 12.45pm).

"It is a much different feeling to last year," said Gomes. "Last season I made one mistake but in the second half I made some good saves, yet of course people only think about the mistake.

"I'm very happy today. We worked hard for a point and we're stronger away from home. I made some saves as well, but that's what I'm there for. I'm very happy.

"It's a good point for us because it's a difficult fixture, Fulham beat Manchester United 3-0 last week and they are strong at home.

"The pitch was difficult and it wasn't easy for us to play but we kept a clean sheet and that's important for us as well. I think we deserved the point.

"We have to keep going because we have a lot of big games to come."