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Brad 'unbelievable' - Pat

Posted on 25 January 2012  - 17:25

Pat Jennings has paid tribute to Brad Friedel for his super-consistent performances this season.

Brad 'unbelievable' - Pat

Brad, 40, has maintained his incredible run of consecutive matches in the Premier League by starting all of our 22 league games so far this season.

That has taken his tally to 288 starts on the trot in the Premier League since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.

He has played a key role as we've kept eight clean sheets in those 22 matches to sit third in the table on 46 points.

Team-mates have regularly spoken about the value of his experience at the back and now legendary goalkeeper Pat has weighed in with his praise.

"Brad has been unbelievable," said Pat, who made 590 appearances for us between 1964-77, winning the FA Cup, two League Cups and the UEFA Cup along the way.

"At his age, to be on a run of approaching 300 matches without missing a game is fantastic.

"I don't think anyone will ever get near that record."

Pat, still at Spurs Lodge in his role as goalkeeping consultant, knows a thing about the longevity of a goalkeeper.

"I was 41 when I played my last game against Brazil," he added, in reference to Northern Ireland's group game against Brazil in the 1986 World Cup Finals. "In fact, that was on my 41st birthday.

"I could have played on if I had the opportunity, and there is no reason why Brad can't continue to play.

"He's been brilliant for us. He's showed all his experience and just how good he is at the moment."