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Cottage high for Gomes

Posted on 8 March 2010  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes has turned Craven Cottage into his field of dreams.

Cottage high for Gomes

Heurelho Gomes has turned Craven Cottage into his field of dreams.

The popular goalkeeper produced a world-class save to deny Zoltan Gera in the second half of Saturday's goalless draw against Fulham in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Gomes was shattered after making a mistake that contributed to a 2-1 defeat to the Cottagers back in November, 2008.

Having completely turned around his season last term, he has now returned twice to the stadium on the banks of the River Thames and produced vital saves in successive goalless draws.

Saturday represented his 14th clean sheet and made sure we were in the hat for Sunday's semi-final draw - if we beat Fulham in the replay at the Lane, we'll play Portsmouth in the last four of the competition at Wembley in April.

"Yes, it's turning into a special place for me!" beamed Gomes after Saturday's hard-fought draw. "It's always the best feeling when there is an important moment and I can help the team win or draw the game, when we get points or in this case, to keep going in the FA Cup."

It was a point-blank save as Bobby Zamora headed back Simon Davies' cross for Gera to power his header at goal from eight yards - Gomes was there to palm away.

"It was a difficult save because it's so close and the ball travelled so quickly from one side to the other side," added Gomes. "You have control your movement. I think this was a good save.

"Fulham is not an easy place to play. They are confident now, they beat Shakhtar, they play Juventus next week and they do well here. It's a tough place to play. We have a chance now at home to go to Wembley."