The American goalkeeper was in fine form as City created a host of chances in the first half at the City of Manchester Stadium.
He saved three one-on-ones with Paulo Wanchope and one from Nicolas Anelka but most memorably turned aside Steve McManaman's point-blank chance.
With Trevor Sinclair also missing the target from eight yards and Anelka having another effort cleared off the line, you can understand caretake boss David's sentiments.
"They created chances in the first half and our goalkeeper did very well," reflected David. "For want of a better phrase, we dug in.
"We had a plan but we were poor in possession. We didn't pass the ball well and when that happens, you give it away and they keep coming at you. We were at full stretch and we know that.
"The scoreline was much better than the performance but on balance I would prefer to be a lucky caretaker than a good one."
David Pleat conceded the result was better than the performance after our Kasey Keller-inspired 0-0 draw at Manchester City.