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Gomes' magic moment

Posted on 9 November 2009  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes admits his heroic penalty save from Darren Bent on Saturday owed little to research and more to instinct.

Gomes' magic moment

Heurelho Gomes admits his heroic penalty save from Darren Bent on Saturday owed little to research and more to instinct.

The 56th minute stop was a key moment in our 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Sunderland that takes us back to fourth in the table.

Our Brazilian goalkeeper was awarded Man of the Match for his performance after a string of important saves, as well as the crucial spot-kick denial.

And although he admitted to studying his former team-mate's penalty form, Gomes reveals that he in fact dispensed with any logic when it came to the crunch.

"The performance analysts at the club had shown me during the week the last eight penalties Darren had taken," he said.

"He normally goes to the keeper's right, but on this occasion he went left so he changed his mind, and I waited for him to make his decision and got it right.

"But there's no hard feelings, he's a great lad and when I came to Spurs he helped me settle in. After the game I just told him to keep his head up because he's a great striker.

"The penalty save was a great moment for us and me personally. I was pleased with the stop and it was so important for everyone because we needed this win for the sake of our league position."

After two successive league defeats, Gomes recognises the importance of grinding out the three points despite having our backs to the wall for long periods against the Black Cats.

"Sunderland played very well in the second half. They have a very good side and we tried our best to keep them out of our box. They put us under a lot of pressure but we stuck together.

"It's a great win for us because we lost the last two league games but now we're back to winning ways and back in the top four."

See this interview and more reaction from Saturday's win exclusively on Spurs TV Online later today.

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