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Gomes' 'miracle save' - Pat

Posted on 21 October 2009  - 12:00

Legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings feels Heurelho Gomes' save from Younes Kaboul at Portsmouth is right up there with the great Gordon Banks' save from Pele.

Legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings feels Heurelho Gomes' save from Younes Kaboul at Portsmouth is right up there with the great Gordon Banks' save from Pele.

One of the finest goalkeepers to ever grace the game, Pat, who played 673 games for Spurs between 1964-1977, described it as a ‘miracle save'.

The save came in the first half of our 2-1 win at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Gomes was already diving to his right to get to Kaboul's piledriver of a free-kick when the shot took a deflection off Tommy Smith, diverting the ball back to the centre of the goal.

In a split-second - and as he was still diving the other way - Gomes was able to fling his left hand up and not just reach the ball, but divert it away from goal.

The score was goalless at the time and it was the first of three world-class saves that helped us take three more precious away points.

"It was an unbelievable save," said Pat, who made plenty himself in a career that spanned over 1,000 matches for Watford, Spurs, Arsenal and Northern Ireland.

"He was obviously going for the initial shot but it took the deflection and for him to get a hand to it the way he did having already committed himself to diving the other way was incredible.

"For me, it was like the Banksy save against Brazil. It was a miracle save."

Banks saves from Pele, 1970

England hero Banks' save against Pele in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico (pictured above) is considered the greatest ever.

Starting at his near post, Banks had to race across his line to meet Pele's downward header and the ball was behind him when he managed to dive to his right and somehow scoop it over the bar.

Pat, now 64, was back with the keepers at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday in his continued role as our goalkeeping consultant.

He sees Gomes as a match-winner. "He made a lot of top-class saves during the match against Pompey and that's what we'll always say about him - he's capable of making the saves that can turn a game. That was certainly one of them."