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Gomes' penalty points

Posted on 6 April 2010  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes took little consolation from the personal achievement of saving two penalties at Sunderland by admitting: "Winning is all that matters."

Gomes' penalty points

Heurelho Gomes took little consolation from the personal achievement of saving two penalties at Sunderland by admitting: "Winning is all that matters."

The popular goalkeeper twice denied former team-mate Darren Bent from the spot to keep us in a crazy game at 2-0 down at the Stadium of Light.

Bent had already scored twice - the first inside a minute, the other from the spot, as we gave away three penalties on the day - but when Gomes turned his third penalty onto the post in the second half, there was a feeling it could kick-start a revival.

Peter Crouch increased that belief when he scored with his first touch off the bench to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining.

It wasn't to be though. Bolo Zenden scored a spectacular volleyed third goal with five minutes left to secure a win for the home side and consign us to our first defeat in 10 matches in all competitions, a run that included five straight wins in the Premier League.

"I've never faced three penalties in a game," said Gomes. "It was a difficult moment and I just wanted to do my best because if I saved the penalties, we stayed in the game.

"Unfortunately, they scored a very good goal after 85 minutes and that was enough. It's only better for me if we win the game, that's all that matters."

Gomes conceded that the opening goal - timed at 36 seconds - put us on the back foot.

"That made it a difficult game for us," he added. "They put plenty of pressure on, we didn't close them down and they have good players who did well.

"If we'd kept it at 1-0 we could normally score and change the game. The manager changed the team at half-time, we put the pressure on, scored a goal but it wasn't enough this time.

"We have semi-final coming up and then a couple of great games so we have to keep going and stay positive."