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Gomes - 'This is what I'm here for'

Posted on 23 March 2009  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes believes his wonder-save from John Terry in Saturday's win over Chelsea proves a point.

Gomes - 'This is what I'm here for'

Heurelho Gomes believes his wonder-save from John Terry in Saturday's win over Chelsea proves a point.

It has not been the easiest of season at times for our goalkeeper, but he insists stops like that is what he is all about.

The Brazilian dived at full-stretch to his right to keep out the Blues captain's firm header and keep our 1-0 lead in tact late on.

Afterwards, Gomes said: "Making saves like this is why I play football, and I want to be a goalkeeper who wins games for the team. I feel like I am playing better than I did before."

But he also made it clear that results like Saturday's are the product of a team effort, reserving special praise for his centre-halves.

"When you have players like Ledley and Woody in front of you, it gives everyone confidence.

"Everyone is very happy with the way things are going at the moment, and a result like this against a team like Chelsea can only do us good."

And although Gomes admits it is disappointing that we are only now starting to show what we are truly capable of after a slow start to the season, he is pleased with the position we now find ourselves in.

After a run of six games unbeaten in the league and only one defeat in the last nine, we are well in the fight for a place in next season's Europa League.

"If we played like we're playing now at the start of the season, who knows what sort of position we might be in now.

"But there's no point in looking back on what might have been, because now we have got ourselves in a good position."