Sullivan produced save after save to deny Arsenal and hold onto our 1-0 lead on Monday night including a spell of six top-drawer stops in 22 breathtaking minutes in the second half.
Unfortunately his resistance was finally ended when Patrick Vieira planted an unstoppable header from Silvhino’s corner to break all Spurs hearts in the last minute as a cracking derby ended 1-1.
Scottish number one Sullivan was deservedly named man-of-the-match by Sky Sports, who covered the game live, in what was his first Spurs-Arsenal derby.
Goalkeeping coach at Spurs, a delighted Hans enthused: “If you were to give the performance a mark out of 10 his performance would be a 10 out of 10.
“His distribution and his handling was absolutely superb. It was one of the best displays of goalkeeping I have seen for a long while. In fact, I’d say it was the best I’ve seen this season from any goalkeeper in the Premier League.”
Sullivan has been a model of consistency and Hans added: “At the start of the season I had a chat with Neil and as a goalkeeper you set yourself targets.
“As a goalkeeping coach I set myself targets as well and one of my targets was to make Neil one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. If he keeps performing how he did against Arsenal then he has to be one of the best in the league.
“But it’s all about consistency. I think Neil, over the last few years, has been very consistent so we will keep working, keep training hard to keep that consistency.”
Even money is available on Sullivan and Spurs keeping a clean sheet against Boro on Saturday
Read more from Hans Segers on Neil Sullivan, Ian Walker and golf in our TFI section on Friday.
Hans Segers has hailed Neil Sullivan’s performance against Arsenal as the best by a goalkeeper in the Premiership this season.