Michael Dawson paid tribute to Heurelho Gomes after the keeper preserved a well-deserved point against Manchester United on Saturday.
Gomes produced a late, great save to deny Ryan Giggs as an exciting encounter ended in a goalless draw at the Lane.
The game had ticked into the 90th minute when Giggs' free-kick looked to be heading into the top corner but Gomes, at full stretch, managed to fingertip the effort onto the top of the crossbar and to safety. Hed earlier saved from Nani as United pushed for a late winner.
"It was different class, a great save," said ‘Daws', who was first onto the scene to congratulate the keeper. "It looked like it might creep in and that would have been so disappointing after the effort we put into the game.
"It was the same at West Ham when we were 1-0 up and he made the double save late on. We went up the other end, Jamie scored and everyone thinks it was an easy win but it could quite easily have been 1-1 and we'd have all been gutted."
Daws and the rest of the squad have been right behind the keeper all season. "We all go through hard times and you need your team-mates to help you out and we've all done that with Gomes, " added Michael, who was rightly named ‘Man of the Match' after a typically all-action display.
"He's a great guy and his performances are showing how good he really is."