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Just doing my job - Gomes

Posted on 18 October 2009  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes reflected on his wonder show against Pompey and smiled: "That's what I'm there for."

Heurelho Gomes reflected on his wonder show against Pompey and smiled: "That's what I'm there for."

Harry Redknapp opted to start with Gomes in place of Carlo Cudicini and the popular goalkeeper repaid the manager's faith in magnificent style as we took maximum points at Fratton Park.

Gomes produced three saves right out of the top-drawer as goals from Ledley King and Jermain Defoe secured a 2-1 victory.

The pick of the bunch was a stunning reaction stop to keep out former Spur Younes Kaboul's free-kick in the first half.

The Brazilian international was already flying through the air to his right when Kaboul's piledriver deflected off Tommy Smith but he was able to react in a split-second, throwing his left hand up and diverting the ball away.

Gomes later clawed away Smith's lob and capped his return with a reaction save to his right to palm away Hassan Yebda's close-range volley as we held onto a 2-1 lead despite playing with 10 men for the final 30 minutes following Defoe's red card.

"I work hard every week to make saves like that, it's my job," said Gomes, when asked about that first save from Kaboul.

"When the ball comes straight to you it's easy enough to save but when it's deflected it's difficult.

"I was already diving and I just managed to turn my head to see the ball changing direction, I put my hand there and managed to save it.

"That's what I'm there for, to make saves like that.

"I'm just glad I can make the fans happy because they support me so much. I was delighted we got the win for them."

Gomes was ready for a lively atmosphere at Fratton Park. "We knew it was a big game for Harry going back to Portsmouth and for Crouchy, Jermain and Niko," he said.

"We started a bit slowly but after that we did well to go 2-0 up.

"When Jermain was sent off it was tough for us but we defended superbly. It's so difficult to do that away from home (with 10 men) but we did very well."