In the last few weeks alone you could pick from five against Arsenal — described as the best goalkeeping display in the Premiership this season by his coach Hans Segers — the stunning block from Matt Elliot’s close-range volley against Leicester, a tip over from Martjn Reuser at Ipswich and, on Saturday, a stunning tip around the post from Kevin Campbell’s point-blank header at Everton.
Typically though Sullivan was happy to gloss over his own performance at Goodison Park and instead extol the virtues of a more resilient defence and another fine display from the youngsters.
The Scottish number one said: “It wasn’t the prettiest of games but we got the point and a clean sheet was nice.
“We’ve tried to improve away performances. We’ve looked to be more resolute, to work hard, to be difficult to beat.
“Results haven’t been going our way away from home. Earlier on performances weren’t that bad but we were getting beaten but at Everton it was the other way around, the performance wasn’t the best but the result was all that mattered.
“They’ve had a hard time of it as well and we knew they’d be up for it and we’d be under a bit of pressure. Luckily enough we kept a clean sheet and earned a point.”
Few fans who witnessed Sullivan’s performance would describe it as ‘lucky’.
Asked if it was his best of the season, he responded: “The Arsenal performance was a little better for me but it’s pleasing to keep a clean sheet.
“It was a bit like the Alamo in the second half and it’s those games we didn’t get too much out of earlier in the season.
“The performance could have been better but the result was all important and we’re pleased we’ve got that point.
“The youngsters did well again and they are doing well with every game. We brought another one on again in Dave McEwen and he worked hard so things are looking good for the future.”
Unfortunately they are not looking so good for Sullivan’s near future — he is now suspended for the games against Southampton and the FA Cup fourth round after his controversial sending off against Newcastle United on January 2.
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Neil Sullivan is quickly compiling his own save of the season competition.