Gomes' penalty pride
Heurelho Gomes said he was 'very proud' after saving Didier Drogba's last-gasp penalty to preserve a point against Chelsea.
Heurelho Gomes said he was ‘very proud’ after saving Didier Drogba’s last-gasp penalty to preserve a point against Chelsea.
The popular number one guessed the right way to turn away Drogba’s spot-kick diving to his left as a typical derby cracker finished 1-1 at the Lane.
A point was the least we deserved after an impressive first half capped by Roman Pavlyuchenko’s fine strike.
However, Chelsea hit back after the break. Drogba came off the bench at half-time and lashed in the Blues’ equaliser in the 70th minute.
The injury time drama summed-up perfectly the life of a goalkeeper.
Drogba’s equaliser was a fierce strike that Gomes would normally have kept out and he then upended Ramires for the 92nd minute penalty.
At that point it looked all doom and gloom – before Gomes turned hero with the penalty save.
Gomes was naturally devastated to concede the penalty before that low turned into a high.
“It was a difficult time because I thought we deserved more, but that’s the game, that’s football,” reflected Gomes on that key moment.
“From there, I just thought about saving the penalty.
“That happened and I’m very proud about that. I’m very pleased, very happy.
"I think the players played well and tried to win this game. I helped at the end and I’m happy because of that.
“At the end, perhaps it was the right result.
"I thought we were better in the first half and they were better in the second half. It’s a little frustrating but, yes, the right result.”