Written By Justin on Sunday, April 20, 2008 | 11:28:00 PM
Brad Friedel was at it again over the weekend, turning in an absolutely amazing performance against Manchester United at Ewood Park. He denied Rooney, Tevez, and the normally lethal
John O'Shea (seriously! Ask Liverpool) as Rovers were largely overrun in the second half. The Tevez header that finally beat him, and the point it gained United, might well be a title-winner in another week or two. Nonetheless, Friedel turned in one of the performances of the season.
At the other end of the table, Ali Al-Habsi was equally inspired, and may have saved Bolton from relegation, in their hard-fought 1-0 win away to Boro. And speaking of Friedel and Boro - if you go back 5 years, there are only two goalkeepers from season 2002/03 season still holding down the number one shirt at the same club - Big Brad, and Boro's giant Aussie Mark Schwarzer. You could make a case for Shay Given, but there were times this season Steve Harper was picked even when Shay was healthy. They look and play exactly alike anyway, so what's the difference?
Later this week, goalkeeping nerves will be tested as the Champions League semifinals begin. How will Van der Sar, Reina, Victor Valdes, and the bemasked Petr Cech hold up under the pressure? We shall see.