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Forster grateful his team-mates stuck their penalties away

PUBLISHED: 17:28 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:12 06 July 2010

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster handed the credit for Norwich City's penalty shoot-out success to his ice-cool team-mates after making the save that moved his team a step nearer to Wembley.

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster handed the credit for Norwich City's penalty shoot-out success to his ice-cool team-mates after making the save that moved his team a step nearer to Wembley.

Forster, on loan from Newcastle, saved Swindon's fourth spot-kick from Craig Easton to ease the Canaries' path into the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area semi-finals after 90 minutes of little drama failed to separate the sides or even produce a goal at the County Ground.

His save paved the way for striker Jamie Cureton to complete a perfect five out of five for City with the winning penalty against his former club.

Owain Tudur Jones, Stephen Hughes, Michael Nelson and Jens Berthel Askou also scored from 12 yards as City moved within two rounds of a place in the final with their 5-3 win on spot-kicks.

But just as he dived to his left to deflect Easton's kick to safety, so Forster deflected the praise coming his way on to his colleagues.

“I think it's one of those situations which is always good for a 'keeper because I don't think you can really go wrong. You're not really expected to save anything but if you save one, you're a bit of a hero,” he said.

“I guessed right. It was a pretty soft penalty but it was just nice to save one.

“I was just happy to save one because I was getting a bit worried, but the lads' penalties were absolutely brilliant, so that's so much easier if everyone is scoring. It takes the pressure right off.

“We haven't practised anything but the lads stepped up and put them away, which is what you need in that situation.”

Forster's recall after missing Saturday's FA Cup tie at Paulton Rovers was just one of nine changes made by manager Paul Lambert.

“The team changed quite a bit and I thought the lads did brilliantly under the conditions,” said Forster.

“I thought they defended as a team, bombed on and got forward as well as a team and it was nice when we were under pressure at the end to hang on. I don't think we really looked like conceding a goal.

“The defence has been absolutely brilliant when you look at how few goals we've conceded. When new lads have come in, everybody has contributed and it looks like we've played together the whole season.

“We don't really think about Wembley yet but you want to win every game you play and all the lads are that professional - everyone wants to win. For some of the lads who don't play week in, week out, it's a chance to show what they can do and give the manager a bit of a selection headache for the weekend.

“It's another victory and another clean sheet. That's all you can ask.”

Forster, 21, insists he shares a friendly rivalry for the goalkeeper's jersey with 18-year-old Declan Rudd.

He said: “I love the pressure of having another goalkeeper. It helps both of us to push on. We get on well, we share a room together but it's nice to have that competition.”

Forster missed the televised 7-0 win at Paulton because Newcastle do not want him cup-tied but was confident of a recall at Swindon.

He said: “You never know for sure until the gaffer reads the teamsheet out, but I was hoping I would still be playing. I didn't see why not.

“But it's good to have the competition from Dec. He's a very good young 'keeper and definitely he will have a great future ahead of him.”


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