Forster - I'm just doing my job
David Cuffley Goalkeeper Fraser Forster played down his own contribution as Norwich City stretched their lead to eight points at the top of League One. Forster's two outstanding injury-time saves looked to have sealed victory over Swindon Town at the County Ground before he was finally beaten by a powerful header by home skipper Gordon Greer.
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster played down his own contribution as Norwich City stretched their lead to eight points at the top of League One.
Forster's two outstanding injury-time saves looked to have sealed victory over Swindon Town at the County Ground before he was finally beaten by a powerful header by home skipper Gordon Greer.
City led 1-0 from the 52nd minute thanks to captain Grant Holt's 28th goal of the season and the giant 'keeper's assured display looked to have helped guarantee another three points. As the match moved into time added on, Forster kept out Alan Sheehan's curling free-kick and then produced a brilliant save from Jonathan Douglas, but the resulting corner from Sheehan provided Greer with the chance to level the scores.
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“It was a little disappointing, but it was a fantastic performance by the lads. We didn't really give them any chances until late on,” said Forster, who made light of his own efforts.
“It's just one of those things - that's what I'm paid to do and the lads in front of me did brilliantly all day.
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“To come away from home and play a very tough team, we've done brilliantly to get a point.
“It's another point for us and one less game to play.
“We're very positive. With nine games to go, if we play like that every week between now and the end of the season, that will be brilliant.”
City can now look forward to taking on second-placed Leeds in front of a sell-out crowd at Carrow Road on Saturday. Before that, Leeds are in action tonight, at home to promotion rivals Millwall.
“It's good to have the points on the board and it puts the pressure on them when they play on Monday,” said Forster.
“What happens next week will probably make things a bit clearer.”
The on-loan Forster, who celebrated his 22nd birthday last week, has barely put a foot - or a hand - wrong since his miscued goal-kick led to Leeds' late winner at Elland Road in October.
“Mistakes are part of being a goalkeeper. It was disappointing earlier in the season but it will be an experience for them coming to Carrow Road and having to play in front of 25,000 of our fans so we'll be able to see if they handle the pressure,” he said.
Manager Paul Lambert is used to his goalkeeper's high standard of performance.
“It's just his job to do it,” he said.