Saturday 16 December 2017

Rodgers praises Vorm

Andrew Gwilym



Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers hailed the signing of Michel Vorm as a "steal" after the Dutch 'keeper performed more heroics in their victory over Fulham at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea led 1-0 thanks to Scott Sinclair's 56th-minute effort, which took a huge deflection off Clint Dempsey on its way in, when Fulham substitute Karim Frei won a penalty after tumbling over Jazz Richards with four minutes to go.

But Vorm pulled off his second spot-kick save of the season with an athletic diving stop to his right to deny Dempsey and allow Danny Graham to put a seal on Swansea's fourth win of the campaign by flicking home a Mark Gower corner in added -time.

That penalty stop followed on from brilliant saves to keep out Bryan Ruiz and Andrew Johnson efforts and gave Vorm his seventh clean sheet of the season.

And having bought the 28-year-old from FC Utrecht for just £1.5m in the summer, Rodgers has no doubt he has secured one of the best goalkeepers in the top flight.

"People will tell you that a good goalkeeper will get you up to 10-plus points and everyone knows we have a top keeper," said Rodgers. "The speed with which he got there to make the safe was exceptional and he deserves the acclaim, it was very important for us."

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