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Nik reveals that ‘homework’ led to vital penalty save

Goalkeeper on Saturday's decisive moment at Plough Lane

28 March 2021

Nik Tzanev has thanked our video analysis team for pointing him in the right direction to make that dramatic penalty save on Saturday.

Speaking after the important 1-0 win versus Northampton, the Kiwi goalkeeper was quick to praise the help provided by Tom Daws (son of our former Assistant Manager Nick), and the team.

“I have to say thanks to Tom Daws because he puts together a little goalkeeper analysis for us, so that’s really good, and Goncalo (Pinto, Video Analyst). We review every week the threat that other teams possess, and with Northampton it was a lot more long balls. We had gone through some of the penalties, so we had done our homework. A big thanks to the video analysis team.

“It was amazing, words cannot describe how I’m feeling right now! My heart was racing before the penalty. Just to be able to pull that out for the team, and to get the three points is massive for the situation. I think it will be a great game for us to build on now. If we can get a six-point week it would be massive for us.

“It felt like the ball hadn’t even gone off the pitch and the ref blew the whistle! It was an amazing moment, but it was just a pity the fans were not here. If the fans had been here it would have been a hundred times better. I think I would have jumped into the crowd and got a yellow card for taking my shirt off! I am just happy for the fans that we won and everyone involved.”

Nik spoke of his pride at being given an opportunity to finally make the number one spot his own at Wimbledon after arriving at the club in 2017.

“With being here for four years, it has been a bit of a struggle for me to get into the team, and coming back after my loan at Sutton and not being given the chance. Having that opportunity now is just amazing for me and to be able to do it now for such an amazing club with amazing fans is special.

“Apart from the penalty I didn’t have a shot to save. We have become more solid and we have that relationship off the pitch with Will and Ben, but I think we go into every game just having that mindset that we are not conceding, so I think it’s massive to have that confidence in each other. Being able to keep a high line, which Robbo has emphasized loads, has helped. We are five unbeaten now, so hopefully we can continue it.”

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