Heroic Lukasz Fabianski hit the heights with hit the heights with another superlative performance against Palace.
In fact it’s becoming par for the course in a season of highs and lows but one thing that bears repeating is that without question he has been the signing of the season.
Yes Issa Diop has been a revelation at £22 million and for nothing, what we’ve seen of Samir Nasri has been pretty good too,
But Fab – for me has become the best keeper since the days of Ludo Miklosko – and in this day and age at £7 million an incredible buy.
Thise who know him explain that he’s as nice a bloke as he is a great keeper and that’s good to hear because modesty isn’t the most common currency in this game.
On Saturday he was again responsible for pulling out three or four world class saves as the Irons hung on grimly during the ultra tense second half.
And afterwards he told www.whufc.com: “I am very happy with the way things are going. I just want to continue in the 12 games until the end of the season.
“I just want to help the team as much as I can to have a good season and move forward for the Club, that is our target to improve ourselves.
“I want to use my experience to keep developing. I have to work hard and understand the game a lot more. I needed a bit of time. I am happy where I am at the moment and I hope I will continue to grow as well because there are plenty of years left in me.”
I just want to help the team as much as I can to have a good season and move forward for the Club
Of the Palace game specifically, he said: “The first half, we looked like a team in control of things that were happening on the pitch
“They came out really strong in the second half and could see they were creating more chances. Zaha was very influential in the game. In the end, with a bit of luck for them with the goal, they deserved the equaliser. It was a fair result.
“[The goal] was frustrating. You never want to let the goals in. It was a bit unlucky from our side, a bit of a deflection. You hope the luck will be with you, but they came out strong second half and it is a fair result. We have to respect the point.”
“The recent results and the performances before Liverpool… in December we had a really good run, we looked really solid then, after the Arsenal game, we looked a bit all over the place.
“I think it is more the mental side. If we are on it from the very first minute then we are really able to compete against almost anyone in this league, and we very solid and compact as a team.
We know that with this mental side, when you start compact and work hard for the team, then you are always able to get something from the games.
“That is one conclusion we have made from the performances that were not good. We realised what we have to do out there to get a result. If sometimes we are not playing pretty football, then we know with hard work and tactical awareness you are able to get points.”