SCOTT Davies may have pulled off the save of his life at Stockport on Tuesday but the Fleetwood Town keeper admits he was surprised he pulled it off.
The Town No.1’s flying save in injury-time from Antonio German’s thunderbolt came at the most crucial of moments – it preserved Town’s lead just before Andy Mangan scored at the other end to seal a 4-2 success.
Now firmly established as the first-choice at Highbury, the 24-year-old from Thornton said of his wondersave: “Probably as good as I’ve ever made. You are always coached that it’s never in until it’s in, and you just have to throw yourself and hope for the best, which I did.
“I thought it had beaten me, to be honest, but I managed to get a finger to it and it went round the post.
“Then to go to the other end and score was a great relief.”
Davies was beaten twice for the fifth time in seven games, but he isn’t unduly concerned that the clean sheets have dried up since his four shutouts in the first five games of Town’s second Blue Square Bet premier campaign.
“At the start of the season, we didn’t let a goal in but we weren’t scoring. Now it’s the opposite, but when you are scoring goals you are always going to be more open.
But I’d rather be winning 3-2 every week and win the league. Much as I like to keep clean sheets, winning games is what’s important.”
Having said all that, the former Morecambe keeper admits Tuesday’s Edgeley Road clash was a little too open for his liking.
“I thought we controlled the first half well and they were lucky to get the goal when they did.
“In the second half, I thought we’d done enough to win at 3-1. But they were in front of their big crowd, who suck them in, so it was all hands to the pump but we showed our character to win.
“We have to embrace games at former League clubs. We have to remember where Stockport were three years ago (challenging at the top end of League One). The crowds will be bigger, and the lads dealt with the hostility very will and dug in for the win.”
Interview by DAVID MITCHELL