Modest Gilks plays down wonder save

Matt Gilks at the end of the game in Middlesbrough
Matt Gilks at the end of the game in Middlesbrough
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MODEST Matt Gilks shrugged off the wonder save which was compared to Gordon Banks’ stop from Pele, saying: “I made a better one against Ipswich”.

The Seasiders keeper earned praise from both managers after playing a key role in helping the Seasiders to a 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough.

Gilks made five fine saves, the best of which was a stunning one-handed stop from Scott McDonald’s close-range header.

“It reminded me of Gordon Banks,” said Pool boss Ian Holloway, referring to the legendary England keeper’s famous save at the 1970 World Cup.


But Gilks, as always, was quick to play down his heroics.

“It was just an instinct save,” he said. “I was just watching the flight of the ball, backing off and giving myself time to react.

“Fortunately it wasn’t too far away, so I was able to turn it away.

“That is what I am there to do. I keep saying it every week – I’m just part of a team.

I can’t score, so I try my best to stop them going in the other end.

“I am there to do my bit and fortunately things went for me on the day.”

Pushed on the quality of the stop, the 29-year-old added: “I’m not like a striker – I don’t really rank my best saves.

“The one I made at home against Ipswich a few years ago was possibly better. It was a volley that was going in the bottom corner, and I managed to get down and tip it round the post. That’s what I am there to do. That’s what I train to do and hopefully it comes off. Fortunately at Middlesbrough it did.”

Like his manager and his team-mates, Gilks felt the result at the Riverside was a point gained rather than two lost. “We knew it was a difficult place to come and Middlesbrough certainly didn’t disappoint in their style of play,” he added.

“They were at us from first minute to last but we showed from tremendous character to twice come back from a goal down.

“We probably could have nicked it at the end, though I think they’d have been disappointed with that. But overall we were very pleased with our performance.”