Date: 18th April 2016 at 9:15am
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Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had more reasons than most to reflect fondly back on the West Bromwich Albion game at the weekend, especially as he set a new Premier League record in the process.

With Watford taking victory at The Hawthorns through Ben Watson’s first half goal, Gomes himself took plenty of headlines from the game for a double penalty save to secure the clean sheet.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press interviews, Gomes explained about the day.

‘I did it for Spurs as well, saved two penalties in the same game, but we didn’t win that game. This one was different because we won the game and the feelings are amazing. The boys fully deserve it because they worked so hard, Ben Watson was on fire in the first-half and gave us energy in the middle of the pitch and I believe we deserved it. It’s one more great afternoon for us.’

With most of the questions about the two second half spot kicks, he went on to say that facing two in a game is rare really, but as ever you have to be prepared for them and that’s why they have their own spot in training and homework ahead of matches.

‘You need to be prepared for these kind of things. It’s more about concentration and how you are in the game. I was really prepared to help the boys, and I believe we deserved to come out with the three points today.’

With the travelling contingent more than making their voice heard across the game, and with the two saves, Gomes added that with us knowing it would be a tough game given Albion’s defensive strength, he was just delighted to more than play his part in sending them home happy.

‘It was a great time. First of all I want to praise God for this moment, it was a great feeling in the end. When you see a smile on the people’s faces, that’s the most important thing for me. It was a great feeling and a great boost for us as well to finish the season strong. We know that we have a few games coming up as well and we need to finish as strong as we can. We’ve got a tough week and we started well. Like Troy Deeney said before the game started, we want to finish this week unbeaten, and it’s very important for us to get a result like we did today. We knew before the game it’s a tough place to come, and there’s not many teams that come here and win the game like we did.’

The stopper also joked about his little pre penalty chats with Saido Berahino and revealed at full time he also won the adulation of the opposition keeper, Ben Foster.

‘The first one I said ‘It`s your responsibility, not mine’. In the second one I just said ‘You again?’ He`s a great player, a great player, you know but I believe I was more prepared than him. I waited for him to decide on the second and you never expect a player to come and to do it again. Ben Foster called me a ‘ledge’ after. He is a great man, I like him as a goalkeeper and also as a person. He`s a brilliant person.’

Gomes was also asked about Quique Sanchez Flores potentially rotating between the sticks for the trip to Wembley with Costel Pantilimon playing the last three FA Cup games, and he wasn’t overly concerned.

‘I’m always prepared to play, but I’m not going to be disappointed as well if the manager chooses for Panti. But of course, I’m prepared to play, as always. Yeah, I did as well. My first game, I did as well. He has two more games than me. Of course it’s up to the head coach to decide it.’

The double penalty save makes Gomes the first goalkeeper since the inception of the Premier League to have made two penalty saves in two different games.

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