March 4, 2013
Rob Green’s save from Maya Yoshida’s header.
This is as much about circumstance as it is the save itself. Sure, Green’s strong-wristed denial of Yoshida was spectacular enough, but it also marked a good moment in a career which has for too long been associated unfairly with calamity.
Green is a good goalkeeper who has been characterised as a poor one because of a single moment. His confidence has never quite been the same since that moment in Rustenburg, and that’s manifested itself in his performances ever since. It’s the life of a goalkeeper, unfortunately.
This, however, was the polar opposite, and you could see from the broad grin on his face at the end of the game how much it meant.
Coming into a game as a substitute is hard enough, but doing so as a goalkeeper is even harder. Green didn’t have the same warm-up as he would have done if he was scheduled to start, nor would he have gone through the same mental preparation – it’s just different.
Factor all that in, mix it with QPR’s situation in the Premier League, and this was a pivotal save which preserved a win that Green’s team desperately, desperately needed. You suspect that he, personally, desperately needed it also.
A timely break for someone who we can all agree was due one.