Date: 3rd January 2017 at 9:45am
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Goalkeeper David Stockdale has been speaking about his delight at saving a penalty on his return to Craven Cottage in the game against Fulham yesterday.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference, Stockdale was obviously delighted to have played his part in helping us to come back from a goal behind the game to pick up another valuable three Championship points this season as we took the two one victory and he also had praise for goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts as plenty of research had gone into penalty situations and in that game it paid off.

‘We do our homework for each game and a big shout-out goes to Ben Roberts. He spends a lot of time with the analysis videos, sends them to us and he gets angry when we don`t download them in time! We watch people`s penalties and it`s nice to save one. For me to come back here, and make a penalty save in a game we go on to win makes it even better.’

With a little handshake between himself and Stefan Johansen, Stockdale went on to add.

‘I gave him a little handshake afterwards. He did his job by putting it on target, but had he scored I might not have done the same thing! It`s sportsmanship and you don`t want people`s livelihoods to be affected, but I`m looking after number one and our team. We need to carry on and go from here.’

Moving onto the overall performance and not just the penalty spot, the goalkeeper also had plenty of praise for centre half duo Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy for their performance on the day.

‘They were fabulous, outstanding and brilliant, which word do you want me to use? It`s hard because Connor Goldson was in last season, as was Uwe Huenemeier. We`ve got four centre-backs that could get into this team. It`s hard for Connor and Uwe, but from what they (Dunk and Duffy) were doing in the game, I would put them in a Premier League side. To have them in front of you, and knowing they`ve got your back when you`re coming out for a shot, it’s a grounding to work off for the whole team.’

The hope is of course come 2017/18 they will be Premier League players but for us.

With the match also being another comeback from a goal behind, Stockdale ended by praising the spirit and determination in the group as we keep picking up points even when we’re not at our best, and that’s a trick you need for a successful season.

‘The big thing for me was the character again. To not play well by our own standards against a good side like Fulham is a big thing going forward for us. If we can win at a place like Fulham and be nowhere near our best shows character. We`ll be back on that training pitch trying to put those wrongs right and you can only learn from your mistakes.’

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