Michel Vorm finds positives in first Premier League start for Spurs

Michel Vorm

The Tottenham goalkeeper was happy to keep his side's first clean sheet since January in the draw with Burnley.

If one Spurs player was likely to find positives after the North Londoner's 0-0 draw away to Burnley, it was goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who was speaking to the official Tottenham website after the game

It has been a long wait for the Dutchman for that first Premier League start, after arriving from Swansea last summer just after the World Cup in Brazil.

He has had to be patient while regular number one Hugo Lloris performed heroics between the sticks week after week, with the former Utrecht man's only minutes coming in cup and European competitions until Lloris's early departure against Leicester.

And though it wasn't the most entertaining of matches, to say the least, the scoreline was notable for Spurs and their supporters for one reason - it was the first time since January that they kept a clean sheet.

Unsurprisingly given his position, it was a detail that wasn't lost on the Dutch international.

“When you go to a place like Burnley you know they are fighting against relegation and teams have struggled against them,” Vorm said.

“They didn’t have that many big chances over the 90 minutes but they kept going and we knew that they would give everything.

“In the end it was 0-0 and not our best game, although you have to make sure you don’t lose.

“It could have been a good day after Saturday’s results so it’s a shame, but the ‘nil’ against their name was the most positive thing. We wanted more and that has to be the aim in future.”

Speaking about his unexpected spell deputising for regular Spurs skipper Lloris, Vorm emphasised that it was something the club's goalkeepers work on, paying particular credit to goalkeeping coach Toni Jimienez. 

“You always have to be ready,” he added. “I work very well with Hugo, Brad Friedel and Toni Jimenez – he always makes sure we’re ready because you never know what is going to happen.

“Now it’s my chance and I think I did okay. That’s what we train for every day.”

With it being touch and go as to whether the Frenchman will be back in time for Saturday's game with Aston Villa, Vorm may be set for his first home league start.

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