Watford's Gomes sets new Premier League record with penalty heroics

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The Watford goalkeeper was on hand to twice deny Saido Berahino from the spot as the Hornets edged to a 1-0 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Watford's Heurelho Gomes has become the first Premier League goalkeeper to save two penalties in two separate games.

The 35-year-old twice denied Saido Berahino from the spot following Ben Watson's first-half opener, handing the Hornets a 1-0 victory.

It follows on from when the Brazilian stopped two penalties from Darren Bent in Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Sunderland in April 2010, much to the delight of himself and his current manager.

Quique Sanchez Flores heaped praise on his keeper after the win, which sees Watford leapfrog their opponents in the Premier League table, leaving them sitting comfortably in 12th with 41 points and on the brink of enjoying a second consecutive season in the top flight.

According to TalkSport, Flores told his post-match press conference: “We are happy we didn’t concede a lot of chances, just the two penalties, and when he had to Heurelho made the saves. He is important for us.

And the Spaniard admits Gomes deserves credit for their first league win on the road since February, adding that he was unhappy to see his side concede two penalties.

“I think a clean sheet is always important for the team. I’m not sure exactly how we conceded two penalties but he (Gomes) had to save them, this is normal.

“We are really happy for the performance of Heurelho because he is one of the main players for us this season.”

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