Heurelho Gomes admits playing mind games on Saido Berahino before saving two penalties

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The Watford goalkeeper denied the West Brom striker from the spot not once but twice on Saturday.

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has suggested that he emerged victorious over Saido Berahino on two occasions from the penalty spot because he was more prepared than the striker, and thanks to one or two mind games, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Gomes kept out two efforts from 12 yards from Berahino in the second half to single-handedly preserve the 1-0 lead given to the Hornets by Ben Watson's first-half strike at the Hawthorns on Saturday, with the second stop coming just three minutes from time.

That saw the 35-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur stopper become the first goalkeeper in Premier League history to save two penalties in a match on two separate occasions, having first achieved the feat for Spurs against Sunderland in 2010.

Gomes has built a reputation as something of a penalty-saving expert, and he suggested after the match that his experience against the young striker was crucial to him coming out on top.

The Brazilian said, as quoted by the Daily Mail: "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."

Gomes also revealed what his opposite number, Ben Foster, said to him after his superb display, saying: "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."

The Watford stopper's heroics lifted his side back up to 12th and past the 40-point mark in their first season back in the top flight, and condemned Albion to a third defeat in four winless games as they slump once more after a brief resurgence.

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