Neil Etheridge saves Cardiff City in his first Premier League clean sheet
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 20, 2018 10:19 AM
Neil Etheridge has saved two penalties in his first two matches in the English Premier League
Philippine Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge continues to impress in his first-ever English Premier League stint.
After making history in his EPL debut by becoming the first-ever Filipino and Southeast Asian to play in the highest level of English football, Etheridge recorded his first clean sheet and saving Cardiff City from their second straight loss, holding Newcastle United to a 0-0 draw, Saturday.
For the second straight match, Etheridge found himself needing to save a penalty, and for the second straight match, he came through for his club, this time around with what would turn out to be a game-saving penalty save in the sixth minute of injury time.
Etheridge's defensive effort would once again put him in the historybooks as just the second keeper to successfully save two penalty attempts in his first two Premier League matches.
More importantly, it's earned him a lot of praise in just his first two outings.
Neil Etheridge, Penalty Saving Hero, one of Premier League's best stories: Bounced round non-league football, slept on friend's couch while paying own way to train at Oldham, sold house, about to move to Philippines when given chance at Cardiff. Proof You should never Give Up 🙌 pic.twitter.com/BSMBI8FGgW— roger bennett (@rogbennett) August 18, 2018
2 - Neil Etheridge is only the second goalkeeper to save a penalty in both of his first two Premier League appearances, after Erik Thorstvedt for Tottenham in August 1992. Stopper. pic.twitter.com/1F6sZZRRHj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 18, 2018
Neil Etheridge has saved more Premier League penalties than Petr Cech over the last five years.— bet365 (@bet365) August 18, 2018
He's played two games. pic.twitter.com/UbA4oBuAuZ
First player from the Philippines to play in the Premier League— bet365 (@bet365) August 18, 2018
First player from the Philippines to save back-to-back Premier League penalties
First player from the Philippines to keep a Premier League clean sheet
Neil Etheridge 🙌 pic.twitter.com/OSmPvNnFdS
With the draw, Cardiff City is now on the board with their first point of the tournament.
Here's to hoping next time out, Neil and The Bluebirds can get their first three points.