Baggies clash brings the battle of the ‘clean-sheet keepers’
BEN Foster is relishing his reunion with Fraser Forster with justified pride tomorrow and hoping to close the gap on his fellow World Cup keeper.
The Barclays Premier League clash between Albion and Southampton brings together the two most successful stoppers in the top flight.
Forster boasts a dozen clean sheets and while Foster can claim ten leaving the two men who under-studied Joe Hart in Brazil last summer keyed up for their Hawthorns reunion.
Says Albion favourite Ben: “It’s going to be great to see Fraser on Saturday.
“He has done amazingly well since joining Southampton, but their whole team has done amazing to be honest with you.
“I am so happy for him because he is a real top bloke, a star of a guy.
“It is no surprise that he has done well because he is a class ‘keeper.
“I am buzzing for him because he deserves it, he works hard and he is a top lad so those are the types of guys you want to do well in football.
“I only really get to see him when we are away with England.
“Goalkeepers always do their own things anyway, we are always out on the training pitch early and then go into the gym together before and after training.
“But obviously I am hoping that on Saturday night he will still be on 12 and I will have moved on to 11 clean sheets - that would be nice.
“I am really proud of my record and he will be really proud of his record this season and I hope that we can both add to that, but I would like to move one closer to him come Saturday night.”
Foster doffs his cap to a Saints campaign which has been one of the best stories of this Premier League campaign.
Despite some well-publicised and high profile sales during the summer, the Saints have kept in touch with the top four all season and are still in the thick of the battle for a Champions League place.
They will run into a Baggies team showing a record of just one defeat in the 10 games since Tony Pulis arrived.
It is a collision, says Foster, which reflects great credit to both clubs.
“You think of some of the money that has been poured into football this season.
“Some of the money that these teams have spent, to have two teams like Southampton and West Brom at the top of the clean sheets it’s a fantastic achievement for us.”