Friedel's pride at clean sheet success

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Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has expressed his delight at keeping 14 clean sheets this season, a feat that hasn't been bettered since the 1986-87 campaign.

Ray Clemence was the last man to surpass Friedel's record, as he produced 19 clean sheets in a season that saw Spurs finish third in the old First Division, whilst their cup exploits saw them lose in the final of the FA Cup and in the semi-finals of the League Cup respectively.

The American, who was an ever-present for Spurs this season, rounded off his success with another shut-out on the final day of the Premier League campaign, as Harry Redknapp's men beat Fulham 2-0 at White Hart Lane to secure a top four finish.

However, Friedel has been quick to praise his teammates efforts, acknowledging that this achievement is one to be celebrated by the whole team. Speaking to Spurs' official website, he said: "A good defensive record is always the base for a successful team. Clean sheets are a cumulative effort, it's not just the work of one person."

Friedel, whose consecutive starts in the Premier League currently stands at 304 games, added: "In some games, like Blackburn, I kept a clean sheet without having to touch the ball.


"As a goalkeeper, obviously you always go out and try not to concede goals so if you keep a clean sheet, you feel like you've done your job. But I would much rather win the game 2-1 and get the three points than draw 0-0 and just get one.


"Every goalkeeper is pleased when they record a clean sheet. I had no idea that 14 was the best at the club for 25 years but what I will say is that I hope we can better it next season."

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