Martin O'Neill hailed goalkeeper Brad Guzan as a star of the future after the American helped Aston Villa to a 1-0 UEFA Cup victory over Slavia Prague.
The 24-year-old, making only his second appearance for Villa, pulled off a string of fine saves as the midlanders became the first visiting team to win at the Eden Stadion.
"I think he's a great goalkeeper in the making and I'm delighted he got his work permit, and I think he's following in a long line of great American goalkeepers," said O'Neill.
"I thought he was brilliant and all the things we felt we saw in him when he was in America, we're delighted they've come out."
Guzan showed impressive composure to put in a flawless second-half showing in front of Slavia's passionate fans - something that did not surprise his manager.
"I've never had any doubts about Brad Guzan from when he came over to us and didn't get his work permit the first time," O'Neill continued.
"I said to him 'not to worry, if you still want to come here we'll see this through and in six months' time we'll do it again'.
"He's got a fantastic temperament."
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