Monday 07 October 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
It was the end of an era as Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel made way for Hugo Lloris for the match against Aston Villa.
Friedel's astonishing record of playing in consecutive Barclays Premier League matches began in 2004, when he started for Blackburn Rovers in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
For eight years and 310 League matches, Friedel was not dropped nor injured playing for three clubs (Blackburn, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur) and under six managers (Graeme Souness, Mark Hughes, Martin O’Neill, Gerard Houllier, Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas).
His place at Spurs came under pressure with the signing of Hugo Lloris during the summer and after a couple of appearances in the UEFA Europa League, the France goalkeeper finally made his League bow in the match against Villa that ended in a 2-0 victory.
"Nothing tipped the balance [in favour of Lloris], we understand that Brad has been immense," said Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas. "We wanted to give a continuous run of games for Lloris bearing in mind the Panathinaikos match and two France games coming up, so it keeps his form high and allows us to count on two great keepers. So we are fortunate that we can do this rotation.
"Obviously Brad was disappointed but as a great professional he ended up accepting the decision. We respect his performances and I'm sure he will be back in the team as soon as possible."
Friedel played five more League matches last season as Lloris made the No 1 jersey his own and the American has featured twice so far this campaign, in the Europa League and the Capital One Cup.