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Wednesday 14 December 2011

Vaughan salutes Westwood's form

Sunderland midfielder says goalkeeper has taken chance to shine

Westwood (behind net) has been ever-present for Sunderland since November

Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan has praised Keiren Westwood's temperament since becoming first-choice goalkeeper at the Stadium of Light.

Westwood took over when Simon Mignolet suffered a facial injury in the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa on October 29th.

The former Carlisle and Coventry keeper has started every match since, beginning with the daunting trip to Manchester United where he put in a creditable display as the Black Cats succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat.

Midfielder Vaughan, who scored Sunderland's equaliser as they came from behind to beat Blackburn at home on Sunday, said he was delighted by Westwood's form.

"Keiren has been brilliant - he's come in and really shown what he's all about," he said.

"He is a commanding goalkeeper and has taken his chance really well.

"There's been some real moments of magic, some great saves, and to come in at Old Trafford for a full debut can't have been easy.

"But Keiren has handled everything really well.

"Like me, he has had to wait for his chance but his patience has paid off."

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Key Points

  • Westwood first choice after injury to Simon Mignolet
  • Has started past five Barclays Premier League matches
  • Helped Sunderland end winless streak against Blackburn on Sunday