Wednesday 14 December 2011
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."