Sels makes history with Castrol Save of the Month award

12 Apr 2024

Goalkeeper becomes first Nottingham Forest player to win a Premier League monthly award

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Matz Sels has won March 2024's Castrol Save of the Month award for his stunning point-blank stop for Nottingham Forest against Liverpool

Sels showed incredible reactions to keep out Darwin Nunez's header that took a deflection off Forest defender Murillo less than six yards out from goal. It was in the third minute of stoppage time and kept the score at 0-0.

“I am quite proud," said Sels. "To be nominated was really good for me, but to win the trophy is amazing.

"Sadly we lost the game, otherwise this save would have been even more important, but at that moment it was an important save for the team.

"My ambition now is to [help the team] stay in the Premier League. That’s why I came here."

History for Nott'm Forest

The 32-year-old Belgian becomes the first Nott'm Forest player to win a Premier League monthly award.

The only other Forest winners were both managers. Stuart Pearce won the Barclays Manager of the Month award in January 1997, while Frank Clark won it in September 1994 and October 1995. 

Sels' save topped a shortlist of six of the best saves by goalkeepers across the month.

He wins the award after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of experts.

2023/24 Castrol Save winners

August: Alisson (Liverpool)
September: Robert Sanchez (Chelsea)
October: Alphonse Areola (West Ham)
November: Thomas Kaminski (Luton)
December: Wes Foderingham (Sheff Utd)
January: Jordan Pickford (Everton)
February: Mark Flekken (Brentford)
March: Matz Sels (Nott'm Forest)

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