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Unbeatable Vorm earns Rodgers praise

SoccerNews in UEFA Europa League 10 Dec 2011

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Brendan Rodgers has hailed Michel Vorm after the goalkeeper’s display in Swansea’s 2-0 victory over Fulham.

Vorm was largely untroubled for the first hour of the English Premier League encounter, but was forced into a string of fine saves once the hosts edged in front through Scott Sinclair’s deflected shot.

The Dutchman kept out Clint Dempsey’s spot kick from the penalty spot on 87 minutes, and also thwarted Andy Johnson, Bryan Ruiz and Dempsey again as the visitors searched for an equaliser.

Rodgers was thrilled with the performance of the former Utrecht custodian, who joined Swansea in August for a fee in the region of 1.5 million pounds.

Rodgers was also quick to laud the unity of his side as it battled to an important win.

“He is a real bargain for us,” the Rodgers told Sky Sports. “He has been fantastic, he doesn’t get called upon an awful lot but when he is, he contributes.”

“People will tell you that a good goalkeeper will get you up to 10-plus points and everyone knows we have a top keeper. The speed with which he got there to make the safe was exceptional and he deserves the acclaim, it was very important for us.”

“He is a good guy, very professional. His family have settled well in Swansea and he is enjoying life in this fantastic league.”

Rodgers also had high praise for Sinclair, whose strike put the hosts in front early in the second half.

“He was a real handful, combining well with people to get in the box and he earned his goal and deserved it,” Rodgers said.

“It was just about what we deserved, after the way we had passed and probed away.”

It was a frustrating day for Martin Jol’s side, as they tried and failed to find a way past the exceptional Swansea goalkeeper.

Bobby Zamora was absent from the squad, but Jol was quick to play down rumours of a rift between the two, insisting he was rested over injury concerns.

“I made the decision on Thursday to play Andrew Johnson because he works hard in training,” said Jol.

“I need all my players. We have another important game (against Odense) on Wednesday and Bryan Ruiz can’t play in Europe, we have a few little injuries so I need all my players.”

“I don’t have any problem with any player. The only thing I want is for them to give 100 percent to the club and then there is no problem.”

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