Andy Lonergan named young Fulham keeper Jesse Joronen as one of the inspirations for his late saves against Derby.
The former Preston stopper raced out to deny Johnny Russell when the Rams frontman was clean through on goal before tipping Cyrus Christie’s effort over the bar.
And the 32-year-old paid tribute to the young Finn for his ability in racing off his line when a striker is clean through.
“I worked on it when I was younger. I went away from it for a bit. With Martin Brennan. I give credit to Jesse Joronen and I’ve learnt from him,” Lonergan said.
“I was thinking I’ve not had much to do here and the windy conditions weren’t great for a goalkeeper, I felt I needed to do something. I’m pleased I contributed to a point because you can come off and it’s 1-1 and it’s not a waste of a game.”
Lonergan hated playing in the wind and would prefer playing in torrential rain as it is so unpredictable.
“It’s part of the job and it was so hard playing in the wind. It was blowing away from me. We’ve played well against two of the best teams in the league so it’s a step in the right direction for us,” he explained. Not just for me. I was saying to Tom Cairney that we’d rather it absolutely bucket it down like against Ipswich at home.”
“The weather is so unpredictable – there are balls that you think are yours and then you end up not getting there and there are balls that are never yours but, a split second later, they’re on top of you.”