Hughes: Friedel one of the best

19 April 2008
Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes heaped praise on goalkeeper Brad Friedel after the American won his side a point with a string of fine saves in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Ewood Park. Roque Santa Cruz had given the hosts the lead after 21 minutes before Carlos Tevez netted with three minutes left.But Friedel had already produced a string of fine saves to deny Sir Alex Ferguson's title-chasing side.

And Hughes was impressed: "He hadn't had an awful lot to do to be honest, it was only at the end of the game when he was called upon on a couple of occasions," said Hughes.

"And that is why he has consistently one of the best keepers in the Premier League for a long, long time now.

"He has great concentration levels and when he has to produce he does and he has frustrated a lot of teams over the years including Man United on a few occasions."