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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 April, 2003, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Schmeichel leads Seaman praise
Arsenal keeper David Seaman pulls off the fabulous save
Seaman's match-winning save

Goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel believes David Seaman's save against Sheffield United was the best he had ever seen.

Seaman produced a sensational one-handed stop from Paul Peschisolido's close-range header to defend Arsenal's 1-0 lead and send the Gunners through to the FA Cup final.

Manchester City's Schmeichel, who earlier on Sunday confirmed he will retire at the end of this season, was full of praise for the 39-year-old England number one.

Seaman has endured heavy criticism this season but, in the 1000th game of his senior career, he pulled off one of the best saves of his career.

"I think it's the best save I've ever seen," the Dane said on the BBC's Match of The Day programme.

"So very often you get a touch on the ball and it ends up in the net anyway.

"It was just unbelievable. He was off balance, had to come back and get a touch to it.

"He must have shovels on his hands. It was incredible.

"I'm so happy for him. He's come back from injury and been criticised a bit - most of all for his age.

What I can't believe is not only did he get to it but got enough on it to clear it. His reactions were sensational
Alan Hansen
BBC Sport football pundit

"He was playing game number 1000 and he crowns it with a save like that. He will remember this day for the rest of his life."

Seaman admitted he thought the ball was heading across the line.

"To be truthful I thought it was in," he said. "I just flung my hand out and managed to get something on and behind it to stop it travelling any further over the line.

"I was pleased with that one. Not bad for 39 is it?"

BBC presenter Gary Lineker called it "one of the all-time saves, up there maybe with Gordon Banks".

Pundit Alan Hansen joined the praise by saying: "He will never have made a better save in his life.

"What a time to do it. The FA Cup semi-finals on his 1,000th appearance. It was unbelievable. How he got to it I'll never know.

"It was an astonishing save it really was, at a time when Sheffield United were right on top.

"What I can't believe is not only did he get to it but got enough on it to clear it. His reactions were sensational."


Schmeichel announces retirement
13 Apr 03  |  Man City

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