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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 December 2007, 17:33 GMT
Basso backed as Championship best
Adriano Basso
Basso has recently been voted the West's footballer of the year
Bradley Orr has hailed his Bristol City team-mate Adriano Basso as the best goalkeeper in the Championship.

The 32-year-old Brazilian stopper was in sparkling form against Ipswich, making a string of saves to preserve City's advantage in a 2-0 victory.

And defender Orr said: "There's no-one better outside the Premier League than Adriano and he's well up there with Premier League goalies as well.

"With a goalkeeper like him behind you you've got to be confident."

Fresh from being named BBC West Footballer of the Year, Basso pulled off a succession of stunning saves, none more so than when denying Alan Lee, Pablo Counago and Jonathan Walters with a triple save in the second half.

"That's what he's in the team for and he's doing his job. He does it very, very well," said manager Gary Johnson.

And Basso knows when he does his job well Bristol City will prosper, citing a win rate of 85% in games when he has shut out the opposition over the last year.

This term it is seven from 20 in the Championship, a figure that is better than leaders Watford and is only shaded by Wolves, Charlton and Plymouth among the promotion chasers.

"He loves getting cleansheets and if we let a goal in he always finds someone to blame and is always disappointed," added Johnson.

606: DEBATE

"But 2-0 is a super result and we've both had a very, very good week, especially him."

Revenge littered the lexicon of players and fans alike ahead of the match against Town after their 6-0 thumping at Portman Road in October, and Basso was no different.

The charismatic keeper felt responsible for the drubbing until his wife reminded him football was a game played by a team of 11, not one.

She must have heard that from the man himself as his philosophy on the game is a simple one.

For example: "The most important thing when you look at our team is there is no one player, we play together."

And here's another: "I cannot be a success without my mates and the way to be a success is to think the same thing, you cannot think different."

And one more: "Confidence depends on you, not the situation. If you are moved by the situation you can lose confidence. If you keep concentrating and do your job 100% your confidence will increase every game."

It was that concentration which helped Basso keep Ipswich at bay in a second half of largely one-way traffic at Ashton Gate as the visitors took their tally of shots on goal to 13, with nine on target.

And as he pulled off save after save that inate confidence only rose as well to the extent that Basso, who has not given up hope of representing Brazil, is targeting the top flight.

"I talk about automatic promotion and I have no reason to think different," he said. "The only thing we have to do is believe in ourselves."

Basso's calm rhetoric makes football sound such a simple game.



SEE ALSO
Bristol City 2-0 Ipswich
04 Dec 07 |  Championship
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03 Dec 07 |  Sports Personality


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