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Stoke City's Wilkinson hails Thomas Sorensen's skills

Thomas Sorensen
Sorensen is expected to be Denmark's number one at the World Cup

Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson has described team-mate Thomas Sorensen as one of the best goalkeepers in the world at saving penalties.

Sorensen's stop from Hugo Rodallega, his fifth penalty save from the last six he has faced, gave the Potters a point against Wigan on Saturday.

Wilkinson told BBC Radio Stoke: "With his penalty saves, I don't think there's anyone better in the world.

"I don't know if he watches videos, but he's got a technique and it's working."

Sorensen, 33, has kept out spot-kicks from Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng and Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas in Stoke's last four matches.

But the Denmark international was embarrassed earlier in the match, when he was lobbed from over the half-way line by Wigan full-back Maynor Figueroa.

"It's never great to be beaten from that distance, but you have to credit his awareness," Sorensen told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I always want to take a positive starting position, looking for the ball over the top. He saw the opportunity, and I'd rather give him credit than be sad myself."

Stoke, currently 11th in the Premier League, take on Sorensen's former club Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

"I had a fantastic time there and it's a great stadium to play in, so I'll be looking forward to it, but we need all 11 players to be looking forward to it."



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