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Bull hailed for 'Gordon Banks' style save

NIKKI Bull's stunning second-half save against Rotherham has been compared to legendary Gordon Banks' World Cup stop against Pele.

Nikki Bull

NIKKI Bull's stunning second-half save against Rotherham has been compared to legendary Gordon Banks' World Cup stop against Pele.

The Blues stopper showed excellent agility and skill to tip a Ryan Taylor header onto the crossbar as the United striker looked certain to score.

It was a save that helped Wycombe beat the Millers 1-0 and move seven points clear of the play-offs and three points from league leaders Chesterfield.

And Wycombe boss Gary Waddock likened the stop to ex-England goalkeeper Banks' stop against Pele in 1970 while skipper Gareth Ainsworth said his team-mates would have to start calling him Nikki Banks.

Waddock said: "Apart from Nikki Bull's Gordon Banks save I thought we defended well. It was an outstanding save.

"Nikki told me he thought it was the best save he has ever made. I have seen him make a number of outstanding saves in his career going back to our QPR days but I have to agree with him."

Gordon Banks

Bull, 29, has been outstanding for Wycombe this season after ending an injury-plagued spell at Brentford to join Wanderers in the summer.

The fans' favourite was quick to pay tribute to Blues goalkeeping coach Martin Brennan for his consistent form and said the serious shoulder injury he suffered last season has inspired him this year.

He said: "I can't remember much about the save other than the lad got a head to it and I just dived to my left and managed to get a hand onto it.

"It was up there with one my best. It was not like we were three or four up at the time and we were under pressure. If that goes in we could have ended up with no points because the momentum would have been with them.

"It is hours on the training ground and I came back this season the fittest I have ever been.

"The sessions that Martin Brennan puts on are fantastic and he deserves a lot of credit. I have never been as focused as I have been this year.

"I hated going to a game every Saturday with my arm in a sling and it was hard because I was used to playing and you take football for granted.

"Maybe I didn't apply myself as well as I should because I had never had disappointment but last year hurt and I wanted to right a few wrongs this season."

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