An ever-modest Carl Ikeme says he is not one to blow his own trumpet after a goalkeeping masterclass helped Wolves to three points at Blackpool last night.
The unflappable keeper climbed off his sickbed to make a string of fine saves as Wolves withstood strong and sustained Seasiders’ pressure to make it three wins out of four thanks to the 2-1 victory.
At the other end of the pitch it was Ikeme’s good mate Sylvan Ebanks-Blake who also offered fresh impetus for the remainder of the season by grabbing a brace to take his season’s tally to nine.
“It was a typical December night, the pitch wasn’t great and it was a battle from the kick off really but the lads dug deep and Sylvan proved he’s deadly in front of goal,” said Ikeme.
“I was happy and I want to be that busy every week – I was happy with my performance and hopefully I can take it into the next game.
“I don’t think about me, I just think about trying to prove myself – I don’t want to start blowing my own trumpet, I just work with Pat (Mountain) every day trying to improve.
“I was delighted with my performance, especially as I was ‘touch and go’ before the game – I didn’t train on Thursday and I was ill in bed.
“I felt like I had flu symptoms and I was achy.
“So I was happy I rested up on Thursday and happy I made the game really.
“And I felt quite calm – I’ve felt calm all season.”
Ikeme admitted it was difficult to make a judgement on which was his best save, although leaned towards the one-on-one block from Thomas Ince in the first half, ahead of three quickfire stops early in the second.
“I think the one in the first half was the most crucial because if they had made it 1-1 at that point then it would have made it a tougher game,” said Ikeme.
“The one from Ince in the second half I think I made it look harder than it actually was!
“The first one in the first half was late on in the half and we’d been under pressure so if we’d have gone in at 1-1, it would have made it a tougher game.
“I was devastated not to keep a clean sheet – I blocked the initial shot then their guy hit the rebound in.
“I was more concerned about the clock – I kept looking up at the time and thought ‘there are still two minutes left!’”
Ikeme was full of praise not only for Ebanks-Blake but also David Davis, who restored Wolves’ grip of the game when coming off in midfield.
“We held out and with Sylvan on the pitch, we’ve always got the chance of a goal,” he added.
“He was brilliant – he really showed what he’s about when he plays off the defender’s shoulder like that.
“I think David Davis coming on was the difference – he was brilliant; he had fresh legs and he really changed the game.
“He got the ball down and started to pass it better and then we got the penalty and Sylvan stuck it away.
“Goalscorers change games and that’s why they get all the headlines, but it’s nice for me to get the plaudits for once!”