Pavel Srnicek amongst top all-time trio for Premier League penalty saves
Pavel Srnicek made a big impression on Newcastle fans in his time at St James Park.
He was actually signed by Jim Smith for £350,000 from Banik Ostrava back in January 1991.
Smith left only two months after the keeper’s arrival and it was under Ossie Ardiles that the Czech goalkeeper became number one.
However, it was under Kevin Keegan that Pavel Srnicek had his best days at Newcastle United, including of course that 5-0 win over Manchester United.
The official Premier League site have published stats today, showing who have been the all-time best goalkeepers in the PL era, when it comes to saving penalties.
Newcastle United have one goalkeeper in each of the two lists, the first being Pavel Srnicek when it comes to the highest percentage of penalties saved, then Shay Given when it comes to the highest number of penalties saved:
As you can see, an excellent record for Pavel Srnicek in finishing third in this list, saving five of 12 Premier League penalties faced, at a ratio of over 41% saved.
As you can see, Shay Given comes fifth in the all-time penalty saves list with 10 saved. A bit of a surprise really because although he was a brilliant keeper and easily the best that most Newcastle fans have seen, for some reason he didn’t really save that many.
In this list above he faced more penalties (66) than anybody else for his 10 saves.
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