Post by Everton News. on Sept 30, 2022 14:41:01 GMT
Jordan Pickford has won the Premier League's Castrol Save of the Month award for his acrobatic stop to keep out Darwin Núñez in the 241st Merseyside derby.
A panel of experts deemed England's number one the best from a shortlist of six eye-catching saves throughout September.
Pickford, who this week returned to full training after sustaining a thigh injury in that clash with Liverpool, believes the stop came at a crucial time for the Blues.
"It's good, I'm happy to win the award," he said. "I was happy to be playing a part in a big fixture for Everton.
"Making saves is what goalkeepers are there to do and to win an award is always nice. For me, personally, it's a nice one to have.
"The save itself was from a shot after a through ball from Liverpool and I was out of position. I've had to adjust quite a lot to make that save and to tip it on to the crossbar was good but I think my movement before that, from a goalkeeper's perspective, to readjust and get back into position was the key to being able to make the save.
"It was just before half-time, so it was a big moment in the game because you don't want to be going in at half-time 1-0 down."
When asked about his immediate feelings after making the save, Pickford added: "It's always good. It kept our momentum in the game at a crucial moment.
"I don't mind what game it comes in - I'm there to keep making saves regardless, but we know how much it means to the city, to Evertonians, so making one like that in a Merseyside derby is always going to be big."