Chants from the Leicester City crowd helped Aaron Ramsdale produce a man of the match display at King Power Stadium, the Arsenal goalkeeper said.
Ramsdale produced a backup contender of the season to prevent James Maddison’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time, then stopped the Jonny Evans follow-up, while also producing smart saves from Kelechi Iheanancho, Ademola Lookman and Harvey Barnes on his way to a clean sheet.
Signing £ 30million from Sheffield United this summer, Ramsdale was taunted by City supporters throughout the game, who said he would never play for England and was just poor Jordan Pickford.
In a now viral moment, Ramsdale has joined City fans in the chant that traditionally accompanies goal kicks.
The 23-year-old has said he missed the interaction with the crowd as matches were played behind closed doors during the height of the coronavirus, and believes that knowing he would be ridiculed by supporters is he conceded led him to produce better performance.
Joining the vocals, he told talkSPORT, “I just thought I would take it! I missed it during Covid.
“I think it makes me play better, it makes me prove a point, it helps me prove someone wrong.
“It increases my level of concentration. If I give them a little and make a mistake, I know I’m going to get slaughtered. I can’t let anything in if I give them a little joke.
Maddison’s free-kick save has rightly received praise, especially from Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel, who said it was the best save he had seen in years.
With Schmeichel Kasper’s son on the other end of the game, Ramsdale was blown away by the comments.
“It’s like someone has hacked their Twitter! It’s crazy and quite difficult to explain, ”he said.
“With Kasper being on the other end and Peter tweeting this, it was a special moment for me to see this when I walked into the locker room.”