Craig Gordon wins Best Save category in 20 seasons awards

Sunderland shot-stopper takes the gong for the Premier League's finest save after an incredible reflex save denied Bolton defender Zat Knight a goal in a match in 2010

Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has been handed the award for the 'Best Save' in the Premier League's 20 season awards.

The winner was decided by a poll of over 300,000 fans, who had a number of incredible saves to choose from. Ultimately the Black Cats' keeper pipped the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Jussi Jaaskelainen with 18% of the vote.

The save in question came in Sunderland's clash with Bolton in December 2010 with Zat Knight the unfortunate player denied by the former Hearts man's reflexes, amazingly tipping a point-blank effort over the crossbar

THE SAVE THAT WON THE VOTE
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With Sunderland unable to clear Martin Petrov's whipped corner, Zat Knight poked it goalwards only for Gordon to pull off an almost impossible save, reacting instantly to knock the ball over the bar in a moment of absolute quality.

The Scottish keeper, who has been on the sidelines for most of this campaign, admitted his delight and pride.

"This is a massive award and I would say it is definitely a highlight of my career to be voted as making the Best Save in Premier League history," said Gordon upon receiving the award.

"When you look through the nominations for Best Save there are some great goalkeepers and terrific saves in there so to come out on top is fantastic and it really is a top honour. I'd like to thank everybody who voted for me.

"At the time I didn't really know how I managed to keep the ball out and turn it over the bar. I managed to flick it upwards and get a bit of spin on it as well which somehow managed to get the ball over the bar.

"Saves like that don't happen very often but when they do come off it can look quite spectacular."