Danny Mills has suggested that Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland put in a “special” performance against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final in midweek.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international claimed that the Norwegian had been a crucial factor in his side reaching securing a spot at Wembley against Manchester City.
The Villans struck late on to oust the Foxes on Tuesday evening, with Trezeguet scoring the vital goal in the dying moments.
But Mills was more impressed with Nyland, who put in an eye-catching display with a number of high class saves.
“Sometimes, if you’re going to get into a final, you need to play well, you need a little bit of luck, and you need some special performances from your players – and I think that’s what has happened,” he told Football Insider.
“Sometimes, when a goalkeeper is really busy he almost seems unbeatable. Goalkeepers maybe only have four or five saves to make in a game, but it’s those crucial moments – that’s about concentration, about being in the right place at the right time.
“You look at the likes of Alisson who is exceptional at doing that. You see it in training from time to time, it’s shot after shot after shot, the adrenaline is up and they’re on fire.
“They just seem to save everything that comes their way, and that was one of those occasions.”
Nyland has struggled for game time in the midlands this season, with the 29-year-old making just three Premier League appearances and conceding eight goals.
He has faired much better in the cup competitions, however, conceding just four in four matches.
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