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Penalty Hero Boruc Happy With Shutout

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20:46 9th March 2013

Artur Boruc was happy to see his injury-time penalty save ensure Saints took a point from this afternoon's game at Norwich.

Boruc and his teammates dominated proceedings at Carrow Road but looked set for late heartbreak when Luke Shaw was harshly penalised for fouling Grant Holt just inside the box.

Holt stepped up to take the penalty himself, but was denied by a full-stretch save as the Polish international secured his first clean sheet in six games.

And, while there was some disappointment at not capping a dominant performance with a victory, Boruc was keen to reflect on the game with optimism.

"I'd rather look at it in a positive way – I'd rather have one point than none," he said.

"I'm happy with the point and with the clean sheet especially because we've missed that in the last couple of weeks.

"We're playing good football but unfortunately we have been losing. Hopefully we're going to go forward from this point and keep staying positive, so now we go onto the next game."

Boruc said he was unsure whether the decision to award Norwich that late spot-kick was the correct one, but instead chose to focus on the save.

And he also thanked Saints' Goalkeeping Coach, Toni Jiménez, for helping him research Holt's spot-kick technique. 

"To be honest, I haven't seen it on TV so it's hard to judge," he said of Mark Clattenburg's decision to award the penalty, "but what happened, happened. 

"It didn't look like a penalty from my point of view, but it was a good time to make a save finally. 

"When you're on the pitch you don't have too much time to think, but we'd done our homework – that's something our Goalkeeping Coach helps a lot with. 

"You're always pleased when you save a penalty especially when it keeps it at nil-nil. It was very important."

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