John Ruddy earns dramatic comparison from QPR boss as goalkeepers steal the show in Birmingham City draw

Gareth Ainsworth offered a rather dramatic verdict on goalkeeper John Ruddy after Birmingham City 0-0 QPR at St Andrew’s Stadium.

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Queens Park Rangers manager Gareth Ainsworth hailed both goalkeepers after the 0-0 draw between his side and Birmingham City at St Andrew’s Stadium on Friday night.

Despite being goalless, it was a very entertaining encounter - especially for neutrals watching on television - with some top saves made at each end to deny plenty of shots on target.

Asmir Begovic made three or four top stops to deny the likes of Jay Stansfield, Scott Hogan and Krystian Bielik, whereas John Ruddy showed some mega reflexes to claw the ball off the line twice.

The visiting head coach was full of praise for his man between the sticks, while Blues goalkeeper Ruddy earned a dramatic comparison to a late, great England legend.

“It was definitely one for the defenders tonight and there were two magnificent saves from Asmir. The one where he’s come out and smothered it is world-class,” Ainsworth said post-match.

“John Ruddy at the other end, what a save! Gordon Banks-esque if I might say. He’s put it up in the air and away from people,” Ainsworth continued, visibly delighted with the final result.

Birmingham boss John Eustace then heard about Ainsworth’s comparison to 73-time England international Banks. “I think that’s why John’s won the player of the year last year.

“He’s a very experienced goalkeeper. He’s disappointed with a couple he’s conceded but tonight he’s shown his class and that’s what top goalkeepers are all about,” Eustace continued.

With four saves and clean sheets apiece, it was clear to see why Ruddy and Begovic got the plaudits on the night.