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Birmingham manager Lee Clark was delighted with goalkeeper Jack Butland after the 2-2 draw with Brighton at St Andrew's.

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Lee Clark: Hailed Jack Butland after the 2-2 draw with Brighton

Lee Clark: Hailed Jack Butland after the 2-2 draw with Brighton

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The England starlet made a phenomenal stop in the dying moments to secure a point for the hosts, who had benefitted from a howler from his counterpart Tomasz Kuszczak.

Steven Caldwell had headed Birmingham into an early lead but Brighton seemed set to take all three points through replies from Ashley Barnes and David Lopez - only for Kuszczak to gift Nikola Zigic a late leveller.

Clark said afterwards: "It was great for us but unfortunate for their goalkeeper.

"He played particularly well and then he made that mistake. Outfield players make many mistakes and don't get punished. But a keeper makes one and it usually ends up in the goal.

"That is why they have to be strong characters. Obviously my keeper makes a world-class save in injury time to keep it at 2-2. It was absolutely stunning from close range.

"It was brilliant but he was angry after the game about one or two things. He has supreme talent but I love his desire and drive.

"He is not basking in the glory of the save but looking at other aspects of the game and being disappointed in himself and that is why he is going to go all the way to the top."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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