As Maik Taylor went toe-to-toe with arguably the best goalkeeper in the world on Wednesday night, few would have believed that it was going to be Petr Cech who was the busier man at Windsor Park.
Birmingham City stopper Taylor had virtually nothing to deal with in the 90 minutes while Chelsea’s Cech helped to salvage a 0-0 draw for the visitors with a smart stop from Warren Feeney.
“I can’t really remember making a save to be honest,” Taylor admitted.
“He (Cech) has dealt well with a number of crosses in difficult circumstances and made a great save from Warren Feeney in what was our best chance of the night.
“The ball came to Chris Brunt and that was a good chance too, but the defenders were on top of him and he felt he needed to go with power.”
Taylor was especially delighted with point considering the loss of players like Kyle Lafferty and Steve Davis, and playing the second half without Sammy Clingan.
“It was a good point, they’re obviously a strong side and we’re probably a bit disappointed we didn’t come away with more than we did,” he added.
“They were much keener to see the final whistle than we were, so that tells its own story.
“It was a job well done and after the disappointment of the weekend we wanted to put on a show for the fans and get something from the game and we did that quite comfortably in the end.
“They are a quality side, ranked eighth in the world and came seconds from beating England at Wembley, so it’s a good point for us.”
The big goalkeeper believes that Nigel Worthington’s men are now firmly back on track in their qualification bid as they look ahead to
ties against Slovenia and San Marino next month.
“We’ve obviously disappointed with how things have gone in our first game, but we are still very positive and feel very strong after the result against the Czech Republic,” he vowed.
“I’ve not had a save to make in Slovakia and we’ve conceded two goals and lost the game so it was a bitter pill to swallow.
“We have to learn from that and move on. We look forward to the next two games coming up in October and if we’re anywhere near our best then they are two winnable games.”