Erwin's shutout delight

23rd September 2018
First team

Erwin Mulder toasted a fourth clean sheet of the campaign as the Swans and Middlesbrough couldn’t be separated at the Riverside Stadium.

A solid defensive display in Teeside ended the hosts’ perfect record on home soil this season as the Swans bounced back from the midweek defeat to Stoke City with a point

The Dutchman made two fine reflex saves to deny Jonny Howson and Britt Assombalonga in the first half, while a determined display from his team-mates ensured Boro were kept at bay.

And he was delighted to have picked up another clean sheet – and point – from the Swans’ trip to the Riverside Stadium.

“Every clean sheet is welcome. I am happy with the clean sheet and a point,” said Mulder.

“Boro is a tough place to go and everyone has to be focussed and committed and that’s what we did.

“As a keeper a clean sheet means so much, while the point will be very useful for us. Not many teams will go to Boro and pick up a good result.”

This was Mulder’s fourth shutout in eight league games as the Swans stopper makes the most of his opportunity between the sticks.

After being on the bench for the opening-day win at Sheffield United, he was called into action during the home win over Preston due to an injury sustained by Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

And the former Feyenoord and Heerenveen stopper is enjoying his run in the team.

“I didn’t play at all in my first year here, so it’s great to be a part of the team and contributing to the results,” said Mulder.

“I know what I can do to help the team, and with the players I have in front of me I think we can continue to do a good job.”