Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg out to repay Ronald Koeman’s faith

After a turbulent few seasons, the Dutchman credits stability with his impact at Goodison Park, including those two penalty saves against Manchester City

Ronald Koeman described it as the game of Maarten Stekelenburg’s life but the occasion passed without ceremony at Everton. “Phil [Jagielka] said thank you but I am still waiting for dinner,” the Holland goalkeeper says, though he will not pursue an invitation. Repaying his manager’s faith is sufficient reward.

Two penalty saves from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero – both conceded by Jagielka – plus outstanding stops in open play from the Manchester City pair earned Everton a point and Stekelenburg the plaudits at the Etihad Stadium last weekend. It was only the eighth time a goalkeeper has saved two spot-kicks in a Premier League game and a first in Stekelenburg’s career, schooldays included, but he rates the final fingertip save from De Bruyne’s swerving drive as the highlight.

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