Amos: "That’s what I expect of myself, I'm hoping for more clean sheets"

Ben Amos was in outstanding form to keep Sunderland at bay in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at The Valley.

A string of sensational first half saves performance earned him a place in both the Football League Paper and the InStat League One Team of the Week, as well as the official EFL Team of the Week.

Lee Bowyer thanked him after the game for his contribution but the 30-year-old explained it is no less than he expects from himself.

Speaking to the press after the game he said: “That’s what I expect of myself. I’m always hard on myself, I’ve not played for a year and it always takes a couple of games to bet back into the swing of things and hopefully I can build up some momentum, so I’m hoping for more days like that, more clean sheets. 

“I thought it was probably a fairish result in the end. Obviously with a man sent off you think we might go and nick one but we didn’t quite have that quality to hurt them, a few half-chances but I think we’ll take a point and go again.”

The Charlton stopper praised Akin Famewo, explaining the Norwich loanee has hit the ground running since joining the club last week.

“He’s aggressive and athletic and a big plus for me is that he is a great talker as well,” Amos said. “He’s very loud on the pitch which obviously helps my job and makes my job easier. So far, so good, he’s got a good attitude as well, he likes talking about the game and asking questions, hopefully me and him will build a relationship and likewise with him and the rest of the defenders.”

Famewo is one of three signings since Thomas Sandgaard took over the club in late September. Ben Watson and Marcus Maddison have also joined and Amos said the signings had given his side a boost.

He said: “It is a boost when those kind of players come in. Like Bows has said before, it is then competition for places. 

“Hopefully in the coming weeks we can add to our squad. I think it might only take a few and we’ll be looking a threat to the top of the league.”

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Photography by Kyle Andrews

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