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Posted Monday, April 30th 2018

"The longest 30 seconds of my life" - Fielding

Goalkeeper Frank Fielding has reflected on his penalty save which denied former teammate Lee Tomlin from scoring at the City Ground.

Fielding dived to his right to keep out the spot kick on Saturday (April 27th), to earn City a point and a clean sheet against Nottingham Forest.

Forest's Tomlin, who is on loan from Cardiff City after he departed BS3 last summer, stepped up to take the penalty when Fielding fouled Daryl Osborn in the second half of the match.

The save which followed was a big moment in the game and City looked to build confidence.

Fielding told BCTV: "I gave the penalty away and thought I was going to get sent off.

"But I must thank the staff who work behind the scenes so I half knew which way Tomlin was going to go. I stood there for as long as I could...luckily I did enough to keep to keep the ball out of the goal.

"I'm delighted to be honest because it was a weird 30 seconds, or a minute. It seemed like the longest 30 seconds of my life. I'm just grateful the ball stayed out.

"I saved one of his penalties in my early City days, when he played for Peterborough. I went the other way and Tomlin said he changed his mind last minute, so it was one of the those day. I'm thankful I got the upper hand on him! That's football, it's a crazy old game."

Fielding produced a number of saves to keep Forest at bay in City's final away game of the campaign with the hosts unable to find a way through, despite 24 shots on goal.

Fielding continued: "It was a hard place to play. On another day we would be delighted with the point but the result leaves us out of the play-off game now and we're all disappointed but we'll take the positives.

"It's a hard place to play, Forest are in good form, they're in a transition phase and do look dangerous but we stuck at it and Lloyd Kelly was again magnificent...he was outstanding!"

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